In part two of our interview with Jean Charles Bocquet, Director General of ECPA we go in detailed discussion about Food Safety and what the Crop Protection Industry is doing to improve the quality of modern pesticides and protect investors’ expenses from illegal product distribution and consumption.
Currently global pesticide industry sales have reached as much as about 49 Bln dollars, with the prospects to grow in 2016 up to a whooping number – 59 Bln. dollars. In spite of the successful growth the Crop Protection Industry faces a very complicated dilemma – mentioned in part one of our article – it has very high entry barriers. The level of the minimum expenses for a new product to enter the market is estimated as high as $256 Mln. And here another side of a coin is showing up – while the legal industry is innovating and inventing less and less harmful products for consumers; the illegal Crop Protection products are entering the markets at much lower prices. How can it happen? In fact, we as consumers are paying a very high price for their applications by the farmers as all those illegal products have potentially dangerous health side effects and not only… They are also literally dangerous for farmers ….. financially. Just in the fall of 2015 European Commission has brought together European Commission, Member States Military, Police, Port Authorities and ECPA to conduct a dialog and create effective consumer and investor protection system. As the result of this action 190 tons of illegal pesticides were arrested and traced back to the producer counterfeiter. At the same time World Consumer Organization has put illegal pesticides on top of its watch list along with illegal medications, food products etc.
Jean Charles Bocquet is Director General of ECPA – the Brussels-based trade association representing the manufacturers of agrochemicals in Europe – since November 2013. Jean Charles is French; an agronomist with a specialised degree in Crop Protection. He has spent all of his career in the plant protection sector, at first with Roussel Uclaf (Hoeschst subsidiary) and then at DuPont de Nemours in various assignments from technical development, through registration, marketing, sales and management roles. From 2002 to October 2013, as Director General of the French crop protection association (UIPP) he played a significant role in France in many working groups involving various stakeholders with a strong commitment for promotion and defence of the crop protection industry sector, promoting stewardship, sustainable agriculture and openness in communication.