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Seeds free of plant protection products

As of 1 November 2019, all Semillas Fitó Solanaceae and cucurbit seeds will be sold free of plant protection products.


This new measure meets the growing demands of society to reduce pesticide use and preserve the environment and complies with current European regulations. This is another step towards the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.

 

Regulatory Framework:

• The European Commission decided by means of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1500 of 9 October 2018, not to renew the approval of the
active substance thiram. This Regulation establishes 1 February 2020 as the deadline for ending the sale and sowing of seeds treated with this active
substance.
• The European Directive on the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products dictates in Article 14 that “Member States shall take all necessary
measures to promote low pesticide-input pest management, giving wherever possible priority to non-chemical methods”.


Society and its institutions are demanding that the horticultural production sector make an effort to find solutions that minimize the impact of plant
protection products on the environment and guarantee consumer safety.

 

At Semillas Fitó we understand that any measure that helps to achieve this objective from the beginning to the end of the crop cycle must be introduced where necessary. That is why we have made the decision not only to adopt the EC regulations that limit the use of thiram, but to go one step further, eliminating plant protection agents from all our Solanaceae and cucurbit seeds.

 

For now we will continue to treat legume and sweet corn seeds with the authorized fungicides that are effective until we have alternatives that
guarantee a lower impact on the environment.


To face up to this new challenge we have increased our efforts in prevention and control up to the point our products are shipped. Seed production and extraction systems have been improved and we have incorporated the latest detection methods in our Quality Control laboratory
to confirm that the seed is free of all fungi.


As a result, we are ready to stop selling treated cucurbit and Solanaceae seeds from 01/11/2019, although it is possible that for a few weeks, thiram-
treated seed will be supplied until our stocks run out.

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