BAAjoins crop input tax attack
OPPOSITION to government plans for an environmental tax on crop inputs got the full backing of Roger Doig, newly elected chairman of the British Agrochemicals Association at the industrys annual dinner in London last week.
"The proposed pesticide tax is our biggest threat in the coming year," he told an audience of pesticide manufacturers and distributors. "It is unjust and it is unjustified and we will be doing everything we can to resist it."
Levels in water rarely exceed the official 1ppb limit, he said. And where they do non-farming contamination and isolated point-source spills from agriculture are now the most likely causes. "What we need is continuing education of users and practical, science based legislation. That is our objective."
Guest speaker Tony Pexton, deputy president of the NFU, agreed. "The proposed tax would tax pesticide and fertiliser use, not their misuse. That cant be right." *