The VI welcomes that Defra has just launched a consultation on it's revised UK National Action Plan (NAP) on the responsible use of pesticides. The closing date for responses is 26 February 2021.
This is is a five year plan that aims to minimise the risks and impacts of pesticides to human health and the environment, whilst ensuring pests, weeds and diseases and also pesticide resistance are managed effectively. The revised NAP features the use of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to achieve this, which aligns with the aspirations of the VI going forward.
Thie revised NAP replaces the previous NAP published in 2013 where both the VI and the Amenity Forum helped drive change in both the Agriculture and the Amenity sectors. In Agriculture, the VI has helped reduce risk from pesticides by ensuring spray operators are better trained through our NRoSO scheme, that sprayers and application equipment is regularly tested through the NSTS, through a number of stewardship schemes such as our OSR Herbicides: Think Water! campaign and through the introduction of IPM Plans for farmers and growers to complete.
The revised NAP was developed by the UK Government in conjunction with the three other devolved governments to produce a consolidated approach for the whole UK. The VI and Amenity Forum are the only UK organisations, in collaboration with Defra and devolved agencies, working to a UK-wide solution on the adoption of an IPM-based approach to pesticide use.