Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has written to the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs asking that he reconsiders legislation that bans the use of an important insecticide to Northern Isles farmers and crofters.
In February 2016, the government revoked authorisations for products containing Chlorpyrifos, an active ingredient in plant protection products such as ‘Dusban WG’ and ‘Equity’.
Alistair said: “There has been a concern from a number of farmers and crofters in Orkney and Shetland regarding the Government’s decision to ban Chlorpyrifos.
“Environmental safety is of utmost concern to me, but I do feel that the Government may have been hasty in banning all uses of this product. I support all measures to protect our water system from harmful substances. However, if there were certain cases where the limited use of this product by farmers and crofters would not do damage to the environment, I would encourage the Government to look again.
“I have therefore asked the Secretary of State to reconsider its use in cases where there are no viable alternatives, leading to serious knock-on effects to farmers’ businesses and livelihoods.
“I hope that, together with the NFUS, I can help ensure that farmers and crofters who are affected by this decision are not disadvantaged.”