'The ending of set-aside, which is likely to lead to an increase in the cropped area, and the impact of environmental schemes may change patterns of pesticide use and their impacts. The Forum welcomes developments such as the proposed EU Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides and the UK Pesticides Strategy. Integral to these is the work of the Voluntary Initiative and Amenity Forum. The combined efforts of all these will help reduce risk by providing a framework for controls on use and more fully embedding best practice measures across all sectors.
'During this period of change it is important that we continue to monitor the impacts of pesticide use carefully and assess future developments. As well as publishing these on the web, we have included a forward look within the Indicators Report and reorganised it to match the structure of the UK Pesticides Strategy, enabling us to monitor progress and report in an easily accessible fashion.”
The Pesticides Forum was set up by Ministers in 1996 to:
- bring together the views of those concerned with the use and effects of pesticides; identify their common interests;
- assist in the effective dissemination of best practice, advances in technology, and research and development results; and
- advise Government on the development, promotion and implementation of its policy relating to the responsible use of pesticides.
This is the 11th Annual Report published by the Forum, and its fourth report on indicators.
The Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) transferred from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Health and Safety Executive on 1 April 2008.