The Freshuelva association, the Business Association for Plant Protection (AEPLA), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development of the Junta de Andalucía have launched the #RESPBerry project to raise awareness among berry producers in the province of Huelva on the importance of occupational prevention and compliance with good agricultural practices in the handling and use of phytosanitary products throughout their production process; from the purchase of the phytosanitary product to the management of empty containers, always following the official protective, hygiene, and preventive measures that are found on the products' labels.
Not following these preventive measures can entail different health risks, but users don't always understand or comply with them.
The #RESPBerry project will start by conducting 45 surveys among farmers to analyze the starting situation. To do this, they will divide the production area of the province of Huelva into three different areas based on the statistics provided by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Junta de Andalucía: Almonte/Rocio, Cartaya/Lepe, and Palos/Moguer.
The information obtained in the surveys will help determine how the applications of phytosanitary products can be improved regarding the safety of the operators and the correct calibration of the treatment machinery, which will prevent water contamination when phytosanitary products are applied, taking into account the TOPPS project.
The project also contemplates producing information material that can be used by trainers, consultants, and farmers in their daily work.