Higher target for updated Crop Protection Management Plans

The Voluntary Initiative has increased its target for land registered on Crop Protection Management Plans to 1.5 million hectares for 2007.

Last year (2005/06), about 80% (972,000ha) of the 1.2 million hectares target was formally registered with the National Farmers Union, despite many growers being hampered by the Rural Payments Agency mapping problems.

But, latest data from LEAF, the Entry Level Scheme and Scottish Quality Cereals suggests that farmers covering at least 2.4 million hectares have committed to complete a CPMP.

“With a Crop Protection Management Plan now worth two points per hectare in the Entry Level Scheme, the simplest way for farmers to get these points is to complete the VI CPMP,” said NFU head of policy services, Andrew Clark.

The updated CPMP includes references to the new statutory code of practice for using plant protection products and advice on the latest farm waste legislation. Copies can be downloaded from www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk or are available from farming unions and agronomists.

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