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Metaldehyde use to be banned by March 2022

In a bid to protect wildlife and the environment, farming Minster Victoria Prentis has announced the outdoor use of metaldehyde will be banned from the end of March 2022.

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Metaldehyde use to be banned by March 2022

The pesticide, used to control slugs, was set to be phased out earlier this year, but the ban was overturned due to a legal challenge over a technicality in the procedure.

 

It will now be phased out by March 31, 2022 to give growers ‘appropriate’ time to switch to alternative slug control measures.

 

Farming Minister, Victoria Prentis, said: “The scientific evidence is clear - the risks metaldehyde poses to the environment and to wildlife are too great.


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“The Government is committed to building back greener from coronavirus and the restrictions on the use of metaldehyde are another step towards building a cleaner and greener country for the next generation.”

 

It will be legal to sell metaldehyde products until March 31, 2021 and to use the products until 31 March, 2022.

 

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