Minor crops and applications

Minor crops

The minor crops have a number of specific characteristics:

  • they are highly diverse (from herbs to horticulture)
  • they have a high added value
  • they are cultivated in a limited area
  • there are relatively few plant protection products authorised in these crops

Examples of minor crops include ornamental plants, chives and raspberries.

You can find the complete list of minor crops here.

Minor applications

In addition to minor crops there are also 'minor uses' which relate to an application of a plant protection product in a major crop to control a pest or disease which only occurs sporadically. Whether an application is considered as a minor use is assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Authorisation Board.

Minor uses already accepted by the Authorisation Board:

  • Control of fireblight (Erwinia amylovora) in apple and pear