TheCrop Protection Association (CPA) has welcomed the publication of the NationalPollinator Strategy and supports the comprehensive approach to improvingpollinator health set out by the Government.
Nickvon Westenholz, CEO of the CPA said;
Ourindustry takes a close interest in the issue of pollinator health, both becauseof the importance of pollinators in crop production, and because of the need toensure farmers are able to use important products such as pesticides safelyalongside healthy pollinator populations.
Wewelcome publication of the final National Pollinator Strategy (NPS), and inparticular the balanced attitude to the different factors that potentiallyaffect pollinator health. We also support the emphasis on an evidence-basedapproach, with the assurance of flexibility to take account of new evidence asit arises.
Itis pleasing to see that the strategy recognises that pesticides are subject toone of the most stringent approvals processes in the world and are but one of arange of factors, including habitat loss, disease and climate change, that havethe potential to put adverse pressure on pollinators. However, it isdisappointing to see that some NGOs have reacted to the publication of thestrategy by calling for further bans on key agricultural chemicals, without anyevidence of harm from their use.
Thecrop protection industry actively supports on-going research, stewardship andeducation programmes aimed at protecting the health of bees and otherpollinators. For example, through Operation Pollinator, Syngenta have workedwith UK farmers to establish an additional 400 hectares of wildflower fieldmargins. These margins will be viable for three to five years before replantingand provide an ideal habitat for a range of pollinators. We look forward tocontinuing our work with government and industry stakeholders to promote best practicein the use of pesticides to protect pollinators and other wildlife.