Current News 03-03-22

  • Written by Andrew Davis
  • Posted on Mar 03, 2022
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Pesticide Exports

There has been widespread withdrawal or bans on many pesticides in this country and the European Union over recent years and yet the manufacturers are still exporting them for use in countries around the world.  Campaigners says that, in 2020, exports of pesticides included 12,240 tonnes of seven chemicals banned in the UK, including the herbicide paraquat, a neonicotinoid insecticide and two common fungicides.

Impact of War in Ukraine

The economic impact of the war in Ukraine will be felt around the world.  The most obvious is the huge rise in energy prices but there will be a major effect on food as well, particularly the price of wheat.  Exports from Russia and Ukraine account for 30% of wheat traded internationally and it remains to be seen how the war will disrupt production or economic sanctions on Russia disrupt the export trade.  The price of wheat is rising rapidly.

Rights of Way Definitive Map

In the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, provision was made to close the Definitive Map in 2026.  This means that claims for the designation of new rights of way on historic grounds had to be determined by that date and no further claims would be considered.  That gave 25 years for outstanding claims to be lodged and gave certainty to landowners and recreational users.  Now the Government has scrapped the deadline without any consultation to the dismay of the CLA and NFU.

NFU AGM

Minette Batters has been re-elected as President of the NFU for the next two years at the recent AGM.  It is her third term.  Tom Bradshaw was elected Deputy President to replace Stuart Roberts who has retired whilst his previous post of Vice President was taken by David Exwood.