19th October 2001




Speakers from prominent farming, environmental, scientific and regulatory bodies will descend on the University of Lincoln in December for a seminar on pesticide stewardship.


The seminar to discuss a new pesticide stewardship strategy will take place at the Riseholme campus of the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture on Wednesday December 12th 2001.


The pesticide stewardship proposal is a 27-point strategy jointly created by the Crop Protection Agency, the National Farmersí Union and other rural organisations.It has been produced in an effort to prevent the implementation of a pesticide tax by which could cost the industry approximately £135m per year - 80 per cent of which will be paid by growers.


Many industry experts hold the view that the introduction of a voluntary system of self-regulation would cost farmers only a small percentage of this figure.


The seminar will be aimed at agronomists, BASIS qualified farmers and others within the rural community. Those attending will be informed of the latest developments in the Crop Protection Associationís strategy for Pesticide Stewardship, and CPD points will be awarded to those participants who are BASIS registered.


The seminar will be chaired by Professor Peter Bunyan, chair of the British Crop Protection Council and visiting professor at the School of Agriculture. Speakers will include Patrick Goldsworthy of the Crop Protection Agency, Dr Christopher Wise of the NFU and Dr David Garthwaite of the Central Science Laboratory.


Representatives from the National Proficiency Tests Council, Water UK, Aventis

and the University of Hertfordshire will also address the audience.


For further information on the seminar please contact Ms Annette Ding on

01400 275639 or email ading@dmu.ac.uk


BASIS operates registration and certification schemes as an independent organisation for

the pesticide industry under the Control of Pesticide Regulations 1986 (COPR).


For more information on this press release contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042) or

Gill Noakes, Lincolnshire School of Agriculture (tel: 01400 275598)