On Aug. 15, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) released proposed decisions to phase out all outdoor use of clothianidin and thiamethoxam, two important products that have been used responsibly by Canadian canola growers to control flea beetles as part of their integrated pest management strategies.

“CAAR is concerned about the impact this ban of these two products will have on the canola sector, including canola growers and the retailers who serve those growers” says Mitch Rezansoff, Executive Director of CAAR. “These products are play an important role in keeping the canola industry healthy and sustainable.”

A 2017 study based on European growers’ experience without these products showed that growers faced an increased risk of insect damage, had lower yields and, as a result, seeded less canola. With more than 22 million acres of canola in Canada in 2018, banning these plant protection tools would have a dramatic impact.

“Sustainable production and science-based decisions about risk are the foundation of our industry,” says Brian Innes, vice president of public affairs for the Canola Council of Canada. “The announcement is concerning because these products are very important for our growers, and without viable alternatives, the ban will significantly impact the canola sector.”

The proposed decisions are subject to a 90-day consultation period, and CAAR is a part of an industry coalition which is thoroughly review proposed decisions. CAAR will continue to update membership during this process and work toward a positive outcome for members and the industry. 

Click here to read the Canola Council's statement on the PMRA's proposed neonics ban.

 

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