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|||IPM programmes endorsed by governments, national organisations and other stakeholders facilitate various approaches and projects to foster IPM. Programmes aiming at training about IPM tools and knowledge exchange between research, extension and growers in particular support the uptake of IPM on farm level. This section provides information on programmes in OECD countries.|
The pilot centres (29/04/2004 – Decree of the Walloon government related to the Agreement of Pilot Centres for development and vulgarisation in agriculture) support the adoption and implementation of IPM by the farmers. A working group represented by representatives of the stakeholders (officials, farmers, experimental and demonstration farm and centres, research, industry, water producers, environmental Belgian NGO’s) follows and validates the development of the IPM guidelines.
In 2013, five demonstration projects (ALDO demo) started in different agricultural sectors (arable crops, chicory, ornamentals, vegetables and soft fruit). In the following 2 years the possibilities of IPM will be demonstrated in practice in collaboration with the farmer. The projects are carried out by different demonstration and research centers. A working group represented by representatives of the stakeholders (officials, farmers, experimental and demonstration farm and centres, research, industry, water producers, environmental Belgian NGO’s… ) advises and validates the development of the IPM guidelines.
Canada is a vast country politically divided into ten provinces and three territories with a central federal government. In Canada, agriculture is a shared responsibility, with well-defined roles and scope between the federal and provincial jurisdictions. In the context of IPM, Canada has relevant programs delivered nationally and provincially.
The federal agriculture department supports programs for research, development and technology transfer of IPM tools and technologies in support of the goals of reducing risks associated with the use of pesticides, enabling an innovative and sustainable agriculture sector.
Approach: Research programs target pest identification and biology, forecasting, cultural, biological and mechanical pest control, and integrated approaches. Two pest management development and technology transfer programs, the Pesticide Risk Reduction Program (PRRP), and the Minor Use Pesticides Program (MUPP) are aimed to improve growers’ access to new and reduced risk approaches to pest management.
Results: New tools and technologies for IPM are discovered and developed, strategies to reduce risks from the use of pesticides are implemented, minor uses of pesticides are registered, and growers have access to better, more sustainable management solutions.
Some large national commodity organizations provide information about IPM to their growers with the goal of encouraging best pest management practices, and improving the sustainability, and marketability of the commodity.
Information is made available through websites and other media, for the most part. Link to specific examples are provided below.
Agriculture and Agrifood Canada Research Centres
Provincial IPM programming
Canadian provinces have a predominant role in agricultural outreach and extension activities, including IPM training and services, pertinent to regional and local conditions and needs. Provincial responsibilities also include legislation of storage, transport, sale and use of pesticide products, pesticide certification and licensing of commercial applicator, and education on safe use of pesticides.
The delivery of extension services and IPM programming at operational and technical level is handled in a number of ways in different provinces, and in some cases involves designated extension personnel and IPM specialists within provincial Ministries of Agriculture.
Below is a list of links to Provincial Departments of Agriculture. Where possible, links to specific IPM programs are provided.
- Alberta: Agriculture and Rural development
- Saskatchewan: Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
- Manitoba: Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives
- New Brunswick: http://www.gnb.ca/0027/Index-e.asp
- Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Agriculture
- Prince Edward Island: Department of Agriculture and Forestry
- Newfoundland and Labrador: Department of Natural Resources
The Federal Government has implemented a programme to promote innovation in crop production. The development and implementation of novel technologies (forecasting and decision support systems and use of GIS, biological control and other non-chemical alternatives, precision farming, sensor technologies for sprayers) and innovation for IPM (e.g. breeding for host plant resistance) play an important role.
Moreover, in 2011 the programme "Demonstration Farms Integrated Plant Protection" was funded by the German Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection (BMELV) to foster IPM implementation across various agricultural sectors.