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CropLife Philippines (CLP) uses advocacy and social mobilization as pro-active communication strategies to sustain the Crop Science Industry’s partnerships with government and agricultural sector to promote biotechnology in and crop protection solutions for a sustainable and resilient agriculture, amidst the pandemic.

As the agriculture sector moves forward to, the CLP’s communications and advocacy will prioritize:

  • Fall Armyworm Management
  • Anti-Pesticides Legislation
  • Illegal seeds and counterfeit  pesticides
  • Smart agriculture
  • Soil conservation
  • Support to rice and corn program
  • Food safety concerns 
  • Policy on Local Seed Production and Importation

Interventions entail expanding CLP’s digital platform in social media and grassroots communication work. To address the FAW issue, new video materials like tutorial kits and testimonies are being developed, along with an Industry handbook on FAW. 

Materials on safe and responsible use of pesticides are being updated through the CLP website and social media channels. The CLP continues to sustain current efforts to address the farmers’ problems with illegal seeds and counterfeit CP.

To expand grassroots reach, the CLP will incorporate updating stakeholders on trends in science-based agriculture in digital and social media platform. It includes online and digital contents that supports the government's program. A monthly CLP newsletter in both digital and print formats will be launched as the CLP website is being updated to be more user-friendly.

On the other hand, initiatives to support the Rice and Corn Program of the government will be undertaken not only on the aspects of seeds and crop protection technologies but also developing capacities of farmers in climate change adaptation, farm clustering to achieve economies of scale, post harvest, marketing and others. This will also involve pursuing strategic alliances with like minded groups in the supply/value chain to address concerns on policies and regulations. CLP will also pursue positive engagement with government and private stakeholders.

The CLP stewardship priorities this year are:

Upscaling CLP-initiated online training on Responsible Use and Resistance Management by targeting more schools, LGUs, and farmers’ cooperatives and associations. The online-training will tap experts from the Industry, government and the academe. New information materials will be disseminated. Face to face trainings of farmers will proceed when the health situation occasioned by the pandemic improves.

  • Tackling soil conservation issues through sustained coordination with the DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and LGUs in firming up of policies. The CLP will document experiences in the CLP-supported techno demo sites which will later be shared to agriculture stakeholders and the public.
     
  • Promoting CP as a critical component of IPM through online interventions tackling the importance of responsible use of pesticide in agriculture. Digital materials for government, LGUs and farmers will be produced, along with continuing education of stakeholders, especially government  sectors on the importance of pesticides as a an IPM component.
     
  • Prepare a policy on waste reclassification. A project proposal will be submitted to CLP Asia for a local study through laboratory analysis on rinsate and pelletized empty containers of selected active ingredients. The result of the study will be presented to the DENR-Environment Management Bureau to support the advocacy on reclassification and issuance of corresponding policy, to give way to recycling as an option in empty container management.
     
  • Resistance Management and MoA Labeling

Digital kits are being developed on the existing CLP materials as the Industry focuses on resistance management on specific key crops. These materials will be uploaded in social media Facebook and sent to stakeholders mailing lists prepared by CLP.

  • The CLP will conduct survey for Pre-and-post test of dealers on the Mode of Action (MoA) and Resistance Management. The PH-RAC will also be expanded to include members of the academe and concerned individuals.
  • Mode of Action labelling compliance of CLP member companies is being pursued, while a CLP-led resistance monitoring will be sustained in partnership with the academe and the LGUs and farmer organizations.

Capacity building sessions are being worked out for plantations technicians and food safety auditors. Top residue experts from the academe are being tapped to assist in the development of a module on MRL and residues in addressing MRL issues.

CLP will also actively take part in the ongoing initiatives of: 1). the Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority in crafting policies for registration of pesticides for drone use; 2). the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards in the development and or updating of the Philippine National Standards for Maximum Residue Limits for key crops.

In monitoring online selling of unregistered products, the CLP assists the Industry in reporting of incidences to the FPA and FDA for appropriate course of actions under existing regulations. 

The Industry pushes the institutionalization of online submissions of applications and online payment of fees. It will support FPA in expanding the pool of expert evaluators.

On Household and Urban Pesticide, CLP will conduct follow-up training sessions on GHS issues with the Food and Drug Administration.

The CLP’s priority is to continue efforts to ensure that farmers have access to the right seed technologies for their needs, educate them on the responsible use of these technologies, and provide awareness on registered & authorized seed products that meet regulatory requirements. These initiatives contribute to protecting the technologies so that they may continue to benefit farmers in their livelihood. The industry will continue to partner with the Department of Agriculture & regulatory agencies and align with their drive to promote modern agricultural technologies that contribute to farm productivity and food security.

The Industry, through the CLP, will continue to advocate that the processing of biosafety applications be in sync with ARTA timelines to avoid trade disruptions.

The CLP is also taking an active role in the proposed seed law amendments that are pending in Congress. The CLP continues to monitor status of ongoing amendments, while participating in the Department of Agriculture-led public consultations and submit recommendations when necessary. The CLP will participate in the House committee deliberations on the consolidated bills.

The CLP will conduct follow-up training sessions on GHS issues. The Industry is also prioritizing monitoring of online selling and reporting of incidences for issuance of show-cause orders and imposition of appropriate sanctions.

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