France government takes step to help sugar industry

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Paris: The French government has approved the use of a pesticide for sugar beet growers that were banned to protect honeybees. The farmers have welcomed the decision as the pesticide helps them to protect crops from diseases. However, the environmental groups have condemned the government decision.

According to the media report, the bill contradicts the promise made by President Emmanuel Macron who had promised to continue a ban on pesticide as it leads to environmental damage. However, the lack of pesticide has weakened the sugar industry.

Speaking at the National Assembly, Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie said that it was designed to make France self-sufficient in sugar and it is not anti-environmental.

The farmers have witnessed 15 per cent dip in output and have turned away from sugar beet cultivation. The government expects that allowing pesticide would help the farmers to increase beet production.

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