Farmers warn EU oilseeds hit by neonic ban
European farmers are reducing their oilseed rape plantings and a drop in 2015 production is forecast due to the EU suspension of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments. The warning comes from European farmers group Copa-Cogeca, quoting its first results of the effect of the ban. “The problem is no alternative tools for crop protection exist for spring varieties and crops are being decimated by flea beetle attacks. More and more farmers will not produce oilseeds any more as it would be too risky if the two-year suspension for neonicotinoid treatments becomes permanent,” says Arnaud Rousseau, chairman of Copa-Cogeca’s oilseeds working party.