The ban is being introduced gradually in Luxembourg. All herbicide and crop desiccants containing glyphosate will be withdrawn from market as of 1 February this year. Remaining stock will have to be disposed of by 30 June, with a grace period for use of all glyphosate substances extending until 31 December.
Some 592 of a total of 1,005 agricultural concerns have already voluntarily stopped using glyphosate and have been receiving state-sponsored compensation of €30 per hectare for arable land, €50 per hectare for wine-growing land and €100 per hectare for orchards. Indeed, the grand duchy’s wine growing sector universally ceased using glyphosate starting in 2019--again a first for an entire sector in the EU.
Luxembourg’s national action plan for the reduction of plant protection products targets a 50% reduction in use by 2030, as well as a 30% reduction in the use of what the agriculture ministry calls “big movers”--the most dangerous or widely used plant protection products, which includes glyphosates--by 2025.