India Reduction of pesticides. 30 million euros to help farmers invest

15:31  29 july  2020
15:31  29 july  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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To help farmers reduce the use of phytosanitary products, an envelope of 30 million euros has been released.

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The objective of this program is to help investments to reduce or substitute the use of plant protection products in order to preserve the environment, underlines FranceAgriMer in a press release.

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The next application window will open in early 2019, with over £ 30 million available for future funding rounds for farmers . “We are already seeing the rewards of investing in agri-tech, with around £15 million of new funding announced today for farmers to purchase hi-tech equipment.

The State will thus support the purchase of the most efficient sprayers and certain alternative equipment to the use of phytosanitary products, it is specified.

"Strengthen the protection of local residents"

The list of eligible investments was published on July 9 in the official bulletin of the Ministry of Agriculture. These materials must in particular make it possible to limit drift, that is to say the deposit of products outside the treatment areas, particularly under the effect of the wind.

When this aid was announced in May 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture stressed that it was consistent with the new system implemented on January 1, 2020 to strengthen the protection of local residents during the 'use of phytosanitary products: areas where pesticides are not treated (ZNT).

The State has set minimum distances for the use of pesticides near homes: five meters for so-called low crops such as vegetables and cereals, ten meters for tall crops, fruit trees or vines, 20 meters for the most dangerous, which represent around 0.3% of the active substances used.

Derogations are however possible in case of use of approved equipment reducing spray drift, according to the ministry. The minimum distances can also be shortened within the framework of local charters called good neighborliness, between farmers and residents.

Environmental NGOs believe that these measures are not protective enough for farmers, residents, water resources and biodiversity.

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