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Spanish summit stresses veg growers’ IPM advances

Spanish fruit and vegetable growers have met with national and regional regulators in the southern region of Andalusia to seek stronger insecticide use controls. They discussed co-ordination methods between the various groups, including regulators, in enforcing safe use of active ingredients. Several EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed notifications in 2007-8 following detections of a banned insecticide in peppers from the region led to a loss of export sales for all growers ( Agrow No 535, p 12). The discussions covered ways of increasing training and access to information, inspection protocols and setting measures to facilitate access to markets. The Ministry of Agriculture welcomed steps already taken in the region such as extending IPM measures and the expansion of pesticide residue controls, that had risen to four times more than the national minimum requirements.

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