PROPOSALS by the European Union to dramatically restrict the usage of plant protection products could add further to food inflation, the Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA) warned.
Brendan Barnes, director of APHA, which represents manufacturers and distributors of plant protection products, said the adoption of the proposals would lead to a narrower range of products for weed, disease and pest control.
“A narrower range of products would have major implications for the control of pests and diseases and would result in the inevitable risk of a build-up in resistance to particular chemicals. The end result would be reduced crop yields and higher prices,” Mr Barnes said.
He said that the European Crop Protection Association, which represents the crop protection sector throughout the EU, has written to the president of the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers, requesting that a detailed assessment be carried out on the impact of the proposals on EU food production and food prices.
The issue will be discussed at the meeting of EU heads of government in Slovenia on June 19-20.
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