New Plant Protection Products legislation was introduced in 1997. This started a discussion about how detailed the legislation should be, with the result that excessively detailed legislation would not be efficient. Instead, the Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF) took the initiative to start the voluntary information campaign Focus on Pesticide Use in order to promote information to farmers, consultants and retailers.
This initiative was taken together with the Chemicals Inspectorate, the Board of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Swedish Work Environment Authority and the Farmers´ Supply & Crop Marketing Association.
The campaign has distributed information through brochures, courses, leaflets, advertisements and the web site www.sakertvaxtskydd.se.
It has focused on:
- Safe filling and cleaning of sprayers
- Safe storage of pesticides
- Safety distance – surface runoff
- Safety distance – wind drift