EU drops pesticide woes on SA farmers

It is a common misconception that products are not approved in the EU because they are hazardous, but there are other reasons

18 October 2020 - 00:11 By JANE STEINACKER

South African farmers are getting the squeeze from the EU, which has lowered its maximum residual levels of pesticide on imported produce, a move that could put South African exports at risk.

Paul Makube, senior agricultural economist at FNB, says if maximum residue levels (MRLs) are too low it becomes unprofitable for farmers, who may lose crops to pests or have to harvest later when there is less residue on the plants...

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