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Germany, the land of engineering ingenuity and industry, has at the same time always remained a country with a strong agricultural sector. Despite a high population density, half of the land in Germany is farmed. Around one million people, working in approximately 285,000 agricultural enterprises, produce more than 50 billion Euros’ worth of goods a year.

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Demonstration Farms for Integrated Pest Management
Date:
09.01.18

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The National Action Plan on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (NAP) was adopted by the Federal Government on 10 April 2013 in line with paragraph 4 of the German Plant Protection Act. The NAP aims to further reduce the risks that may result from the use of plant protection products. The main focus is on limiting the use of chemical pesticides to the necessary minimum, thus avoiding unnecessary application. At the same time, use of non-chemical measures shall be promoted. Additional costs occuring through integrated plant protection measures, such as monitoring and non-chemical alternatives or preventive measures, can be partly compensated by cost savings for unnecessary pesticide applications.

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Zwei Wildschweine zwischen Baumstämmen

Ques­tions and An­swers on African Swine Fever (ASF)

African swine fever (ASF) is a severe viral infection which exclusively affects pigs (domestic and feral pigs) and is fatal to them. The disease does not pose a risk to human health. ASF has to-date never occurred in Germany. An incursion of ASF into Germany would have severe implications for the animals as well as for the economy. An incursion into the wild boar population would be critical, since possibilities to control the disease are limited.

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Eier im Karton

Ques­tions and An­swers on the Fipronil Con­tam­i­na­tion in Eggs

Egg production holdings in Belgium and the Netherlands were treated with a product for pest-control which was contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil. It is now known that contaminated eggs were delivered to all federal states.

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Minister Schmidt presents Green Paper

Min­is­ter Schmidt presents Green Pa­per

On 30 December 2016, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt presented the Green Paper on Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas. The contents: the guiding principles underpinning the future food and agricultural policies.

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Federal minister
Christian Schmidt

"The contamination with Fipronil has a European dimension. I see the need for closer cooperation at the European level."

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