AIC disappointed by decision on oilseed rape seed treatment

The Agricultural Industries Confederation is disappointed that Syngenta has withdrawn its emergency use application for Cruiser OSR on oilseed rape in the UK for this autumn, but recognises that the company had a finite timeline in which to gain the approval and implement effective stewardship safeguards, which AIC members would have undertaken in line with the responsible use of other plant protection products.

“The move highlights how critical timing is for the seed processing sector of the agricultural supply chain,” said Paul Rooke, Head of AIC’s Seed Sector.

The result is that planting this autumn will see oilseed rape seed being drilled without the proven protection against pests that neonicotinoid products have offered in recent years.

“We hope that the Government will monitor crops during the coming season to evaluate the impact on crop growth and ultimately yield of one of the UK’s major crops,” said Mr Rooke. “As ever, AIC is committed to decisions based on sound science rather than political idealogy or public scaremongering

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