CPA CEO Nick von Westenholz said;
“It is disappointing that the government has chosen to reject this second application for an emergency derogation for neonicotinoids. As a result, many farmers will experience significant damage from Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle and have difficulty establishing oilseed rape in parts of the UK.
“Farmers are being denied access to this vital technology because of an over precautionary approach to regulation that places too much emphasis on theoretical and unrealistic threats rather than actual risks. There is widespread acknowledgement, including from beekeeping groups, that weather, disease and habitat loss are by far the most significant factors affecting pollinator health.”