Anew potato industry stewardship initiative Be CIPC Compliant www.CIPCcompliant.co.uk hasformed to help growers, contractors and the supply chain take the urgent stepsneeded to keep the vital sprout suppressant CIPC available, and prevent furtherresidue exceedances in fresh and processed crops occurring.
Launchedat the Potato Councils Potato Storage Day in Lincoln, the new initiative fromthe Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group (PICSG*) is a call to action inadvance of the 2013/14 storage season.
Weknow that the loss of this vital storage tool would be devastating to thepotato supply chain, said PCLs Adrian Cunnington. There are currently noalternatives for many businesses that rely on CIPC to generate the year-rounddemand for British fresh and processed potatoes.
Heoutlined that to Be CIPC Compliant, there are a number of key actions. Forcrop owners there are four main areas. In summary, they are to firstly takepersonal responsibility for the crop and all activities relating to CIPCtreatment to ensure they conform with the Maximum Residue Level (MRL).
Secondly,Get in on early, within three weeks of harvest. This approach gives the bestchance of successfully controlling sprout growth with the least amount of CIPC.Thirdly, for cold stores with a holding temperature of 5C or below, only oneapplication should be used.
Finally,we are promoting the use of the wealth of information available to ensurecompliance with the Stewardship Code of Best Practice for the application ofCIPC. This information is now all available from the new website www.cipccompliant.co.uk.
Adrianadds that there is new and strengthening protocol for Red Tractor FarmAssurance (RTFA) that now incorporates new CIPC best practice measures,including a compulsory store check prior to use. Key supply chains are stronglyengaged and will ensure they only source potatoes from stores following theCIPC Code of Best Practice. There is further advice specific to applicators,who should now be NAAC accredited for applying CIPC. For 2013/2014 some supply chainshave indicated that they will only source from stores that have been treated byan accredited applicator.
Speakingat the Potato Storage Day, Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group Chairman, DrMike Storey updated delegates on the regulatory situation. He said thatfollowing the submission of a report to the regulatory authority ACP (AdvisoryCommittee on Pesticides) from the CIPC stewardship group in January, andsubsequent official review of CIPC stewardship, a response is now expected thisautumn.
Wehave made the case for the potato industrys continuing need for CIPC, anddemonstrated the progress of work that has been rolled out over the last fiveyears. This includes the change of statutory rates; the delivery of new R&Dand practical advice; and robust industry monitoring for residues, said DrStorey.
Wealso showed the industry commitment to stewardship and high awareness of theserious implications of exceedances. This is backed up by research showing thatthe majority of those responsible for the management of stored crops reportthat their practices have changed, indicating that best practice measures arebeing adopted.
Furtherchanges will however still be required for the storage season ahead. PotatoCouncils Adrian Cunnington highlighted some significant changes for theforthcoming season. There is new information that will appear on CIPC labelsas a result of the changing position on stewardship of this sproutsuppressant, he said.
Thesenew recommendations will affect the way in which CIPC is used, especially inlow temperature potato stores and/or overhead throw box stores. Theserecommendations are detailed on the stewardship website.
WithMaximum Residue Level (MRL) exceedances having been found again recently, themessage that there is still work to do, was reiterated at the Potato StorageDay. Unless the actions required of the Be CIPC Compliant initiative areeven more widely adopted, and the industry can demonstrate that exceedances ofCIPC on potatoes will not occur, then it is likely further regulatory actionwill be taken. However, the industry has come together to tackle this issue andis committed to changing businesses practices, said Dr Storey.