8 vegetable farms and their three intermediaries were fined this week in correctional court in Coutances (Manche) between 10,000 and 80,000 euros [11,876 to 95,012 USD] for trafficking 132 tons of dichloropropene imported from Spain.
Between February 2018 and November 2020, some carrot producers in Créances used nearly 100 tons of this pesticide with a lapsed derogation from 2018, in order to fight against the parasitic worm affecting this crop in particular.
“The sector knew that the derogations would not last,” testified Stéphane Travert, LREM deputy of the Manche department and former minister of Agriculture (2017-2018). The defendants “should have started anticipating in 2009” when the use of this product became only possible in Europe with a derogation, according to Mrs Briand, representative of the farmers’ confederation.
The intermediary who was ordering the products in Spain was fined 80,000 euros [95,012 USD], of which 30,000 [35,629 USD] suspended. The man who was grouping the orders was fined 60,000 euros [71.259 USD], of which 30,000 [35,629 USD] suspended. And finally, a fine of 20,000 euros [23.753 USD], of which 10,000 [11,876 USD] suspended, for the agricultural company that was spreading the product during the night and filing false invoices.
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