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Crops From March 2010 newsletter

Pesticide use in protected crops

We have recently been awarded a new project funded by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to collect and evaluate current information on pesticide use in protected crop systems (fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamentals) in the UK, Netherlands, Hungary and Poland.The survey, in the form of a short questionnaire, will cover pesticide application methods, crop types, growing methods and irrigation techniques. Grower involvement in this project survey work will be crucial, as the data gathered will represent an accurate update of current practices in each of the four countries. EFSA intends to use the information to compile a comprehensive guidance document on current practices in a number of European countries.

The project work will be managed by Campden BRI in collaboration with the NFU Horticulture Board.

Contact: Nick Saunders
+44(0)1386 842162