23 February 1998
Crop QA schemes – falling down over suppliers commissions?

WHERE is the sense in having “quality assurance” schemes for crops when many agrochemical distributors pay their staff on a part-commission basis on turnover?

This should be stopped, or perhaps an independent crop advisor should be compulsory for those on a QA scheme.

TIMOTHY MONCKTON, Monckton Crop Management, 7 John Forbes House, Pittville Crescent, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire