The UK governments have announced the launch of a consultation on the draft UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (NAP).
The draft NAP is a five year plan aiming to minimise the risks and impacts of pesticides to human health and the environment, while ensuring pests and pesticide resistance are managed effectively. It has been developed by all four nations of the UK and represents a shared ambition for the sustainable use of pesticides.
We welcome the launch of this consultation on the NAP for sustainable use of pesticides. The focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) aligns with the NFU and NFU Cymru’s own plant health strategy, which puts Integrated Pest Management at the heart of all crop protection activity. Industry is committed to continue to demonstrate its responsible approach to chemical pesticide use. Welsh farmers and growers continue to work to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticide use and to develop this National Action Plan.
The previous NAP has been successful in reducing risk through greater training of spray operators and equipment testing. Increasing the role of biocontrols, beneficials and plant breeding will be essential in providing future plant health solutions, alongside developing broader IPM uptake and optimising pesticide use. Pesticides will however still be important for agriculture and their safe use will be key going forward.
The consultation closes on 26th February 2021 and we would welcome views to feed into our response by 15th February 2021. You are of course welcome also to send in your responses directly.