Defra outlines future of pesticides with draft plan
The action plan for 'sustainable use of pesticides' is designed to make the UK adhere to EU rules on the subject and has been met with approval by farming unions including the NFU.
Defra’s UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (NAP) draft opened for consultation this week, and through its evidence-based approach recognises the high standards of professional pesticide stewardship achieved by the farmers and growers.
The plan focuses on the continuing use of voluntary approaches to meet pesticide targets.
Initiatives such as those promoted through the Voluntary Initiative are highlighted as ways to improve best practice without the need to regulate.
“The NAP consultation document appears to take a scientific risk reduction approach to pesticide usage, and bases its recommendations accordingly. We feel that this is a positive move, as a holistic, science-led approach to the management of pesticides is the right course of action" said NFU Deputy President Meurig Raymond.
“In addition, the recognition of the high standards of pesticide stewardship by the farming sector is welcome and justified, as the agricultural industry already operates to world leading levels of stewardship.
“We will be submitting a response to the consultation that outlines where we feel that the NAP draft can be improved, but overall we feel that the current draft is sensible and well thought out.”
No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment
Please enter your name
Please enter your comment
Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.
Some error on your process.Please try one more time.
Membership of the EU is damaging the British farming industry, according to...
BASIS has launched an accreditation for pilots of Unmanned Aerial Systems (...
UK wheat yields have theoretical potential to more than double over the nex...
Britain’s farmers flocked to Peterborough for the first day of LAMMA’15 to ...
The crisis in the dairy industry is not the fault of supermarkets, accordin...
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visited three rural businesses in Cheshi...
Spearheading the John Deere range of mid-size tractors from Mannheim, the n...
Regular testing for bovine TB could significantly reduce the number of infe...
Single-issue policy-making threatens to hamper, not help, the progress of U...