BOPP to re-introduce league table at AGM

In readiness for this year?s AGM and technical seminar ?Creating a Sustainable Future for Ornamentals,? BOPP has announced that it will be re-introducing the members? league table of inspections.

The meeting, which is due to take place prior to the technical seminar on the 19th September 2013 at The Oak Tree, Stoneleigh Park, will bring together retailers, growers and suppliers to learn about the current issues affecting the industry and provide an update on the strategy and activities of the BOPP Scheme.

Anna Cook, BOPP Scheme Manager, announced the news; ?Long-term members of the scheme will recall the old league tables that were presented with members ranked by inspection score. We?ve decided this year to re-introduce the league tables for the inspections, which will be ranked by non-conformance for inspections carried out by NSF Certification and score for the Continual Development inspections carried out by ADAS. This is part of a new initiative by the scheme management to track non-conformances and scoring to allow us to develop services and guidance documents to help our members improve their businesses.?

The seminar will follow on from the AGM and aims to tackle head-on the production challenges faced by ornamentals growers covering topics such as water treatment, growing media and the loss of neonicotinoid pesticides. John Adlam will answer the key questions; how can growers respond to the loss of neonicotinoids, when and how can they still be used and what does the future hold for more pesticide losses?

The sustainable growing media session will be chaired by David Coop of Westland Horticulture and will feature an update on Project 4 of the Sustainable Growing Media Task Force which is looking to identify how sustainable growing media mixes/products are. Paul Alexander of the RHS will provide an introduction on what the project is hoping to achieve with some information on how it is trying to determine sustainability.

Erika Wedgwood from ADAS and Melvyn Rutter will conclude the seminar with presentations relating to sustainable water usage.

?This unashamedly technically focused event will help any nursery prepare their business for a sustainable future. The committee has taken feedback from the members about previous events and we hope the presentations will assist growers, suppliers and retailers with the production issues faced by them? commented Steve Carter, who is the interim BOPP Chairman, whilst Rebecca Grant is on maternity leave.

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