‘Get Pelletwise' is the campaign of the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) that was set up in 2009 in response to analysis showing traces of metaldehyde, an ingredient of certain slug pellets, being found in catchments used for water abstraction.
The OSR Herbicides? Think Water campaign by working with water companies, agronomists and farmers aims to raise awareness of the issue, improve practices and develop new tools that will support farmers in continuing their responsible use of these herbicides.
Currently, best agricultural practice, as advocated by the UK code of practice for pesticide use and farm assurance schemes, requires that notification takes place when certain crop protection products are used.
AIC welcomes the release of the Government’s white paper on food strategy for England and, given the multiple challenges facing our food system, is encouraged that several commitments have been made to drive resilience and support sustainable food production in the UK.
After industry consultation over the last year, the Agricultural Industries Confederation has concluded that there is no current end market demand for a UK Gatekeeper Protocol for domestic combinable crops for feed and food, but that assurance scheme providers should continue to develop their schemes according to market needs.
The following documents have been prepared for this area:
Gatekeeper Protocol press release; Position Statement – Introduction of the Gatekeeper protocol into the UK; FAQ – Assessment of Gatekeeper protocol into the UK; Presentation – Assessment of AIC Gatekeeper protocol into the UK
These mineral fertiliser delivery data are the latest to be published from the consolidated returns which are provided on a monthly basis to those members of the AIC Fertiliser Sector who participate in the internal statistics reporting service.