Nous avons souhaité informer la communauté scientifique internationale de nos préoccupations et avons donc publié le texte en français accompagné d’un abstract en anglais dans ces trois structures.
A petition from professionnals and individuals (http://www.sauvonsnospalmiers.fr/) about the severe infestation of the red palm weevil (RPW) in the French Mediterranean region has been addressed to the French Minister of Agriculture.
It is intended :
To call his attention to :
the poor success of works undertaken by municipalities and individuals, if any ;
the lack of consistent approach lead by municipalities, individuals, professionals and the Ministry of Agriculture’s local representatives ;
the gap between the French regulations and the US, Spain, Italian’s ones regarding the protocols ( spraying vs injection – endotherapy - ) and the molecules ( imidacloprid vs emamectin benzoate – MMA - ) ;
the restricted endotherapy experimentation allowed in few municipalities with green Confidor ( imidacloprid ) instead of MMA, whose application is easier and more efficient, since MMA is already allowed in France against some other pests ;
to support the Var department administration’s application for MMA marketing authorization (recommended by the INRA’s experts) to the Ministry to be examined according to the emergency process ;
to ask the Minister to :
extend the endotherapy experimentation to the whole country ;
urgently call a meeting of the RPW national steering committee extended to individuals representatives.