Minor Use Fund

The Minor Use Fund offers Financial support for the authorisation of plant protection products and biological control agents. The authorisation costs of minor uses are relatively high in relation to the estimated returns generated by the limited sales of these products.

Due to the size of the harvests, speciality crops form a Fund's target group. Minor uses are a concern for both businesses and the government. The industry and government work together to ensure an effective package of measures is available for plant protection products.

The Foundation for Minor Uses Plant Protection Products (Stichting Kleine Toepassingen Gewasbeschermingsmiddelen) is an initiative of the Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture (LTO Nederland) and the Dutch Crop Protection Association (Nefyto). The Foundation manages funds to provide support for authorisation costs of plant protection products and biological control agents in the Netherlands. The Fund offers the opportunity to expand the number of authorised uses of protection products or biological control agents for amongst others speciality crops, in the coming years.

Applications for support

The Minor Use Fund is financed by the government (Ministry of Agriculture), the agricultural production industry and the Dutch Crop Protection Association. The Fund offers support for the costs of authorising plant protection products and biological control agents in the Netherlands. These costs comprise application and assessment fees or research expenses.
To qualify for support from the Fund, applications must be submitted to the Secretariat of the Adjudication Committee. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) handles the Secretariat of the fund.

All applications are reviewed by the Adjudication Committee, which comprises Nefyto and LTO Nederland. Normally there are two application rounds each year, the closing dates for which are 15 March and 15 October.

Application form

The application form and the rules can be downloadeded here:

Application form Minor Use Fund (version 4.0; in Dutch)

Regulation Minor Use Fund (version 3.2 in Dutch)

If you have any questions please email the Secretariat of Adjudication Committee.