On 28 Jan., 2015, the MOA held an executive meeting, in which the Action Plan for Zero Growth in the Use of Pesticides, the Action Plan for Zero Growth in the Use of Fertilizers and the Regulations for Crop Pest Controlwere deliberated and basically approved.
In the action plans, the MOA emphasizes the transformation of agricultural development, control on agricultural non-point source pollution and achieving agricultural efficiency, to guide farmers on scientific and rational use of pesticides and fertilizers, in order to improve utilization rate and realize zero growth in the use of pesticides and fertilizers.
In terms of the use of fertilizers, promotion for soil testing and fertilizer recommendation, mechanized fertilization, application go organic fertilizers is to be launched. In terms of pesticides, highly toxic pesticides shall be phased out to reduce overall risk in application; prevention and treatment, professional services, cleaner production and green production method shall be vigorously pushed forwarded.
Local agricultural management institutions and their relevance departments shall strengthen communication and coordination, make greater efforts to realize zero growth in the use of fertilizers and pesticides through optimizing policies of finance, insurance, tax and other policies.
In addition, the 2015 Main Points for Planting Industry wasissued by the MOA on 16 Jan., 2015. In this document, it is made clear that unreasonable input into fertilizers shall be reduced, utilization rate of agricultural fertilizers up to 40% by 2020 with zero growth rate in the use of agricultural pesticides. Besides, efficient, low toxic and low residue pesticides are to be promoted to take the place of highly toxic, high residue pesticides; highly efficient drug production equipments are to be used to take the place of those with low efficiency; the area of demonstration and subsidy pilot for low toxic biological pesticides will increase.
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