While the executive is working on a decree to establish a minimum regulatory distance between spraying areas and homes, the president of the FNSEA Christiane Lambert believes on Europe 1, Tuesday, that the government takes the path of Manichaeism in this file .


Within the government, all the violins are not granted on the minimal regulatory distance to be adopted between the pesticide application areas and the houses, after the suspension of the decree of the mayor of Langouët establishing a distance of 150 meters between cultures and population. According to information from Europe 1, this issue is currently the subject of heated debate between the teams of Didier Guillaume and Elisabeth Borne. At the Ministry of Ecological Transition, a distance of 100 meters is tentatively advanced around the dwellings. But at the Ministry of Agriculture, "it is rather between 3 and 5 meters maximum maximum," says Europe 1 an adviser who participates in the negotiations.

It is this position that is closest to the FNSEA and its president Christiane Lambert, invited from Europe 1 Tuesday morning. "You do not need 150 meters, it's one and a half times a football field, that length of fallow, obviously it's no," she refuses first. "A solution must be found."

The FNSEA does not want "a national text, descendant and homogeneous everywhere"

The president of the first agricultural union stresses the importance of charters for the proper use of these pesticides. "We can say that [the farmers, Ed] can go down and go close to the hedges, nets and equipment that we have installed but we must take into account local practices.When you have vineyards and that the winemakers use recycling panels, we can say that even at one meter, it does not create difficulties, we started on Manichaeism ", she denounces with" a national text, descendant and homogeneous everywhere ". "Departmental charters must prevail over an arbitrary distance."

"What I want is that the distance that will be proposed in the decree, for the moment set at 10 meters for high crops and 5 meters for low crops, can be reduced as long as in charters commitment, there are efforts that are made and accepted locally by the actors, "she explains. "Everything is not decreed since Paris," she warns.

"80 million euros" of shortfall with the drought

The FNSEA for a sharp reduction of the distance in the decree of the government: the greater it would be, the more the zone impossible to cultivate would be extended. "This area of ​​non-culture will represent up to 15% of surfaces for some farmers," said Christiane Lambert. "Who will pay for it?" The loss of income, who takes care of it? We must also ask this question, we reason economically.

This problem is in addition to the already glaring problem of drought in most of the French departments. According to the calculations of the FNSEA, the shortfalls represent "more than 80 million euros lost by French agriculture," notes the president of the agricultural union. "The morale is very low and the income will be catastrophic.The cauldron is boiling in many places and undeniably there will be reactions from farmers," warns Christiane Lambert on our antenna.