The Consequences of the "cut off" Criteria for Pesticides : Agronomic and Financial Aspects

15-12-2008

The current Commission proposal concerning "The placing on the market of plant protection products", updating Directive 91/414, and the E. Parliament first reading decision contain the 'cut-off' or exclusion criteria which, if adopted would have a devastating effect on farmers’ ability to grow a significant number of products. They do not recognise the critical importance of pesticides in controlling and eliminating crop diseases and pests and in increasing crop yields across the EU. The aim of the note is to assess the scale and magnitude of the potential losses for the EU farmers, in the case that the new regulation is adopted.

The current Commission proposal concerning "The placing on the market of plant protection products", updating Directive 91/414, and the E. Parliament first reading decision contain the 'cut-off' or exclusion criteria which, if adopted would have a devastating effect on farmers’ ability to grow a significant number of products. They do not recognise the critical importance of pesticides in controlling and eliminating crop diseases and pests and in increasing crop yields across the EU. The aim of the note is to assess the scale and magnitude of the potential losses for the EU farmers, in the case that the new regulation is adopted.

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Panayotis Theodoris (Representative of Greece to the group for pesticides of SCFH&AH)