Apple farmers in Norway are under pressure because of persistent, heavy rain over the past year.
Weather conditions have brought on an apparent lack of pesticides to deal with fungus problems.
“Unfortunately, our situation this year is now serious because all Norwegian stocks of the [German-made] Delan pesticide we use against scab ran out,” apple farmer Jan Olav Eilevstjønn tells NRK, fearing for his economy.
“Consumer won’t buy apples with scab on for quality reasons, meaning bad business for us if we can’t keep it away.”
Tone Gislerud, a consultant at the Agriculture Advice Service in Østafjells believes the pesticides should be available for all farmers, calling the problem “unnecessary”.
“We have many years of experience of what is important to treat, as well as a weather forecast. However, necessary adjustments that are time-crucial throughout the season mean we cannot wait for the product once decisions have been made,” she declares, saying the pressure on producers is huge.
“We need sun and warmth now,” says Jan Olav Eilevstjønn.