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Defra Minister Praises Voluntary Initiative for its Partnerships

28 May 2013

UK - Defra Minister Lord de Mauley has praised The Voluntary Initiative (VI) for establishing partnerships to encourage more farmers to use pesticides responsibly.

Lord de Mauley made his comments while visiting VI Chair, Richard Butler’s farm in Wiltshire.

"The VI has been extremely successful at getting farmers, advisers and spray operators to ensure pesticides are used responsibly," Lord de Mauley said.

"The initiative has helped the UK stay ahead of the game compared with much of Europe and it’s good to see that farmers are so committed to producing crops without compromising the protection of health and the environment."

VI Chair Richard Butler said: “Farmers are being bombarded by a vast array of well- meaning advice and information from a variety of sources. But if this advice is to be followed, we need to make sure that it is clear, consistent and co-ordinated. That’s why it is so important to farm partnerships with the Campaign for the Farmed Environment and Catchment Sensitive Farming.”

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