The Agriculture & Progress Platform brings together sugar beet growers, maize growers and sugar manufacturers at European level, practicing and striving to further improve sustainable agricultural production. We have recently been confronted once again with the necessity of keeping food production in the EU in order to ensure sufficient food security. Making sure the EU agriculture and primary food processing sector remain competitive is therefore key and plant protection products (PPPs) are important in that context. Therefore, we are closely following the proposed Sustainable Use of Pesticides Regulation (SUR). As a complement to our earlier position, we would like to express our specific views on some key elements of the proposal.
- Evaluate the REAL impacts;
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) works: it should be further developed and improved and include support for innovative New Genomic Techniques;
- Moving to sustainable alternatives provided they are also affordable and equally effective;
- Reciprocity between production standards of EU products and of imported products: a horizontal measure in agriculture and food policy.
We consider the above points as vital to guarantee a viable environment for EU farmers and primary food processors. We urge the Commission, Member States and the European Parliament to take these into account for the upcoming political discussions.
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