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The Costs of Pesticide Notification associated with possible changes in Pesticide use. - PS2611

Description
Following the publication of the RCEP report on Crop Spraying and the Health of Residents and Bystanders, PSD has identified several areas of action, and require a review of options and costings on several aspects. There are two main themes, firstly issues concerned with buffer zones, notification of adjacent residents and records disclosure, and secondly issues concerned with certification of spray operators and purchasers and the legal status of current measures.

The aim of this study is to review the options under each of the aspects; review the current minimum standards, further requirements under crop assurance schemes and the additional requirements to meet the requirements of the options identified; for each option, review the practicalites and quantify the costs and benefits to the industry, Government and/or private bodies, and the distribution of these costs across the industry; and identify (but not quantify) the potential benefits to the farming industry, public and the environment.

The areas for cost analysis are as follows:
A Buffer zones, notification and records disclosure
1.Prior registration of adjacent residents for individual pesticide application notification
2.Introduction of 5m buffer zones
3.Notification of adjacent residents of individual pesticide applications
4.Public rights of way and other access point notification
5.Disclosure of information

B.Certification issues and legal status
1.Introduction of a statutory Green Code
2.Review of grandfather rights
3.Restrictions of agrochemical purchases to those with certification
4.Requirement for continued training or maintenance of CPD points
5.Compulsory sprayer testing
6.Suspension of certification for non-compliance
Objective
Following the publication of the RCEP report on Crop Spraying and the Health of Residents and Bystanders in September 2005, PSD has identified several areas for action, and require a review of option with industry and farm costs. The key areas centre around two main themes
A. Buffer zone/notification/record disclosure
B. Certification and legal status.

The objectives of this project are to:
1.Help identify the most practical options for each issue
2.Give an overview of current minimum standards for ensuring public safety during pesticide use, the further requirements under crop assurance schemes and the additional measures required under the options identified.
3.Carry out costings for each option to give a picture of the cost to the industry, and level of Government or private funding required. In addition farm level costs will be examined to give an indication of the distribution of costs across the industry.
4.Identify, but not necessarily quantify, the benefits likely to accrue to the public and the environment.

Project Documents
• Final Report : The Costs of Pesticide Notification associated with possible changes in Pesticide use.   (642k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2006

Cost: £15,060
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ADAS UK Ltd.
Keywords
Agriculture and Food Chain              
Certification              
Economic Policy Evaluation              
Economic Research              
Environmental Impact              
Environmental Protection              
Health              
Other Policy              
Pesticide use              
Policy Development              
Regulation              
Rural Issues              
Fields of Study
Pesticide Safety