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Meeting the challenges of crop protection

30 January 2018

FPC and the Crop Protection Association joined forces to host a one-day seminar for members on meeting the challenges of crop protection.

Around 65 delegates heard a series of presentations from expert speakers and were given the opportunity to raise questions on the topics covered.

  • Richard McIntosh of Defra reminded the audience to make use of the Plant Health Portal and UK pest risk register which has screened over 1,000 pests and diseases.
  • Chris Wallwork of Agrii revealed the new and not so new pests and diseases, including those moving across from other host crops or developing resistance to crop protection products.
  • Nick Marston of British Summer Fruits talked about sourcing trends and challenges of meeting high specifications to protect integrity of UK fresh produce
  • Jon West of Rothamsted Research talked about smart detection systems to give more precise information in real-time frame
  • Dr Roma Gwynn of Rationale talked about the phenomenal growth of the bio pesticide market.  There are more bio product in the pipeline for EU registration than conventional crop protection products.
  • Eoghan Daly of Crown Clark Whitehall LLP advised businesses to look inside for any vulnerabilities and to use corporate intelligence. Some 54% of all reported crimes in England and Wales are attributed to fraud and cyber crime.
  • Paul Brereton of Queen’s University, Belfast asked how the industry can maintain food integrity on a cost effective way.
  • Phil Gurney of Audax talked about the fast rate of regulatory change for Maximum Residues Levels.

 In the afternoon a panel debated Brexit and the future of plant health and plant protection product regulation. The panel leading the discussions comprised:

  • Dr Julian Little, Bayer Crop Science
  • Johnathan Sutton, Greenyard Fresh
  • Nick von Westenholz, National Farmers Union
  • Jayne Wilder, Chemicals Regulation Directorate.

Delegates joined the panel in discussing how the UK fresh produce and crop protection industries could prepare for Brexit.

Handouts of some of the presentations are available for FPC members in our publications which you will find under 'services'. 

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