New report warns of cost of PPP restrictions

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The value of British food production could fall by £1.6billion and 44,000 jobs in the agriculture supply chain could be axed if new EU pesticide bans come into force, according to a new report.

The report, commissioned by the NFU, the Agricultural Industries Federation and the Crop Protection Association, looked at the economic impact of plant protection products (PPP) on UK agriculture and the wider economy.

It found production of fresh carrots, frozen peas and apples is under threat as a result of loss or restricted use of active ingredients in PPPs, which farmers say safeguard healthy growth.

The report also found that the UK’s farming profit would drop by 36 per cent from current levels.