In recent months, several new pesticide requirements have begun to impact on advisers, farmers and the retail trade. These are driven by the introduction of the Sustainable Use Directive (SUD). Among other things, the SUD aims to:

  • Reduce the use of pesticides (where practicable);
  • Enhance the environment;
  • Limit the exposure of the operator to potentially harmful chemicals;
  • Promote the use of ‘‘integrated pest management’’.
  • These requirements, as they affect the different players, are summarised here.