European rice farmers intend to bring back tricyclazole to protect their crops
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Published Dec 4, 2023
The EU ban on tricyclazole is causing outbreaks of rice blast and reducing the competitiveness of European rice growers. The rejection of the proposal to increase the maximum residue level in imported rice from 0.01 to 0.09 mg/kg tricyclazole is seen as a double standard by the Valencian Farmers' Association, as it allows imports from countries still using the fungicide while banning it for European farmers. The lack of tricyclazole has resulted in significant production losses and a shortage of certain rice varieties in European supermarkets.
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The EU ban on tricyclazole is leading to outbreaks of rice blast and reduced competitiveness with importers from countries where this systemic fungicide is still used. The portal AgroXXI.ru has read an article published in the Spanish agricultural network publication Agroinformacion, which talks about the main headache of European rice growers: “The Environment Committee of the European Parliament rejected the proposal of the European Commission to increase the maximum residue level (MRL) in imported rice from 0. 01 to 0.09 mg/kg tricyclazole, a phytosanitary material that is banned in European rice fields. In Spain, the Valencian Farmers' Association (AVA-ASAJA) welcomed the decision, which meets the demands of the European rice sector, and also called on the European Parliament at its plenary meeting in December to “put an end to this example of double standards demonstrated by the Commission.” The agricultural organization says the rejected initiative is “grossly disingenuous ...