9 January 2015

AHDB report on withdrawal of active substances

A report written by Sarah Wynn, ADAS UK Ltd and commissioned by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, highlights the economic impacts of yield loss for the withdrawal of active substances on 51 horticultural, arable and forestry crops based on information available as at September 2014.

Under the revision of the pesticide approvals legislation and the implementation of European Union Plant Protection Products (PPP) Regulation (1107/2009) there has been a move from a risk to hazard based assessment criteria for the approvals of pesticide active substances. As part of this move it was identified that endocrine disrupting active substances should be classified as a hazard. However, the definition of endocrine disruptor (ED) has been hard to develop. It is currently anticipated that a number of important agricultural pesticide active substances could be defined as endocrine disruptors.

The impacts are calculated for 3 cumulative scenarios and detail the likely cost to the horticultural sector. On an already squeezed industry with costs of production and price paid growers will have yet another bridge to cross.  The full report can be read by clicking here.