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Spanish growers fear EU fipronil ban

The loss of the insecticide, fipronil, will leave Spanish maize and sunflower growers with no alternative means of pest control. The EU has implemented a two-year ban on the use of fipronil-based seed treatments on maize and sunflower seed (see this issue). The move will result in a major loss of production in Spain, the national vegetable breeders association, the Anove, warns. Following the suspension of three neonicotinoid insecticides in April (Agrow No 665, p 6), the move against fipronil has denied Spanish farmers the only alternative available, association general secretary Antonio Villaroel complains. The association thanks the Spanish Agriculture Ministry for its vote against the ban on fipronil.

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