Slug pellets© Tim Scrivener
Water companies are offering farmers in high priority catchment areas financial incentives to make the switch from metaldehyde to ferric phosphate slug pellets. Metaldehyde pellets can prove an expensive problem for the water industry if they are washed into watercourses because the pesticide is difficult to remove from drinking water supplies using current treatment methods. Severn Trent is running a voluntary “product substitution scheme” for farmers in the Derwent catchment area in Derbyshire who have traditionally used metaldehyde-based slug pellets. […]
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