The European Commission’s decision to vote against renewing the approval of fungicide chlorothalonil will ‘rob’ farmers of a ‘vital’ plant protection product.
Chlorothalonil – the active ingredient in Bravo – will not be renewed after member states of the EU’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) voted to ban it.
However, products containing chlorothalonil are already in use this growing season across the UK.
The decision follows the European Chemicals Agency’s classification of chlorothalonil as a category 1 carcinogen, following on from the European Food Standards Agency making a similar recommendation.
Chairman of NFU Scotland’s Combinable Crops Committee, Ian Sands, who owns and contract farms just under 2000 acres in Perthshire, said the decision is a ‘mass set-back’.