2 September 2016
With the coming of Spring it is vital that farmers, environmental land managers and other agricultural chemical users adopt up-to-date best practice advice on managing crop protection product resistance. CropLife Australia’s 2016 Resistance Management Strategies for fungicides, herbicides and insecticides are now available online to help farmers sustainably control the pests, weeds and insects that are a constant threat to our nation’s food, feed and fibre production.
“Access to the most up-to-date and accurate advice on how to use crop protection products responsibly and sustainably is crucial for farmers,” said Matthew Cossey, Chief Executive Officer of CropLife Australia. “Available online using CropLife’s search tool, farmers can quickly search and locate the relevant world’s best-practice strategies to provide crucial and timely advice on managing pests, weeds and disease in crops sustainably.”
“Pest resistance to crop protection products in agriculture is comparable to disease resistance to antibiotics in medicine. Ensuring availability of best-practice resistance management advice is just another example of CropLife Australia and its member’s genuine commitment to world-leading industry stewardship initiatives to ensure the ongoing sustainability of crucial crop protection products and Australia’s agriculture industry,” said Mr Cossey.
“Each year CropLife makes available Resistance Management Strategies developed by scientific technical review committees made up of CropLife’s members with expert knowledge on the use of fungicides, herbicides and insecticides. These strategies will help ensure important agricultural chemicals that help farmers produce the food, feed and fibre needed for the world’s growing population, are managed in a sustainable and safe way.
“The plant science industry invests considerable resources and hundreds of millions of dollars into research and development of products to ensure economically viable and environmentally sustainable crop protection solutions that are most effective when used for registered purposes and in accordance to approved labels.
“This commitment extends to the responsible and ethical management of industry products throughout their lifecycle. This includes ensuring that agricultural chemical users have all the information they need on how to prevent pesticide resistance and use products in a way that protects themselves, their farms and the local community,” said Mr Cossey.
“CropLife Australia members also contribute millions of dollars annually in industry stewardship activities including Agsafe’s drumMUSTER, ChemClear® and Accreditation and Training programs. Agsafe is CropLife Australia’s wholly owned subsidiary and its programs were established and initially funded by CropLife member companies to ensure the highest standards of safety and environmental stewardship of the industries products.
“Pests, weeds and insects are a constant threat to our nation’s food, feed and fibre production. Australian farmers continue to embrace world-class farming practices to manage resistance and get the best value for money. CropLife’s easy-to-access strategies equip farmers with methods to ensure they maintain the effectiveness and extend the life of crucial farming tools. Following CropLife’s Resistance Management Strategies can help farmers prevent loss of future crops, income, and damage to their land,” Mr Cossey concluded.