The Crop Protection Sector supports Members interests by lobbying and supplying information on technical, transport and storage issues as well as other initiatives that could affect the long term sustainability of farming and hence Members businesses.
The Crop Protection Sector represents distributors delivering 90% of plant protection products to farm gate and the largest group of BASIS qualified agronomists in the UK. The sector seeks to support members businesses through providing a range of services including lobbying, technical support and information and the development of best practice in the use of plant protection products.
The aim of the crop protection sector is to demonstrate the high standards members operate to and hence provide AIC members with the continued freedom to operate. Working not only across other AIC sectors, but nationally and internationally the sector assesses and communicates issues that could impact on the competitiveness of the industry and affect the long-term sustainability of UK farming and food production.
The aim of the crop protection sector is to look after the interests of AIC member companies within the agri supply industry. This is achieved by the sector through following a number of objectives including :
Establish an effective working relationship with appropriate personnel within Government organisations, NGO's and anti pesticide groups to promote AIC and the activity of AIC members.
Ensure members interests are represented in consultation responses and that new legislation has least adverse effect on members businesses.
Ensure members have the information to address public concerns around agrochemical usage and promote the benefits of integrated farming.
Promote best practice with regard to pesticide storage, distribution and usage.
Ensure members have up to the minute information on issues likely to affect their businesses.
Following the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed Section (SCoPAFF) Phytopharmaceutical section meeting on 16 / 17 July there was support for the non-renewal of benalaxyl and bromoxynil (and fenamiphos).
Following the announcement on the 21st September that the UK Coronavirus Alert Level had been increased from three to four, AIC in consultation with the audit and certification bodies has decided to pause on site audits across all schemes with immediate effect until further notice.
Minister Prentis announced on 18 September 2020 that outdoor uses of metaldehyde will be withdrawn. This follows a Defra review of the decision taken in December 2018 to withdraw outdoor uses of metaldehyde.
Hazel Doonan is Sector Head of Crop Protection. Hazel is based at AIC Head Office, Peterborough and is responsible for management and coordination of the Crop Protection Sector.
Previous to her role with AIC Hazel was employed in the crop protection industry for 18 years as a BASIS qualified agronomist. She was also responsible for managing a regional agrochemical department with a national distributor.
The AIC Crop Protection Sector consists of a number of committees. Each committee and working group has specific aims and objectives in line with the aims and objectives of the sector. The minutes of each committee and working group are published on the website so members can be fully involved in all of the technical discussions.
Here agronomists and advisers can gain a better understanding of the issues impacting water quality in catchments where they provide advice to farmers and growers. This will enable agronomists and advisers to give more specific information to their clients with the aim of reducing any impacts of plant protection product (PPP) use in the catchments.