Access to plant protection products progressed by Defra

A sprayer on a potato crop

Following sustained NFU lobbying, farmers now have a timeline for the legislation that will make crucial crop protection products available.

Defra confirmed in October that it had laid proposed secondary legislation that is expected to complete its passage through parliament in December.

It sets out to provide a temporary solution to two issues – the loss of access to seed treated in the EU when post-Brexit arrangements end on 1 January 2024, and the end of parallel imports, the latter of which has happened already and is having an impact on availability and cost.

Access to treated seed would continue to 1 July 2027, a three-and-a-half-year extension to the original cut-off date, as long as products remain authorised in at least one EU or EEA (European Economic Area) member state.

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