Pesticide robberies up in Italy
Pesticide product thefts rose substantially last year in Italy. Some €720,000 ($918,000 at the current rate) worth of products were stolen in 2008, compared with €500,000 ($638,000) in the previous year, the Italian agrochemical industry association, Agrofarma, says. That followed two years of falling levels of theft. Robberies in 2006 amounted to around €1 million ($459,000). Agrofarma has congratulated the police for its “stop and go” operations, which scored a recent success in Bari. “The success of the [Bari] operation highlights law enforcement capabilities on the issue, and that consumers should be assured that controls work,” it says. The association has run a four-year campaign against counterfeit products, which is “a more serious issue”. It trains farmers and distributors to combat the trade.