Appointment of Rt. Hon. Robert Goodwill MP

VI Chair welcomes the appointment of the new Defra Minister

15 March 2019
VI Chair Paul Temple welcomes the appointment of Robert Goodwill MP as the new Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Dear Mr Goodwill,


I wish to offer my congratulations, on behalf of The Voluntary Initiative, to you on your appointment as Minister of State.  The agricultural sector faces many challenges, not least in the area of crop protection, and your experience and expertise are highly valued by the farming community, particularly as we exit the European Union.

The Voluntary Initiative has always enjoyed close support from across government as we strive to deliver best practice pesticides stewardship in order to help protect the environment, as well as meet the objectives of the UK’s National Action Plan on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides. We see our role becoming even more critical with the VI tasked to implement take up of IPM within an ELMs-based system to help deliver the 25 year Environment Plan.  We look forward to working with you in the future.


Yours sincerely,


Paul Temple

VI Chairman

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