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NFU develops new plant health plan

The NFU has developed a new ’long-term and sustainable’ plant health strategy and roadmap.

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NFU senior regulatory affairs adviser Dr Chris Hartfield says its vision is to develop sustainable plant health solutions that enable UK farmers and growers to produce crops that meet the needs of consumers, the environment and profitable and productive farming businesses.

 

The NFU also wants to help meet the challenges set by the government within the 25-year Environment Plan, to improve biosecurity and to put integrated pest management (IPM) at the heart of a holistic approach with, as it puts it, ‘the minimum use of pesticides’, he says.

 

NFU deputy president Guy Smith adds: “This roadmap develops our current thinking and sets out a clear plan for where we need to focus future action.

 

“Farmers need effective tools to control the weeds, pests and diseases threatening their crops. We need to create cross-industry strategies to show our commitment to IPM, and deliver change and innovative solutions.

 

“Policy makers will then need to play their part to enable access to all the tools in the toolbox, to ensure a safe, secure, affordable supply of food for everyone.”

 

 


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The NFU plant health roadmap focuses on five key areas:

  • Availability of solutions

For a resilient and effective choice of control, solutions to be available for all key crop pests, weeds and diseases.

  • Integrated Pest Management

All pest, weed and disease control decisions to be made as part of an IPM approach.

  • Agronomic advice

To be provided as a fully IPM-based service.

  • Transparency

Improve understanding of the ‘why, what, when, how and where’ of pesticide use to be better able to meet government and public concerns.

  • Regulation

A regulatory and policy framework that supports development of sustainable plant health solutions.

 

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