Protecting crops from pests and disease supports agricultural productivity and enables a more efficient use of natural resources. The crop protection industry provides solutions for agriculture that in combination with best management practices support the sustainable use of water.
The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) is committed to protecting and conserving water, by introducing innovative crop protection solutions and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. ECPA is establishing effective alliances with stakeholders that aim at improving water quality and water use efficiency, and disseminate expertise to help secure sustainable and affordable food supply.
The European Crop Protection Association will deliver five projects, focusing on water issues, that will help ensure that the public needs for good water quality and quantity are met. The Association aims to set standards in the way that it acts, such that it will significantly increase the transparency and effectiveness of measures promoting sustainable crop protection.
A training and demonstration project aimed at vulnerable agricultural landscapes. It extends the long running and successful TOPPS project to include diagnosis tools for reduction of spray drift and run-off, and the Environmentally Optimised Sprayer (EOS) tool to help farmers when choosing new spray machinery. Keeping pesticides on the target crop is key to reducing potential contamination.
EUROPEAN WATER STEWARDSHIP STANDARD
This project encompasses the evaluation of sustainable water-management at manufacturing sites and gives us the chance to save water at local level while certification enhances transparency and credibility.
In providing commercially unavailable analytical standards for water analysis to accredited and certified labs, this project helps ensure proper identification and management of contamination, and enhances transparency for the authorities and the public.
VEGETATIVE BUFFER STRIPS PROMOTION
Vegetative buffer strips can reduce run off by 50-75%, depending on local variables. Promoting vegetative buffer strips supports the upcoming ECPA biodiversity initiatives, and publicly demonstrate crop protection industry commitment to clean water.
Tailor-made training for company Sales and Marketing staff will help tackle point source challenges. TOPPS based training will improve understanding of water topics when selling and promoting products, and generally help promote mitigation measures aimed at water protection.