Integrated crop production means the production of plants using integrated pest management and using technical and biological progress in cultivation and fertilization, with particular emphasis on human and animal health and environmental protection.
IP requirements are described in methodologies for a given crop. Each methodology contains requirements and practical guidelines in the field of: planning and establishing a crop, rational fertilization, selection of varieties, irrigation, plantation care and protection against diseases, pests, storage and rules for using plant protection products.
The certificate confirming the use of integrated crop production is issued at the request of the crop producer, if he meets the following requirements:
- has completed training in integrated crop production and has a certificate of completion of this training,
- conducts the production and protection of plants according to detailed methodologies approved by the Chief Inspector of Plant Health and Seed Inspection and made available on the website piorin.gov.pl administered by the Chief Inspectorate of Plant Health and Seed Inspection,
- applies fertilization based on the actual needs of plants for nutrients, determined in particular on the basis of soil or plant analysis,
- properly documents the activities related to integrated crop production,
- observes the hygienic and sanitary rules in the production of plants, in particular those specified in the methodologies,
- the samples of plants and plant products taken for testing did not exceed the maximum permissible residues of plant protection products and the levels of nitrates, nitrites and heavy metals,
- observes the plant protection requirements against harmful organisms in the production of plants, in particular those specified in the methodologies.
A producer who has received a certificate confirming the use of integrated crop production may use the integrated crop production mark to mark plants for which this certificate has been issued.