Grain producers are not digesting the concept of pesticide regulation announced on [July 19] as part of the Quebec Pesticide Strategy 2015-2018.
The government intends to prohibit the use of five pesticides for agricultural purposes unless it is justified in advance by an agrologist.
A draft of the regulations was published in the Gazette Officielle du Québec on July 19, [and] restrictions may be enforced within 45 days following the date of publication.
Of the pesticides that would be banned, three belong to the family of neonicotinoids, which are associated with the decline of bee colonies.
According to these grain farmers, the measures announced will significantly increase production costs and that the impending measures make up for only a fraction of the negative impact on production.
The [Association of Quebec Grain Growers] estimates that this decline in productivity will amount to several tens of millions of dollars annually.
They also claim that the ban on pesticides in Europe has led to increased use of other pesticides and increased presence of pests.
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