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Parliamentary questions
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8 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002176-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Daniel Buda (PPE)

 Subject:  Oilseed rape crops at risk from a dangerous virus
 Answer in writing 

Oilseed rape crops are at risk from the dangerous Turnip Yellows Virus (TuYV). Some two years ago, the company Limagrain launched a study on this virus in Romania, taking oilseed rape samples from all over the country.

The study showed the virus to be present in Romania at an average infestation rate of 81% on the sites tested. The virus starts to attack young plants in the autumn, causing the edges of their leaves to turn purple. It continues to attack plants at the leaf development stage in the spring, again causing purple discoloration of their leaves. This ultimately leads to the damaged leaves drying out, a loss of leaf mass and stunted seed pods with few seeds.

TuYV crop infections are very difficult to spot, but can result in a 25% loss in crop yield and a lower quality harvest.

What tools does the Commission have at its disposal to provide financial support for farmers who have experienced a significant drop in yields?

Original language of question: RO 
Last updated: 26 July 2019Legal notice