An assurance scheme for the seed treatment industry, the European Seed Treatment Assurance scheme (ESTA), is now available in the UK through the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC).
ESTA was devised by the European Seed Association (ESA) in response to the EU Directive (2010/21/EU) which requires insecticidal seed treatments to ‘only be performed in professional seed treatment facilities.’ The directive results from incidences of bee deaths in Germany, Austria and France, particularly associated with treated maize seed.
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