This measure will be introduced from 2023, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries reports. The ban on cultivation in our southern neighbours concerns root, bulb and tuber crops and will be included as preconditions in the new cap. On the basis of a cultivation regulation, a cultivation ban has long been in place in the presence of tuber Cyperus.
The Belgian authorities see a ban on cultivation as an efficient means of preventing the further spread of the problem weed. In Flanders in particular, the problems with plots infected with tuber Cyperus have increased sharply. A plot is declared infected if a hearth with tuberous Cyperus exceeds 10 square meters.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries advises crop growers to properly check their plots for the presence of tuber Cyperus this year. It is now possibly still possible to carry out a good control or to adapt their cultivation plan to an infection.