7 de junio de 2018
AILIMPO REVISES ITS «MANUAL OF RECOMMENDED ACTIVE SUBSTANCES AND TREATMENTS IN THE PRODUCTION OF LEMONS » TO HELP PROTECTING BEES.
Without waiting for the legal cut-off date at the end of 2018, AILIMPO has, as of immediate effect, removed the recommendations for the use of imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.
AILIMPO values the work of bees and their contribution to biodiversity and the environment.
The 28 Member States of the EU agreed on April 28 to prohibit the outdoor use of several pesticides considered dangerous to bees, because they are neurotoxic substances that attack this insect’s nervous system, and the use of which has already been restricted since 2013, following an initial negative evaluation by the European Agency for Food Safety (EFSA).
As a result of that decision, AILIMPO, sensitive to this issue and in defence of bees and other pollinating insects that are fundamental for the production of our lemons and grapefruits, has revised its “Manual of Recommended Active Substances and Treatments” as of immediate effect, by removing neonicotinoids that appeared in it until now. The new version, effective as of today, is now available on the AILIMPO website, and imidacloprid and thiamethoxam are not listed any more.
Although the ban on these active substances will not be legally enforced until the end of 2018, AILIMPO has immediately withdrawn from the manual these 2 substances as a way of being coherent and responsible.
The AILIMPO Manual aims to recommend treatments for various types of pests or diseases in lemon trees, always under the premise of sustainable and rational use, and evidently paying special attention to caring for the environment and biodiversity. «Food safety and plant health are a key point in AILIMPO’s action plan, which year after year works to support and promote the sustainable use of plant protection products», says José Antonio García, director of AILIMPO. For that purpose «This manual has been put together as a basic and indispensable tool for the sector.»