404: The Voluntary Initiatve

Over the past five years, the Voluntary Initiative (VI) has introduced a programme of measures to minimise the environmental impact of pesticides. The initiative was supported by eight farming organisations led by the Crop Protection Association and was accepted by the Government in 2001, instead of a pesticide tax. This briefing summarises the Fifth Annual Report of the VI Steering Group

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The Voluntary Initiative, led by the farming and agrisupply industries, has run a very successful five year programme to reduce the environmental impact of pesticides through training and the promotion of best practice. Originally introduced as an alternative to a pesticide tax, the Government has recently agreed for it to continue for at least two years.

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