Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use to be set up in Ireland

Following the success of CRRU, in making users of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides more aware of the problems of secondary poisoning in non-target species in the UK, it is now to establish an associated company in Ireland.

Last year the Irish Competent Authority expressed concern at the level of secondary poisoning in Ireland and asked the industry to improve the stewardship of SGARs. At a meeting in February this year, at the Department of Agriculture’s Backweston Campus, a number of presentations outlined the extent of the problem.

During the meeting it was agreed that there was a need for a CRRU Ireland and the main rodenticide manufacturers active in the market fully supported the concept.

Last week a task force containing the new CRRU Ireland board, together with the Irish Competent Authority and representatives from the National Parks Agency, trade associations and wildlife conservation bodies met at the Backweston Campus to discuss the implementation of the campaign, which is to be officially launched in September 2013.

Chairman of CRRU, Dr Alan Buckle, explained that a new company limited by guarantee, funded by the nine manufacturers currently behind CRRU, was being formed in Dublin. CRRU Ireland would then be run through the CRRU taskforce.

Dr Mark Lynch, a former head of the Pesticide Control Service at the Department of Agriculture and the current Chairman of the Irish Agricultural Supply Industry Standards (IASIS Limited) has agreed to become Vice-Chairman.

Eanna Ni Lamhna, who is one of Ireland’s best known broadcasters on wildlife conservation, has agreed to promote the work of CRRU to both professional and non-professional end users.

Alan Buckle commented, “We are delighted at the response from the manufacturers, the trade associations and the wildlife conservation groups. We have developed a great deal of expertise in addressing the secondary poisoning problem and look forward to taking the message to our Irish colleagues. We are particularly grateful to the Irish Department of Agriculture for their support and encouragement.”

The member companies, who fund CRRU, are BASF, Bayer, Bell, Killgerm, LiphaTech, LODI, PelGar, Rentokil and Syngenta.