CLA President Henry Robinson has commented on the refusal of the applications for emergency use of neonicotinoid seed treatment in the UK.
Mr Robinson said: “In the long-term the best outcome both for farming and for the environment is that we reach the point where this type of crop protection product is no longer routinely needed in agriculture. However, we are not there yet and in the shorter-term these products are critical for many farmers in growing healthy and viable crops.
“We are disappointed in the decision to refuse an emergency authorisation for their use in planting of oilseed rape this summer. We urge regulators to ensure their strategies support the future that we are all working towards by recognising the needs of agriculture today while of course taking account of legitimate, evidenced environmental concerns.”