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Drift prevention training. TOPPS - Prowadis Project

Emilio Gil

Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology. Polytechnic University of Catalonia

The TOPPS-Prowadis project focuses on drift and runoff as the main diffuse sources of PPP contamination. In addition to developing a Best Management Practice (BMP) guide for preventing spray drift as well as a set of spray drift risk assessment tools, TOPPS-Prowadis needs to implement appropriate training measures to ensure  thorough dissemination of the measures adopted.

Training is structured through networks, each with a central core of local government technical officers and plant protection service officers, advisors from different companies, and research institutes. One- or two-day training sessions have been organized in different areas of all participating member states.

The TOPPS-Prowadis project focuses on drift and runoff as the main diffuse sources of PPP contamination. In addition to developing a Best Management Practice (BMP) guide for preventing spray drift as well as a set of spray drift risk assessment tools, TOPPS-Prowadis needs to implement appropriate training measures to ensure  thorough dissemination of the measures adopted.

Training is structured through networks, each with a central core of local government technical officers and plant protection service officers, advisors from different companies, and research institutes. One- or two-day training sessions have been organized in different areas of all participating member states. Sessions begin with a discussion of legal aspects and the country's official stance on PPP use, spray drift, and how they bear on water pollution. The next activity is presenting the BMP guide for preventing spray drift.

The guide focuses on two key aspects:

  1. appropriate user behaviour, and
  2. appropriate choice of sprayer equipment and correct adjustment.
The second part of the training courses focuses on practical demonstrations showcasing the benefits of using the various tools developed within the project. The Environmentally Optimized Sprayer (EOS) software enables users to evaluate sprayer technologies according to potential contamination risk.

The Drift Evaluation Tool software (for boom sprayers and orchard/vine sprayers) is also presented to participants and used. The tool is intended to encourage users to take steps toward drift reduction. Training sessions also include practical exercises so participants can directly test the effects of suggested measures, such as choosing antidrift nozzles and using them in specific ways, regulating fan airflow rate, sizing buffer strips according to technology, and using water-sensitive paper. Finally, training materials for advisors are presented and distributed to participants in order to support their own extension network training activities. TOPPS Prowadis has produced an extensive collection of training materials in several EU languages. All materials will be available on the project's official website.

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