France plans to relax pesticide ban on sugar beet to curb crop losses

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PARIS (Reuters) – The French government will propose lifting the ban on certain pesticides accused of harming bees in order to protect sugar beet crops which have been ravaged by insects this year, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday .The government plans to back a legislative amendment in parliament this fall to exempt sugar beet for a period of up to three years from a blanket ban on seeds treated with an insecticide, the ministry said in a statement after. a meeting with representatives of the sugar industry.

Sugar beet growers accuse the ban of neonicotinoid chemicals of insect attacks that could decimate yields this year, warning that this could threaten the French sugar sector after a fall in prices in recent years that has already led to slumps. plant closures.

Report by Sybille de La Hamaide and Dominique Vidalon, written by Gus Trompiz; edited by David Evans

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