Implementation of the Plant Protection Products Action Plan is continuing as planned, according to the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG). Two years after the launch of the action plan, 16 of the 51 measures defined by the Federal Council were introduced.
Farmers' participation in new programs with reduced pesticide use is steadily increasing, according to a statement from BLW on Tuesday. For example, new direct payments for cultivation have been introduced using mechanical weed control as an alternative to herbicides.
Less insecticides and fungicides
According to the phytosanitary crops of fruits, vines and sugar beets, according to this information, new contributions are made to the reduced use of insecticides and fungicides. According to BLW, these contributions complement the existing Extenso crop contribution. Today, over half of the open arable land would be cultivated without insecticide and fungicide treatment.
In the medium term, further crop protection applications will be replaced by alternative methods. Therefore, the Agroscope Agricultural Research Center has focused on further developing sustainable crop protection.
Tank cleaning systems
According to the BLW, to reduce pesticide uptake into the aquatic environment, stricter runoff reduction rules were introduced at the time of licensing. Modern tank cleaning systems and the construction of appropriate washing stations would be improved to prevent syringes from being introduced into the wash.
In mid-August, the Federal Environment Office (Bafu) determined in the Swiss Groundwater Quality Report that about 15 percent of the measuring points had a nitrate load above the limit value. Rising pollution mainly comes from agriculture in Mittelland. In addition to nitrate contamination due to excessive fertilization, pesticides (pesticides and biocides) and their degradation products, the so-called metabolites, are also a problem.