Union embarks on rhizo quest
AN NFU delegation to Brussels, to discover exactly why DEFRA is not prepared to defend the UKs rhizomania-free status, was due earlier this week.
"We shall be trying to see the plant health authorities in the EC to find the real reasons behind DEFRAs letter," said sugar beet committee chairman Matt Twidale.
Dozens of calls to the NFUs Newmarket office after DEFRAs letter on rhizomania (Arable, Nov 30) reached farms in the area have reinforced the view that the current containment policy must be maintained.
"The vast majority have supported the industrys position that we need another three years," says regional policy adviser Sandra Nichols. That would allow time for a wider range of tolerant varieties to be developed to cope with the inevitable spread of the disease. *