Ecophyto 2030: the president of the Aude Chamber of Agriculture is “for the reduction of phytosanitary products, but not without a solid alternative”

Ecophyto 2030: the president of the Aude Chamber of Agriculture is “for the reduction of phytosanitary products, but not without a solid alternative”
Ecophyto 2030: the president of the Aude Chamber of Agriculture is “for the reduction of phytosanitary products, but not without a solid alternative”

Monday May 6, the government announced the resumption of the Ecophyto 2030 plan which consists, among other things, of a 50% reduction in the use of phytosanitary products. Postponed multiple times due in particular to the agricultural crisis, the project saw new controversial elements added, such as the new usage measurement instrument (HRI1). Philippe Vergnes, president of the Aude Chamber of Agriculture, expressed his opinion on the subject.

The file has been talked about for two years. Monday May 6, the government announced the resumption of the Ecophyto 2030 plan, after a halt in discussions due to the agricultural crisis which affected the entire country at the start of the year. There was obviously talk of reducing the use of phytosanitary products by 50%. But that’s not all. New elements have provoked controversy among certain farmers.

The State has notably put forward a new replacement method, which would consist of setting objectives for reducing the risks and uses of plant protection products by giving stakeholders in the agricultural sector the means to make this transition. In this sense, an envelope of 250 million euros should be deployed in research. Faced with the return of this plan, the president of the Aude Chamber of Agriculture, Philippe Vergnes, spoke: “Fundamentally, I am not against the idea. I have discussed it with farmer friends and they all want to reduce the use of pesticides in order to preserve the health of citizens. However, gray areas remain. Simply apply to On a national scale, the reduction of 50% is not realistic. In Aude, our IFT (Treatment Frequency Index, Editor’s note) is approximately between 6 and 8. This is already low when we compare. to other French regions which can go up to 14, 15. It would be utopian to lower these figures to 3, without greatly altering production.”

Depending on the results, farmers will go back to demonstrate

Apart from the drop envisaged for 2030, a major change has taken place. Usually, the instrument for measuring pesticide uses was represented by the NODU (Number of Doses Units). It has been replaced by HRI1, the European harmonized risk indicator. This is an index obtained by multiplying the volumes of active substances sold by coefficients supposed to reflect the dangerousness of pesticides. Unlike its predecessor, the application doses are not taken into account, which concerns many. This is not the case for Philippe Vergnes: “I consider that it is a good thing to settle on the European level. The calculation of this new instrument already shows a reduction in the use of pesticides over the last decade. Rather than talking about misleading figures, I prefer to support the This means that improvements to this tool will have to be taken into account in the years to come.”

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On this subject, the government has already requested INRAE ​​(the national research institute for agriculture, food and the environment) to work on HRI1. A first assessment must be made at the end of 2024. “Depending on the results, the farmers will protest again. The French support us. This parameter weighs on the negotiating table. We agree to experiment with many things, for the reduction of phytosanitary products, but not without a solid alternative”concludes the president of the Aude Chamber of Agriculture.

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