Integrated pest management
Since the 1st of January 2014, all people using plant protection products must adhere to the principles of IPM
Integrated Pest Management is defined as an intelligent crop management system based on the coordinated use of multiple control agents and other control factors to maintain pest and pathogen populations in a way that minimises economic, environmental and health risks. These systems look to combine physical, cultural, biological and chemical tools as an approach to minimise the overall levels of plant protection products used and maintain this usage at justifiable levels.
Since the 1st of January 2014, all people using plant protection products must adhere to the principles of IPM. It is expected that IPM systems are a continually improving processes in which new crop protection strategies are integrated and locally adapted as they emerge and contribute to reducing reliance on pesticides in Agricultural and Horticultural systems.