France: Ardèche producers worried about the future of the cherry sector

Faced with an increasingly limited use of phytosanitary products, the producers are worried the cherry sector might eventually disappear. 

At the beginning of January, producers and union representatives met on a farm in Bozas. The president of FDSEA Ardèche, Christel Gézana, first recalled the difficult year for fruit growers because of the April frost. She then mentioned that the insecticide Imidan used to fight against fruit flies will probably have to be abandoned, which could eventually lead to the disappearance of cherry trees. Joël Limouzin, vice-president of FNSEA in charge of climate and sanitary risks, also spoke about phytosanitary products. The sector is placing a lot of hope on the French presidency of the Council of the European Union to see some harmonization of the authorizations.

Climate change
Another source of concern for the sector: the reform on climate risk management tools in agriculture to better protect the producers in the face of increasingly visible climate changes. Joël Limouzin also wants the “systematic integration of representatives of the agricultural profession in the governance of the national committee for risk management in agriculture and the committee responsible for the orientation and development of crop insurance.


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