Canola in­dus­try con­cerned about PMRA’S pro­posed de­ci­sion to phase out valu­able tech­nol­ogy for Canada’s canola farm­ers

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The Pest Man­age­ment Reg­u­la­tory Agency (PMRA) has re­leased pro­posed de­ci­sions to phase out the out­door use of cloth­i­an­i­din and thi­amethoxam, two im­por­tant prod­ucts used by canola grow­ers to pre­vent dam­age caused by flea bee­tles.

“Sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion and sci­ence-based de­ci­sions about risk are the foun­da­tion of our in­dus­try,” Brian Innes, vice pres­i­dent of public af­fairs for the Canola Coun­cil of Canada said on Au­gust 15. “To­day’s 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 canola in­dus­try con­tin­ues to sup­port PMRA’S sci­ence-based de­ci­sion-mak­ing process. The canola in­dus­try re­lies on con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in agri­cul­tural in­no­va­tion, which is fa­cil­i­tated by pre­dictable and sci­ence-based reg­u­la­tory ap­proval pro­cesses.

The pro­posed de­ci­sions are of con­cern for the canola in­dus­try as a ban will re­duce yield and in­crease the risks faced by grow­ers. A study pub­lished in 2017 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.

Th­ese prod­ucts have been re­spon­si­bly used by canola pro­duc­ers as a seed treat­ment to con­trol pests as part of their in­te­grated pest man­age­ment pro­grams. To­day’s de­ci­sion is not re­lated to bees. PMRA ear­lier de­ter­mined that cloth­i­an­i­din and thi­amethoxam do not pose a risk to pol­li­na­tors, in­clud­ing honey bees, when used as a seed treat­ment on canola.

The Canola Coun­cil of Canada will thor­oughly re­view to­day’s pro­posed de­ci­sions on cloth­i­an­i­din and thi­amethoxam and will con­tinue to ac­tively con­trib­ute to the re­view process.

The Canola Coun­cil of Canada is a full value chain or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing canola grow­ers, pro­ces­sors, life sci­ence com­pa­nies and ex­porters. Keep it Com­ing 2025 is the strate­gic plan to en­sure the canola in­dus­try’s con­tin­ued growth, de­mand, sta­bil­ity and suc­cess – achiev­ing 52 bushels per acre to meet global mar­ket de­mand of 26 mil­lion met­ric tonnes by the year 2025.

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