ADAS is urging the fruit industry to take part in a new stewardship campaign, Chlorpyrifos: Say No to Drift, that has been set up to support the long-term availability of the widely-used insecticide.
The campaign is being launched at this year's National Fruit Show and is encouraging growers to use low-drift nozzles when spraying to better protect the ecosystems in surface waters adjacent to orchards.
Campaign coordinator Lindsay Fogg said: "The adoption of low-drift nozzles for applications of chlorpyrifos in orchards is the foundation of the initiative, which will grow to include the soft fruit sector by the end of the year."
Fogg continued: "The campaign is being spearheaded by the UK registrants of chlorpyrifos products - Dow AgroSciences, Makhteshim Agan and Headland Agrochemicals. But we need every grower, spray operator and adviser to get behind this initiative.
"It's an opportunity for the industry to come together in the face of regulatory pressure and to minimise spray drift by always using these nozzles when applying chlorpyrifos, while also adhering to the current 18m label buffer zone."
To support the stewardship initiative, an extensive drift deposition study has been conducted in the UK this summer at a Kent apple orchard. The results showed that the use of low-drift nozzles leads to substantial drift reduction under a range of conditions.
The campaign has already been endorsed by leading figures in the top fruit sector. English Apples & Pears chief Adrian Barlow said: "We support all appropriate measures to ensure the more effective and controlled use of plant protection products, including chlorpyrifos.
"We will continue to ensure that our members understand the changes and can respond accordingly."
Chlorpyrifos campaign - Show sessions
There will be an opportunity to learn more about the issues by attending one of the Chlorpyrifos: Say No to Drift "Speakers Corner" sessions at the National Fruit Show, which takes place on 19-20 October.
For further details and to register for a chance of receiving a set of free low-drift nozzles, visit stand P36 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on this year's National Fruit Show, see page 33.