Minister for Rural Affairs 9.5.02

Voluntary Initiative on Pesticides

Alison Halford:

What will be the impact on the rural economy and environment of the recent voluntary code agreement with farmers to tackle environmental and health concerns associated with pesticides? (WAQ17562)

Carwyn Jones:

The voluntary package to minimise the environmental impact of pesticides (now known as the voluntary initiative) is an agreement between Government and the agrochemical and farming industries. It is overseen by a steering group comprising the signatories to the package and an equal number of environmental bodies under an independent chair. The outcome of the initiative is expected to be more efficient and responsible use of pesticides, generating improvements to the wider environment and potential benefits to the rural economy and health.

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