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In 2006 AEPLA say it will continue to analyse how it can collectively act on issues affecting the market. The organisation plans plan to focus on a number of key priorities. These include speeding up the procedure for gaining product authorisations and minimising the use of illegal, non-registered products in Spain. There is concern that recommendations for the safe use of pesticides in glasshouse are often held up for over three years, while the market for unregistered products is allowed continue regardless of the risks involved. The association intends to continue to negotiate on the matter of improved personal protection recommendations and label instructions with the public administrators and will collaborate to ensure that certified PPEs is made available to all farmers.  

For the second year running the Association’s membership has grown with the incorporation of a new company, Belchim Crop Protection España, based in Valencia. AEPLA now represents 25 crop protection companies throughout Spain. The new president elected for 2006 is Pau Relat, CEO of IQV, Industrias Químicas del Vallés.

CERTIS TO MARKET PLANT HEALTH PRODUCTS

Plant Impact (www.plantimpact.com), the UK based plant health technology company, has entered into an agreement with Certis Europe, a niche distributor of crop production solutions for the high-value crop sector. The agreement provides Certis with exclusive rights to distribute a full range of co-branded, patent protected, plant nutrient technologies in Spain and Portugal. The deal includes Plant Impact’s crop health range of Calcium Technology (CaT) and Nitrogen Technology (PiNT) products. The main areas covered by the agreement are the Iberian Peninsular and the Canary and Balearic Islands where there are some 75,000 growers.

Certis will provide Plant Impact’s products to growers of high value, protected crops, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and peppers. Kevin Price, market development manager at Certis Europe, commented: “We welcome the addition of Plant Impact’s products to the Certis portfolio. This agreement will allow our customers in Spain and Portugal to access high-value technology and solutions to build and protect their businesses.” UK based Plant Impact markets a novel and natural pesticide technology BugOil created from low concentrations of food grade materials already in the human food chain. The company has a number of other biological insecticides in development. Plant Impact’s current partners include CABI, and major agrochemical and food groups, some of which are trialing its products.

31 March 2006                           © Market Scope Europe Ltd                          www.crop-protection-monthly.co.uk

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