9 November 2001
Farmers win pesticide import battle

By Isabel Davies at the Court of Appeal

THE National Farmers Union has won its battle to get a change in the law which should make it easier for farmers to import cheaper pesticides.

A ruling was handed down in favour of the union in the Court of Appeal in London, on Friday (9 November).

The union had been given leave to intervene in a case brought about by the Crop Protection Association, which wanted stricter rules on imports.

The NFU and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs argued that the test for parallel imports should be that chemicals are similar.

The law had insisted that chemicals must be identical in composition.

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