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Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL4219, tabled on 12 December 2022

To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the development of bio-pesticides in England.

Answered on

19 January 2023

The government recognises the importance of biopesticides in supporting sustainable pest management now and in the future. This is reflected in the growth of the market, with the number of biopesticide active substances approved for use in the UK increasing from 2 in 1997 to 44 in 2020.

Officials are engaging with biopesticides stakeholders in research and industry to better understand the barriers to biopesticide development and uptake in the UK. Feedback from these engagements will help inform future policy in this area.