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France trains professional agchem users

Under an experimental programme being run since the autumn of 2009, the French agrochemical industry association, the UIPP, has been training and certifying farmers, distributor employees and professional users of pesticides. The certification scheme, the Certiphyto, has been launched by the government as part of Ecophyto 2018, its plan to reduce pesticide usage in France by 2018 ( Agrow No 552, p 13). The government also views this as part of its response to the EU sustainable use of pesticides Directive (2009/128), which came into force on November 25th and will be transposed into member states’ national laws by December 14th 2011 ( Agrow No 581, p 8).

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