‘Severe blow’ to Irish agriculture: Regulators reject farmers’ request to use neonicotinoid insecticides

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Seeds treated with a neonicotinoid insecticide.

The failure to grant a derogation for the use of Redigo Deter seed dressing – which contains the neonicotinoid clothianidin – on cereal crops has been described as “yet another severe blow for Irish tillage farmers” by Mark Browne – the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) grain committee chairman.

In a statement to AgriLand, the IFA noted it had requested a derogation from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, for the product “due to its role in the control of barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV)”.

In its statement, the IFA said: “The failure of the minister to support the sector on this issue will further erode the ability of Irish farmers to compete against feed imports from other EU and particularly third countries, which produce grains under lower environmental standards.”

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The product, which contains clothianidin, was banned in the EU – for outdoor use along with two other neonicotinoid products – in April 2018.

A study published by the European Food Safety Authority led the commission to consider the potential risk these products could have on wild pollinators and honey bees when they are on non-flowering crops.

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