14. 05. 2018 15:35
Slovak sugar producers are criticizing the European Commission's decision to ban three kinds of neonicotinoids (thiamethoxam, clothianidin and imidacloprid), which they use for treating sugar beet seeds, said Jana Holéciová, spokesperson of the Slovak Agriculture and Food Chamber (SPPK). In her opinion, the study by the European Food Safety Authority did not prove the existence of any risk for the use of these substances. Slovak producers argue that there is no suitable replacement for the neonicotinoids and their ban would mean a return to classical flat spraying. The commission introduced the ban at the end of April and farmers will start sowing sugar beet without neonicotinoids from the following year.