POST Online Media Lite Edition


Use of neonicotinoids for seeds: France accelerating deployment of alternatives, will support sugar beet sector

Christian Fernsby |
The decision issued on Thursday January 19, 2023 by the Court of Justice of the European Union excludes the use of neonicotinoids for seeds and the right to derogate from the European ban under Article 53 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 21 October 2009.

Article continues below

Taking note of the decision, the French Government will not grant a new derogation for 2023.

This decision comes at a time when the Supervisory Board was to meet on January 20 to examine, in the light of scientific data, the possibility of granting a third and final exemption for the use of neonicotinoids for the sugar beet sector, under the law of December 14, 2020.

The objective of the government, since the law of 2020, was to definitively phase out neonicotinoids in 2024.

On the strength of this objective, the government, in conjunction with INRAE, ANSES and technical institutes, had launched a national research and innovation (PNRI) without precedent.

This plan has made it possible to coordinate a major research effort, entirely focused on sugar beet yellows to provide alternative solutions, deployable on the scale of the 400,000 hectare beet plantation and technically and economically viable on the horizon of 2024.

The year 2023 was a pivotal year in this regard.

This sudden decision by the CJEU comes into conflict with a work program established for 3 years and causes legitimate concerns among growers, sugar producers and seed producers about the March 2023 sowing campaign and more generally the future of the sugar beet sector.

Marc Fesneau, Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, brought together industry professionals from Monday 23 January to discuss the situation with them and build an appropriate action plan that guarantees the sustainability of our industry.

This action plan in support of the entire sugar beet sector, which will be specified in the coming days with the sector and the scientific teams of the PNRI, will be based in particular on the following commitments:

• From the 2023 campaign, and in liaison with professionals, new technical itineraries aimed at protecting the beets, planted this year, will be developed;

• At the same time, all the immediately available solutions resulting from the projects of the national research and innovation plan, in particular companion plants, will be deployed and accelerated by the 2023 sowing horizon, on as much surface area as possible.

The choice will be left to farmers to deploy these tools. The research program will also be accelerated and the resources needed to manage the projects will be increased;

• France will ensure the homogeneity of the application of the CJEU's decision within all the countries of the European Union in order to avoid any distortion prejudicial to the French sector;

• France will trigger a safeguard clause with the European Commission to ensure that seeds, beets and beet sugar imported in 2023 cannot be treated with neonicotinoids;

• In 2023, the State will put in place financial support to support planters, which can be mobilized in the event of loss of yield linked to jaundice. This aid, the technical elements of which will have to be defined quickly, is intended to secure planters and industrialists in this transition.

"Faced with this decision for immediate application in Europe, and while France was engaged in a three-year program of research into alternatives to neonicotinoids which was due to end this year, we must act by lucidly confronting the new deal created by this situation," Marc Fesneau, Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty said.

"And urgently by giving visibility to planters and the entire sector, failing which it could face enormous difficulties. This is the purpose of the action plan presented January 23 to professionals in the sugar beet sector, which bears witness to the urgent mobilization of the government to ensure the sustainability of an agricultural and industrial sector essential to our territories and our economy."

What to read next

Emergency pesticide authorisation approved to protect sugar beet in England if specific conditions met
Philippines Government's sugar import program seen to benefit both producers and consumers
Pakistan issued show cause notices to Pakistan Sugar Mills Association

U.S.: Severe thunderstorms forecast for portions of Plains, Mississippi Valley, and mid south

A deep upper-level trough over the West will begin to move out over the High Plains Thursday, encouraging lee cyclogenesis in the Central High Plains.


Mayor Scott’s statement on Clean Harbors’ decision to not process East Palestine, Oh. wastewater in Baltimore
Mayor Wu to expand Boston's tuition free community college program
New York: Start of construction on $67 million public housing development in Troy
SEACOM announces new group CEO


German public sector wage talks fail, enter truce phase

Bulgarian farmers protest duty-free grain imports from Ukraine
Denmark says object found at Nord Stream 2 pipeline probably empty smoke buoy
At least 31 dead after Philippines ferry carrying 250 passengers catches fire
Multiple people feared dead after two HH60 Blackhawk helicopters collide in Kentucky
U.S.: Northeast snow squalls possible, western active weather continues


£21bn of public money lost in fraud since COVID pandemic, most forever

Electricity Consumers Society of Kenya seeks order quashing increment in power tariffs
Greece raises $2.7 billion
Vitamins market estimated to reach $8.9 billion
New cars sold in EU must be zero-emission from 2035
Azerenergy urges for savings amid drop in water level

Trending Now

Alfa Romeo Tonale Edizione Bambini, perfect for family

Mayor Scott’s statement on Clean Harbors’ decision to not process East Palestine, Oh. wastewater in Baltimore

Mayor Wu to expand Boston's tuition free community college program

U.S.: Severe thunderstorms forecast for portions of Plains, Mississippi Valley, and mid south


Serbia: Great importance of traffic connection with Hungary

German government introduces draft law to attract foreign skilled workers
Türkiye pledges to supply natural gas to Hungary
Belgium to support Kenya's transformation agenda
Italy's new €19 billion of recovery funds delayed
Hungary and Poland vote against "dangerous" EC gas cuts proposal

Today We Recommend

Vitamins market estimated to reach $8.9 billion


Petrofac, Hitachi Energy receive 13 billion euros agreement from TenneT

Lululemon Athletica Q4 revenue increased

Origin Energy agrees to $10.21 billion takeover deal from Brookfield consortium


Dr. Oetker to acquire frozen pizza snacks company Galileo Lebensmittel

Primark giving 26,000 shop workers pay rise from April
Petrofac, Hitachi Energy receive 13 billion euros agreement from TenneT
DP World opens one-stop refrigerated container facility in Sydney
Vale to pay $55.9 million to settle charges related to misleading disclosures prior to deadly dam collapse
SWISS to recruit experienced first officers


Appian appoints Douglas Coleman as head of Mexico

DTiQ announces senior leadership appointment
Vanda Pharmaceuticals appoints Tage Honoré to board
Akhona Qengqe to become KFC Africa’s new general manager
Marlabs appoints Usha Jamadagni as chief delivery officer
Rolls-Royce announces new leadership for Africa


U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly improves in March

Italy: Consumer confidence strengthens in March
Scotland's onshore GDP increased by 0.9% in January
Italy’s foreign trade with non-EU27 countries increased
U.S. trade deficit for goods rises 0.6% to $91.6 billion in February
Virginia labor force participation nears pre-pandemic level


H&M Q1 profit rises

Lululemon Athletica Q4 revenue increased
Cal-Maine Foods Q3 sales $997.5 million
Jefferies Q1 earnings $134 million
Dollarama Q4 sales increased
Dollarama Q4 sales increased


Micromanaging is the worst enemy of efficiency and teamwork

Niger set to monetize massive gas reserves through Saharan natural gas pipeline
Putting the brakes on EV folly that choked the market
Oil discovery in Kavango Basin may mean huge benefits for Namibians
Cape Town and Dubai battle over Africa's energy future
Is America going to lose its superpower status?


Ireland: Minister Hackett announces commencement of Organic Farming Scheme 2022 balancing payments

Namibia suspends poultry imports from Argentina, Chile after bird flu outbreaks
Michigan: HPAI detected in Lapeer County flock
Russia's Volgograd region: Batch of celery infected with quarantine harmful objects arrived from Iran
Hong Kong suspends import of poultry meat and products from areas in Argentina, Japan
Emergency support allows families in Moldova to feed their cattle


Acquisitions can nix existing partnerships

Success of working from home depends on company health
Consumers less likely to support brands with unconventional spellings
HR practices have both positive and negative effects on employee mental health
CEO education is no guarantee of stock market success
How remote work affects managers


Former CFO of Russian natural gas company Novatek convicted of making false statements to IRS

William Hill almost lost licence, fined record $24 million for gambling failures
UK construction firms fined nearly £60 million for breaking competition law by bid rigging
Former Puerto Rico mayor convicted of accepting bribes
McDonald's fined $53,000 in South Korea for leaking customers data
Poland: UOKIK fines Merida Polska $573,000



To taste good maple taffy come to Maple Sugar Festival

Watches and Wonders trade fair kicks off in Geneva
Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival is back and better than ever
laïla, Seychelles opens
Five day street food festival in Mangaluru brings Indian food to city
Qatar International Food Festival is back


Alfa Romeo Tonale Edizione Bambini, perfect for family

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, 1,025 HP for your joy
First GMC Sierra EV, power source on wheels
Ford Puma ST Powershift, most powerful 1.0‑litre EcoBoost engine
Toyota launches new Prius PHEV in Japan
Ariel Atom, serious motor sport or ultimate fun


Italian coffee makers to feel like a pro

Juliska tableware, collections for every occasion
Wool coats, a timeless fashion investment
Venetto bedding, creating a beautiful bedroom space
Bed headboards, sleep like a king
Great rugs for generations responsibly made


Focal Vestia N°3, floorstanding loudspeaker for accomplished performance

New Cherry microphones for professional sound quality
Mobile Fidelity UltraDeck turntable, extreme pursuit of highest level of reproduction
Nokia G22, good smartphone you can fix yourself
NAD C 3050 LE amplifier, a classic reinvented
Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED, ultralighta and powerful laptop with OLED display


China plans random, spot checks at hospitals to track COVID

FDA approves first over the counter naloxone nasal spray
British Columbia takes actions to prevent shortage of diabetes drug
Oklahoma women now have access to expanded pregnancy and postpartum coverage
Luxembourg makes contraception free in April
Legal cannabis markets linked to increased motor vehicle deaths


Supermassive black hole 30 billion times the mass of our Sun discovered

China’s Chang’e-5 lander finds potential water reservoir on moon
Park Board: Help keep Vancouver’s Canada goose population in check
Large asteroid coming close
Kenya on high alert after Tanzania reports Marburg disease outbreak
New findings released from world's most powerful solar telescope