26 June 2019 OECD, Paris
The OECD Pesticides Risk Reduction Seminar on Evolving Digital and Mechanical Technologies for Pesticides and Pest Management focused on evolving digital and mechanical technologies such as precision agriculture machinery, data collection, and data processing. These technologies will lead to more precise application of pesticides, alternatives to pesticides, a reduction in pesticide use and allow farmers and growers to better manage their farm inputs.
These evolving technologies will assist the agricultural sector to not only become more productive, but also to minimise the risks and the use of pesticides by applying them more precisely when and where needed. Some of these technologies will pose challenges to pesticide regulatory agencies and, in particular, their risk management policies due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of these technologies and whether they enhance risk reduction techniques or create additional problems.
Overview of the new technologies