A response to the expectations of the Regional authorities concerned integrated control
Within the context of a European regulation (2009/128/EC) the regional authorities impose compliance with a series of measures for the sustainable use of plant protection products. In so doing the aim is to reduce the risks and effects of plant protection products on public health and the environment by stimulating the use of integrated control (IPM) against infestations and alternative techniques such as non-chemical means instead of pesticides.
Integrated Pest Management involves respecting 8 major principles:
- The prevention and/or eradication of harmful organisms must be conducted successfully (rotation of crops, suitable techniques, etc.).
- The harmful organisms must be monitored.
- The thresholds of for action specified for the region, for specific areas, for crops and for special climatic conditions must be taken into account before the treatments are introduced.
- Biological, physical and other sustainable non-chemical methods must be prioritised over chemical methods.
- Phyto products are as specific to the target as possible.
- To maintain use of phyto products at the necessary levels (reduced doses, reduced frequency).
- Anti-resistance strategies must be applied.
- To verify the rate of success of the phyto-pharmaceutical measures.
A number of these measures were already included in the VEGAPLAN Standard. The absent measures were included in the Vegaplan Standard to meet the expectations of the regional authorities, and to avoid additional controls by these authorities at the farms.