CRD announces use up dates for Biscaya and Calypso


Written by Charlotte Cunningham

. Growers have until 3 Feb 2021 to use up any remaining stocks of the foliar insecticides Biscaya and Calypso (thiacloprid) after the Chemicals Regulation Division confirmed the end of sales date of the 3 Aug 2020 for thiacloprid-containing products. Charlotte Cunningham reports. The announcement from CRD follows the decision by the European Commission not to renew approval for thiacloprid on the 13 January this year. The decision to not renew thiacloprid was met with disappointment by Bayer. “Calypso has been the cornerstone of pest control in apples, soft, cane and stone fruit and Biscaya has protected broadacre crops against virus-carrying aphids for many years without posing a danger to human health or other non-target organisms such as bees or parasitic wasps. Yet despite no other means of controlling those vectors resistant to carbamate and pyrethroid insecticides, thiacloprid has been lost,” said Edward Hagues, root crop product manager for Bayer. “We have worked extensively to provide the Commission with the information needed to make a reasoned judgement, but unfortunately the basis for such decisions means unless conclusive proof can be obtained, it will follow the precautionary principle that seeks to avoid potential hazards,” he added. Additional measures In communicating the…
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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...