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Banned weedkillers to mean pricier stawberries?

Published tisdag 19 april 2011 kl 18.29
About to get more expensive say some farmers. Photo: Scanpix.

Swedish strawberries could become more expensive following a decision by the Swedish Chemicals Agency to ban two types of weedkiller often used by strawberry and cabbage farmers here.

That means the farmers will have to resort to mechanical weed removal, which is costlier, and the extra costs could be passed on to customers, reports news agency TT.

However, a representative from the Swedish Berry organisation says he thinks many farmers will just have to absorb the extra costs, as more expensive Swedish berries would just increase imports of cheaper berries from Germany, Poland and Belgium instead.

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