The Voluntary Initiative (VI)sIntegrated Pest Management Plan (IPMP) is set to cover more than two millionhectares in its first year.
The IPMP which replaced the CropProtection Management Plan (CPMP) was developed by the NFU for the VI to helpfarmers demonstrate to UK and EU regulators and farm assurance schemes thatthey were adopting an integrated approach to weed, pest and disease control.Another option for farmers is to use the LEAF Sustainable Farming Review.
VI Chairman Richard Butler said:In under a year, this is a tremendous performance, and shows yet again UKfarmers preference for the voluntary approach and their willingness to followbest practice. I urgeall farmers to have a go. The online plan is easy to use and will help farmers make the mostof IPM improving their overall pest control and benefit their own business aswell as the environment.
Thenew IPM Plan can be accessed at www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk/ipmp