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French distributors protest being made Ecophyto scapegoats

Agrochemical distributors in France have “strongly objected” to being made scapegoats in the French Agriculture Minister’s new Ecophyto plan aimed at halving pesticide usage in the country by 2025. One aspect of the plan outlined earlier this month involves a requirement in the form of plant protection product savings certificates, called Cepp, for distributors to reduce by 20% over five years the number of agrochemicals sold. A penalty would be imposed on any distributor not reaching the target of 20% in five years.

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