Sign up for best-practice spray notification service, Voluntary Initiative urges

The pesticide industry's Voluntary Initiative (VI) is urging farmers to sign up to its BeeConnected service to inform beekeepers of their intention to spray an insecticide.

Image: Didier Baertschiger (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Didier Baertschiger (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Currently best agricultural practice requires farmers to give notification when certain crop protection products are used. BeeConnected provides a simple web-based system for farmers to register and identify a field they are planning to spray with an insecticide by dropping a pin on a map.

VI chairman Richard Butler said: "BeeConnected operates on a very simple, yet efficient, two-way process whereby farmers identify their fields and, in just a few clicks, are able to inform local beekeepers when they intend to spray an insecticide in particular fields.

"Beekeepers plot the location of their hives, and will then receive a notification ahead of when a farmer within their locality is planning to undertake a spray event."

To develop the system the VI worked closely with the National Farmers Union (NFU), the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) and the Crop Protection Association (CPA), which funded the development of the site.

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