BASF has strengthened its stewardship and support to farmers across the UK by launching a new digital portal offering farmers an interactive rodent control training programme.
The Real Results Virtual Farm CPD portal, which has been developed in partnership with experienced industry instructor, Oliver Madge, guides users through nine modules exploring different areas of rodent control, before completing theCRRU-recognised exam for the Safe Use of Rodenticides certificate.
The course aims to increase good stewardship and best practice of rodenticide usage, reduce pest-risk on farms and minimise environmental impact, while offering farmers CPD points, which are required for ongoing rodenticide purchases.
The launch of the portal comes after a recent survey launched by BASF, which explored rodent activity and rodenticide usage on UK farms, found that three quarters of respondents felt that they could do more to improve rodent control on their farm.
Modules include reasons for control; CRRU and environmental; habitat management; rodent biology; monitoring pest activity; non-chemical control; chemical control; long term integrated pest management; and reporting.
Users can also register to take the BASIS online exam, which is the ongoing stewardship requirement for those looking to purchase larger quantities of rodenticides.
Candidates will also cover the correct usage of BASF’s new rodenticide, Selontra, as part of the bespoke course, as well as receiving a certificate to demonstrate understanding of its use.
Helen Hall, BASF’s pest control specialist, said: “The launch of the Real Results Farm digital training course will allow farmers to achieve the certification required to effectively control rodents and use rodenticide safely on their farms.
“It’s clear that farmers want to learn more about safe rodenticide usage and control rats on their farms while reducing the environmental impact, so we hope that this new platform will enable many to gain more knowledge and understanding of rodent control.
“It also means farmers in more isolated rural environments can access the course without the need to travel, and farmers across the country can jump online to complete a short session in between their busy daily routines.”
Visit BASF’s Real Results Virtual Farm and begin the course, by clicking HERE.