Pesticide consultation launched by Defra

Defra has launched a consultation into a plan for how to sustainably implement the new EU pesticide regulations in the UK.

The UK national action plan for the sustainable use of pesticides follows the European Sustainable Use Directive 2009/128/EC, which came into force on 18 July.

The directive asks EU countries to come up with a plan for how to put the regulations into practice and Defra has been working to put the document together. The consultation will run until 22 October.

Crop Protection Association policy director Dr Anne Buckenham said: "We welcome the continuing focus on risk reduction and the acknowledgement of the vital role that industry-led approaches are continuing to play in promoting the responsible use of pesticides.

"Industry-led initiatives have been instrumental in ensuring that the UK is ahead of the game in implementing the requirements and will continue to encourage UK pesticide users to go beyond legal requirements, thus maintaining the UK's high standards of pesticide use."

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