May 27, 2019
The EU approves the NEW EUROPEAN FERTILIZERS REGULATION
We celebrate the adoption of the new Fertilisers Regulation by the European Council together with all the sector. Great news for the European agricultural sector, it will carry out an important advance to become a more competitive industry. All farmers across the EU will have access to the same growing toolbox of innovative products to help them continue to manage plant nutrition and soil fertility sustainably, despite ever more volatile growing conditions. The enforcement of this new regulation in Europe will avoid the market introduction of unreliable and inefficient products and plant biostimulants will have access to the Single European Market for the first time, promoting the growth of a highly innovative industry and fueling local, bio-based growth.
According to the new Fertilisers Regulation "plant biostimulant" means a product stimulating plant nutrition processes independently of the product´s nutrient content with the sole aim of improving one or more of the following characteristics of the plant or the plant rhizosphere:
(a) nutrient use efficiency;
(b) tolerance to abiotic stress;
(c) quality traits;
(d) availability of confined nutrients in soil or rhizosphere.
This new Regulation will guarantee:
- A feasible single European market route for biostimulant products
- Marketable products with reliable efficacy data
- An increase of credibility of biostimulant products among users thanks to their claims proven efficacy
- More products that help the development of crops as new tools for a sustainable agriculture
(Source EBIC, European Biostimulants Industry Council)