The Sustainable Use of Pesticides Training (SUPTraining) project aims at developing and demonstrating an innovative e-learning platform to train professional users, advisors and distributors of plant protection products (PPPs) for their sustainable use, addressing the topics specified in the framework of the 2009/128/EC Directive.
According to the European Commission (Regulation n°1107/2009, art. 6) the use of PPPs is "one of the most important ways of protecting plants and plant products against harmful organisms, including weeds, and of improving agricultural production".
The EC Communication on a Thematic Strategy for the Sustainable use of Pesticides (COM(2006) 372 final) mentions that “It is important to encourage a rational and precise pesticide use. Furthermore, it will be important to improve the behaviour of pesticide users (in particular professional users) who are responsible for a number of misuses including overuses, by ensuring better training and education”.
To respond to this European requirement and to facilitate the training access, it is essential to work on tools which are both easily accessible for everyone affected and adapted to their needs for training and their local contexts. The SUPTraining project aims to fulfil this objective by designing and validating an e-learning platform for training to the use of PPPs adapted to French and Italian contexts. This interactive tool will be available in English, French and Italian and will take into account the training needs and standards or special features in those countries. Professional users, and more specifically farmers, are requested to be certified for the use of certain PPPs. Hence the time constraints, economic aspects and knowledge limitations in certain areas hamper their efforts to gather the necessary information. The SUPTraining tool will address all these issues increasing their chances of certification and finally providing them with the necessary knowledge to manage the risks associated with pesticide use.
France Update on Sustainable Pesticide Use
A new tax on PPP (0.2% of sales turnover) finances as new scheme for monitoring the impact of PPP on the environment, health, food. ANSES coordinate.
New restrictions concerning pesticide use near areas with populations at risk (children, elderly, hospitals etc) will lead to risk management measures implemented to reduce drift. At the same time, the authorities revise and clarify some risk management measures for biodiversity ( permanent water buffer zones, non-target arthropods protection zones).
The “CEPP pesticide reduction certificates” are going to be experimented for a period of 5 years, starting in July 2016 to 31 December 2022 (specific law was published the 7th of October 2015). The National decree determines the precise conditions, indicators, actions providing credits, sanctions, etc and a public consultation has just been launched until 18 mai. Proposals include promotion of best application technologies, biocontrol alternatives, decision support tools etc
The new law is still awaited through senate Mardi 10 mai 2016, le Sénat entame l'examen en deuxième lecture du projet de loi, adopté avec modifications par l'Assemblée nationale en deuxième lecture, pour la reconquête de la biodiversité, de la nature et des paysages.
Packaging and used PPE collection by Adivalor
More than 80% of empty PPP packs are now collected and also a good development for collection of other waste items (big bags from fertilizers, plastics films, seed bags etc…).
A used PPE collection will start soon; farmers will have the possibility to have this material collected by the distributors.
Farmers, applicators, workers
The French labor law highlights the agricultural employer’s responsibility with important penalties where the workers protection is not provided.
France intends to push faster all the discussion around the revision of the ISO norm 27065 on pesticide PPEs and aims to legislate on transversal PPE recommendations.
The partners meet in Turin on March 5th & 6th, 2015. The e-learning platform content has been discussed and a first version in English will soon be available for review by 2 professional training centre.
Call for tender: The SUPTraining project is looking for national external experts which will make sure that the contents are relevant with legislation and standards features of each countries. Please contact us via the contact formula if you are interested.
Professional users, distributors, advisors, students, just curious?
Feel free to register to the e-learning platform for a sustainable use of pesticides. This course will also help you getting prepared for your national certificate test.