Plant health is a key issue for all farmers and growers.
British growers should have access to all the tools in the crop protection toolbox to ensure we continue to produce healthy, wholesome food for a growing population. Crop rotation and integrated crop management are key techniques to help maintain soil quality and ensure healthy crops. Plant protection products are an important tool as well. They are used when there is no suitable alternative method to ensure crops survive and thrive. A significant amount of the work done by the NFU in this area revolves around plant protection products – their use, regulation, authorisation and problems associated with lack of availability.
Guy Smith has been re-elected as vice-chair of the Copa working group on phytosanitary questions after two years in the role. He will continue to champion science-based policymaking and campaign for farmers' access to plant protection products.