Forestry web­site on pes­ti­cides launched

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - AGRIPULSE - Larry Bent­ley

THE United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Day of Forests on 21 March was marked by Forestry South Africa with the launch of an in­for­ma­tion and illustration-rich web­site fo­cus­ing on pes­ti­cide-re­lated mat­ters.

The web­site is aimed at foresters, tech­ni­cal staff, stu­dents, small- and medium-scale farm­ers.

The web­site has been put to­gether by the Tim­ber In­dus­try Pes­ti­cide Work­ing Group (TIPWG) com­pris­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the forestry sec­tor, pes­ti­cide man­u­fac­tur­ers, gov­ern­ment and con­ser­va­tion groups.

TIPWG (pro­nounced tip-wig) pro­motes the re­spon­si­ble and ef­fec­tive use of pes­ti­cides in South African com­mer­cial tim­ber plan­ta­tions through in­dus­try col­lab­o­ra­tion and the pro­vi­sion of tech­ni­cal sup­port and guide­lines on is­sues re­lat­ing to, among many other things, com­pli­ance.

The new por­tal, www.tipwg.co.za, of­fers a tech­ni­cal one-stop shop for all things re­lated to pes­ti­cides.

The re­source also of­fers in-depth, easy-to-read con­tent sup­ported by eye-catch­ing in­fo­graph­ics and ad­di­tional links for those seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion.

The web­site cov­ers the ba­sics of pes­ti­cides and sus­tain­able, re­spon­si­ble pes­ti­cide use as well as pro­vid­ing the ap­proved pes­ti­cide lists for com­mer­cial plan­ta­tions, nurs­eries and con­ser­va­tion ar­eas along with stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures for their han­dling and ap­pli­ca­tion.

Why pes­ti­cides?

Tree pests and dis­eases pose the big­gest threat to tim­ber plan­ta­tion pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Jac­qui Meyer, TIPWG sec­re­tariat and in­de­pen­dent forestry con­sul­tant, says, ‘Con­trol­ling pests and dis­eases in over a mil­lion hectares of plan­ta­tions is no small task, and ev­ery year in South Africa, the in­dus­try in­vests a con­sid­er­able amount on pest and dis­ease con­trol.’

Com­pared to other sec­tors, forestry uses a small frac­tion of the chem­i­cals per hectare ow­ing to world-lead­ing bi­o­log­i­cal-con­trol pro­grammes that com­bat most pests and dis­eases.

Bac­te­ria, fungi, insects, par­a­sites, weeds and an­i­mals can all be­come pests, if their in­flu­ence dis­rupts the tim­ber plan­ta­tion’s pro­duc­tiv­ity or its com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity.

‘By man­ag­ing our com­mer­cial forests sus­tain­ably, we can make a pos­i­tive im­pact on those liv­ing in, around or near plan­ta­tions; mak­ing them greener, health­ier and hap­pier places to live,’ says Meyer.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.tipwg.co.za.

Source: Forestry South Africa

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