France – Sugar beet growers secure aid following tractor protest in Paris against neonicotinoids ban [Full subscriber]
Hundreds of beet growers with their tractors drove into Paris on February 8th to protest against the ban on the use of neonicotinoids which they say will significantly affect crop production and their livelihood and result in sugar factory closures.
UK government approves the use of neonicotinoids for the 2022 sugar beet crop if specific conditions are met [Full subscriber]
The UK government has approved the emergency authorisation to allow the use of the insecticide neonicotinoid thiamethoxam to treat sugar beet seed in 2022. This is in recognition of the potential danger posed to the 2022 crop from the beet yellows virus.
EU – Court dismisses Bayer’s appeal to lift ban on neonicotinoids [Full subscriber]
The European Union’s top court on May 6 upheld the EU’s partial ban on three neonicotinoid insecticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on sugar beet plus other crops.
UK – Sugar beet growers secure the use of neonicotinoid-treated seed in 2021 [Full subscriber]
The government has approved an emergency application for sugar beet growers to use neonicotinoid-treated seed to combat virus yellows in 2021.
France eases ban on neonicotinoids to help beet growers [Full subscriber]
French lawmakers approved on 6th October a draft bill allowing sugar beet growers to use neonicotinoids that were banned to protect honeybees. The National Assembly adopted the bill by 313 votes in favour and 158 against.
Belgium secures the use of nenoics in sugar beet [Full subscriber]
Following the ban on the use of neonicotinoids in EU announced last April, the number of countries resorting to emergency measure to restore their use is growing as there are no effective alternative insecticides. Recently, Belgium has temporarily allowed the use of some neonicotinoids from mid-February 2019 until mid-June 2019.
EU – Ban on neonicotinoids will hit beet productivity [Full subscriber]
European Union countries have voted to widen a partial ban on neonicotinoid pesticides so it covers all outdoor crops. This is likely to dent sugar beet production in the trading bloc, farming groups said.