According to the Minister of agriculture of France Didier Guillaume, despite the implementation of the Ecophyto project on the voluntary rejection of glyphosate and numerous national plans to reduce the volume of phytosanitary products, attempts to abandon the use of pesticides show mixed results.
"We are approaching the third stage of the Ecophyto project, but the use of pesticides in France is still not reduced, and we need to make more progress on this issue," the Minister said.
Despite the fact that the first phase of Ecophyto was launched 10 years ago, from 2014 to 2016 the use of phytosanitary products in France increased by 12%.
Last year, the use of pesticides in France continued to grow, increasing by three hundredths of a percent. This trend is contrary to plans to reduce the number of agrochemical products in agriculture by a quarter by 2020 compared to 2008 and by half by 2025.
Recall, macron promised to 2020 to completely eliminate glyphosate from agricultural use.
"Now we all have the only goal-to reduce the use of phytopharmaceuticals in the cultivation of crops. The French government is going to allocate 5 billion euros from the budget for this, " Didier Guillaume said.
Despite the fact that French farmers are not yet ready to give up pesticides as opposed to this task, a number of facts prove that there are specific solutions to reduce the number of agrochemical products in agricultural production.
For example, the Dephy product network, which supports 30,000 organic and conventional farms in reducing the use of pesticides, noted a moderate decrease in the use of pesticides at all stages of agricultural production, by an average of 10-15%.