Selecting Priorities for Strategy Development

Priorities for strategy development are set within the context of the information gathered in national crop profiles, which have been developed for many of the important crops in Canada. Crop profiles document production issues and availability of pest management approaches, and provide the foundation for stakeholder consultations and priority selection.

Through consultations, pest management issues have been identified by stakeholders for a number of crops. While all of these issues are important to growers and government, some provide a greater opportunity for pesticide risk reduction than others when viewed through the lens of pesticide risk. Pesticide risk reduction strategies selected for development are based on identified pest management issues that demonstrate a significant opportunity for pesticide risk reduction.

Program priorities are reviewed annually as new information becomes available. A number of factors are taken into consideration when selecting priorities for action by the program, such as:

Pesticide risk (pesticide use data, integrated pest management adoption data, risk indicators, environment and health information, product re-evaluation, stakeholder information and recommendation)

Potential for pesticide risk reduction (availability of reduced risk solutions, stakeholder interest, involvement and willingness)

Many of the pesticide risk reduction strategies being developed under the leadership of AAFC support and complement transition strategies being developed by the PMRA.

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