The Austrian Association for Integrated Crop Protection is an association under public law and is subject to the applicable statutory regulations. Membership is voluntary. The working group was founded on 17 February 1959 and represents an association of those interested in sustainable crop protection.
The "Austrian Association for Integrated Pest Management" (IPM) has its primary commitment in scientific research and in education of IPM (integrated pest management). Furthermore, all activities of the association should serve the dissemination of the idea of IPM as well as to implement already well defined measures or research results in this field. Agriculture and forestry as well as horticultural production will be supported in all corresponding efforts to protect the crops from harmful organisms in Austria.
The association is a non profit organisation.
Integrated pest management, in accordance with Directive 2009/128 / EC, requires careful consideration of all available plant protection methods and subsequent inclusion of appropriate measures to counteract the emergence of pest populations and to keep the use of pesticides and other defense and control methods at a level that is economically viable and is ecologically sustainable and reduces or minimizes risks to human health and the environment. Integrated pest management focuses on the growth of healthy crops with the least possible disruption of agricultural ecosystems and stimulate natural pest control mechanisms.
Good crop protection practice requires that the principles of integrated pest management will be taken into account.
The possibilities for implementing integrated pest management measures vary depending on the crop stage of process development in individual crops.
General principles of integrated pest management according to Directive 2009/128 / EC are:
Integrated Crop Protection, as a knowledge-based concept relies therefore on the use of new scientific knowledge and managable technological progress. It places high demands on the provision and implementation of site-specific information. These principles of integrated pest management form the frame for specific guidelines on implementing integrated pest management in best agricultural.practice.
The offers of expert advice and additional decision-making support such as warning services, should encourage farmers own observations. Continuous extension service must ensure that the phytosanitary measures implemented comply with the general state of art in sustainable crop production.