The Nematicide Stewardship Programme

The overall aims of the NSP are to address challenges related to the sustainable control of nematodes including standardisation of soil sampling and laboratory testing and to stimulate cross-industry collaboration in order to develop best practice stewardship solutions. The Initiative has been developed by industry and includes partners from stakeholder organisations, agrochemical companies, manufacturers, distributors and research providers.

Its main objectives are to:

  • identify and promote best practice in the safe and efficient management of nematodes;
  • facilitate greater alignment, collaboration and information sharing between partners;
  • to develop standardised soil sampling protocols;
  • to establish a robust industry proficiency testing scheme which is used to regularly monitor the reliability of laboratory PCN testing services;
  • monitor political landscape and inform UK and EU policy makers with evidence to support sustainable nematode management;
  • scope future research needs;
  • communicate the achievements of the NSP to the wider industry.

The NSP follows the principles of anti-trust guidelines when conducting any business with group members. Each meeting has an agenda and the minutes of the meeting, are circulated within one month of the meeting date.

Independent Chair Sharon Hall

Andy Alexander, NFU
Neil Beadle, DuPont
Jeff Beever, PPA
Mark Britton, Syngenta
Phil Burgess, AHDB Potatoes
Sue Cowgill, AHDB Potatoes
Jim Davies , AHDB Potatoes
Alan Horgan, Certis
John Keer, Richard Austin Agriculture Ltd
Chris Marshall, FPSA
Nick Winmill, Agrii

All Agrochemical company representatives.
Not less than 4 industry stakeholder members

Frequency of meetings
A minimum of 2 per year, with 3 recommended as optimal