NFU urges farmers and growers to complete Crop Protection Management Plans
NewsTuesday 08 January 2013
The NFU has urged farmers and growers to remember to complete their Crop Protection Management Plan, which is one of the key elements of their Voluntary Initiative.
Speaking on the National Farmers’ Union’s official website, the plant health advisor Don Pendergrast said that the Crop Protection Management Plans are still a very useful and effective tool to monitor your pesticide usage. He said: “The plans have been heavily condensed into a short form that focus on key aspects of good stewardship and different plans are available for occasional users, and for those in assurance schemes.”
“It is important that farmers continue to show their support. With Defra about to publish the National Action Plan on Pesticides, we expect a great deal of emphasis on the voluntary measures being undertaken by farmers as a means of achieving good pesticide stewardship without the need for further regulation.” He continued.
“We need to show that existing measurers are working across all farming sectors, with a growing emphasis on the livestock sector, who are occasional users of pesticides.”
There are two versions, of the plan, which you can download on the NFU’s website here.