Emergency use of the cropprotection product Insyst has been authorised to protect winter oilseed rapefrom further damage by cabbage stem flea beetle following growing pressure fromfarmers who have seen significant damage to their crops.
The approval was eventuallygranted for 120 days on Friday 26 September following the completion of technicalevaluations.
NFU vice president Guy Smith said: We have pushed hard for this approval overthe last few weeks and while we are pleased to see it finally come through, weare frustrated by the time it has taken.
Formany farmers currently trying to combat the flea beetle menace, this approvalwill give them a new vital tool in their tool box when it comes to establishinggood crops of oilseed rape. But for those who have already seen their cropssignificantly compromised by flea beetle, the response is bound to be, if onlywe had had these products sooner.
Thechallenge of growing oilseed rape this autumn without a key crop protectiontool demonstrates well the points we have raised in our Healthy Harvestcampaign. Farmers need crop protection materials to grow healthy crops,benefitting our economy and for our bio-diversity.
Weneed regulators to properly understand the impacts their decisions can have onthe ability of farmers to produce a reliable supply of affordable, healthy,food to meet a growing demand.
The second most planted crop inEngland, oilseed rape is an extremely important crop for pollinators includingbees, providing an abundant, early supply of nectar and pollen. These bees arein turn valuable to rapeseed growers and essential to other farmers in helpingpollinate their crops.
The NFU is also aware that anextension of use for the Bayer product Biscaya has also been approved. Thisextension will relieve pressure on farmers to control aphids and thedestructive Turnips Yellow virus that they spread, in the absence of control byneonicotinoid seed treatments.