ECPA represents the crop protection industry in Europe; innovative and science-based, our solutions keep crops healthy and contribute to providing Europeans with a safe, affordable, healthy, and sustainable food supply. We promote modern farming practices and champion the use of crop protection technology important for the sustainable intensification of agriculture. Our awareness raising and stewardship activities further the safe and sustainable use of pesticides in Europe, encouraging management practices that safeguard harvests, human health, and the environment. Through its network of 36 national crop protection associations and 22 company members, ECPA has a significant outreach to advisors, farmers, project partners, and other key stakeholders in agriculture in many European countries.
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ECPA’s contacts to farmers, the users of the spray application technologies and tools that will be developed within the OPTIMA project, will contribute to the evaluation of the technologies in practice.
With its vast experience in chemical crop protection, ECPA will also participate in selecting the most appropriate biological and chemical plant protection products and combinations thereof will be tested and assessed.
The large network of ECPA in EU countries will significantly contribute to the ability of the OPTIMA project to identify and engage with relevant stakeholders across Europe to disseminate and communicate the project results.