Vital onion seed treatment gains emergency authorisation

A collaborative effort to allow a vital seed treatment for 2024 sowing of onions has succeeded.

Emergency authorisation of the Force seed treatment for bulb onions was passed on 1st December 2023 and will enable its use until 15th April 2024. Chair of the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) seed treatment forum Rae Cook explains:

“The combined efforts of the British Onion Producers Association (BOPA), Horticulture Crop Protection UK Ltd (HCP), BSPB and Syngenta UK Ltd has secured this essential seed treatment. The threat of bean seed fly can be too great without it and all those involved are appreciative of the prompt response and support of the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).”

Whilst authorisation has been passed to use the seed treatment, the CRD expects farmers and growers to follow the conditions of use carefully and diligently.

“Seed treatments represent a highly accurate and targeted application of plant protection products that deliver the product exactly where it is needed. Growers need to hold a copy of the approval and stewardship form, which can be found on the pesticide database of the HSE website,” adds Mrs Cook.

She also suggests there is the potential for further emergency authorisations for other crops that could be made available.

“We need users to comply with the details of all stewardship instructions to demonstrate best practice and encourage the authorisation of more seed treatments to aid seedling establishment in the future,” she concludes.

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