Even though the company's Norwegian management got the draft report before publication, chairman of the board Øistein Larsen would not comment on the contents, until the newspaper Dagsavisen raised the issue on September 3.
Here, Larsen admits that "the limits have been pushed a bit" in connection with the use of pesticides.
It is a good thing that the chairman now assures us that the company has tightened up its routines. According to Larsen, spraying will from now on "mainly" take place in the evening, so that no-one will be in the greenhouses before the next morning. Furthermore, the rose farm is no longer to use pesticides that are banned in Europe.
But NORAD, which has given the rose farm a NOK 4 million (470,000 USD) grant, should do a follow-up to make sure that these will not be just empty words. Jambo Roses has also previously given assurances that the use of pesticides was acceptable, which turned out not to hold water when NorWatch investigated the situation.
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