Plant protection in Poland on the eve of obligatory integrated pest management implementation
Correspondence to: Ewa Matyjaszczyk, Plant Protection Institute—National Research Institute, ul. Władysława Węgorka 20, 60-318 Poznań, Poland. E-mail: E.Matyjaszczyk@iorpib.poznan.pl
Integrated pest management (IPM) will be obligatory in all European Union (EU) member states from January 1, 2014. Successful IPM implementation will depend not only on the sound guidelines and goodwill of the farmers, but also on conditions in farmers' environment.
This paper presents the most important factors influencing IPM implementation in Poland.
The most favorable aspects on the eve of obligatory IPM implementation are the relatively low use of plant protection products and popularity of some non-chemical methods of pest control, such as sowing cereal in mixture. The most important challenges are the improvement of advisory service and the crop structure with almost three-quarters of sown area covered by cereals. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry