MCPA aligns to our headquarter, CropLife International to promote Resistance Management as an integral part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and the stewardship approach to management of crop protection and agricultural biotechnology products while protecting the environment. Resistance Management is essential for sustainable pest control. Broadening the geographical scope and membership of the Resistance Action Committees (RACs) and alignment of key messages and approaches with non-industry stakeholders are critical elements in promoting voluntary resistance management strategies, therefore should be a priority for industry and non-industry stakeholders. Resistance Management is therefore an integral part of our CropLife International’s Stewardship Strategy (Crop Protection Stewardship Vision 2020). The overall approach is to:
- Support, implement and, if necessary sponsor research work to make progress in the understanding of resistance and how it can be managed or mitigated.
- Encourage the development and facilitate implementation of strategies for resistance management that can be applied across similar products.
- Assess the potential for resistance to develop in target pest populations to pest control tools.
- Establish techniques for an early detection and proof of resistance under practical conditions.
- Advocate the use of mode of action labeling, and where appropriate, the use of alternations or mixtures for resistance management, as well as combinations of technologies such as traits and pesticides.
- Highlight the dangers of applying incorrect doses, incorrect application timings and using illegal/counterfeit products in which the dose/efficacy is unknown.
- Develop training material appropriate for farmers and pest management professionals that can be used with an IPM/IVM strategy and facilitate practical and easy to implement resistance management.
- Publish educational material for non-experts in resistance and its management to aid awareness and understanding.
- Collaborate with external experts and other stakeholders, such as grower organizations, consultants and governments.
These areas of development are implemented by four RACs. For more information about their remits, goals, expertise, members and responsibilities, please follow the links below:
Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC): http://www.frac.info
Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC): http://www.irac-online.org
Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (HRAC): http://www.hracglobal.com
Rodenticide Resistance Action Committee (RRAC): http://www.rrac.info