EU farmers blame low yields on agchem shortage
A predicted 10.6% drop in EU oilseed rape production and a 7.5% decline in cereal output this year is largely due to a lack of agrochemicals on the market, warn European farmers’ groups. New estimates by Copa-Cogeca confirm similar warnings it made earlier this year. Rapeseed and maize crops are under pressure from the combined effect of: the EU suspension of neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments; a general lack of agrochemicals due to a restrictive and lengthy approval system; and poor weather conditions, it says. However, farmers have been increasing their protein crop production in response to rising demand, it adds.