Spain sees EU threat to IPM
Integrated pest management IPM systems in Spain are under threat from the European Commission’s plans for a revision of the EU agrochemical registration Directive (91/414). That is the view of the Spanish citrus fruit producer company, EFYASA (Huelva), and the Spanish agrochemical industry association, the AEPLA. EFYASA has “successfully grown citrus through IPM systems, combining chemical and biological controls, for ten years”, it says. EFYASA agronomist José Luis Ripollés says that the use of IPM in Spanish agriculture is becoming increasingly difficult.