FPA accommodated the request of CropLife Asia and the Crop Protection Association of the Philippines (CPAP) to hold a dialogue with pesticide industry stakeholders to deliberate matters and developments relevant to their sector.
On February 20 at the FPA Auditorium, the stakeholders raised their call to integrate the Mode of Action (MoA) Labelling Guidance by Croplife International in the Product Stewardship Program of pesticide industries.
Croplife said that the MoA Labelling Guidance is responsive to the need to avoid the development of pest resistance due to farmer’s repetitive application of pesticides with the same MoA.
MoA refers to the way pesticide works given their type, chemical ingredient and level of toxicity.
“The inclusion of MoA labelling in product labels would make it easy for the dealers and farmers to be guided in diversifying the pesticides they will use. MoA labels allows them to identify the type of pesticide they are buying- if its Herbicide, Insecticide and Fungicide, and their level of toxicity indicated through assigned coding or numeric group,” explained Croplife.
The guidance suggests that the inclusion of MoA information on product labels, supported by training and other resources, is critical to ensure growers have the information they need to follow resistance management guidelines.
It further said that MoA labelling has been already adopted by few countries in their regulations, but it is foreseen that more countries will make it mandatory in the future.
Accordingly, it considers the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on Good Labelling Practice for Pesticides.
Taking into account the positivity of the proposition, Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan said that FPA will prepare the necessary guidelines and integrate it in the Greenbook. He advised industry stakeholders to take the lead in promoting such action, for the meantime.
Other agenda discussed included updates on the revision of the Greenbook, actions on the call to transfer household pesticide regulation to FPA, and clarifications in some of the provisions of the PIP guidelines.