Crop products fall

21 March 1997




Crop products fall


CROP protection product usage in Europe has dropped sharply, according to statistics compiled by the European Crop Protection Association.

Between 1991 and 1995 the volume of pesticides used in the 13 member states of the European Union for which usage data is available dropped from 313,960t in 1991 to 244,165t in 1995, a decrease of 21%.

The average application rate of products has also fallen sharply from 4.2kg/ha in 1991 to 3.3kg/ha in 1995 – again a reduction of 21%.

Four major factors account for the change, says the ECPA – new products with lower application rates, improved application technologies, new farming approaches such as integrated crop management and, lastly, national mandatory schemes for reduction in their use. &#42

CROP protection product usage in Europe has dropped sharply, according to statistics compiled by the European Crop Protection Association.

Between 1991 and 1995 the volume of pesticides used in the 13 member states of the European Union for which usage data is available dropped from 313,960t in 1991 to 244,165t in 1995, a decrease of 21%.

The average application rate of products has also fallen sharply from 4.2kg/ha in 1991 to 3.3kg/ha in 1995 – again a reduction of 21%.

Four major factors account for the change, says the ECPA – new products with lower application rates, improved application technologies, new farming approaches such as integrated crop management and, lastly, national mandatory schemes for reduction in their use. &#42


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