Spanish agronomists call for safe use training
Spanish agronomists warn of the dangers from a lack of ambition shown by EU legislators to promote the safe use of pesticides. The Spanish central and Canaries’ association of agronomists, the COIACyC, criticises the EU Parliament-approved sustainable use directive as it “only advises” member states to establish training systems for pesticide distributors, assessors and users (see this issue). The association calls for the establishment of a training qualification that could bring together varied knowledge (pest cycles, application rate and timing among others), for a “rigorous know-how” on safe use. It also believes that southern EU member states, such as Spain, would be at a comparative disadvantage from the adoption of the proposed directive. They would suffer most from new restrictions on insecticides as pest infestations are greater in southern Europe, it explains.