Plant protection products (PPPs) used in agriculture that create contamination from different ways in which land and water resources poses a serious threat to natural resources. Especially the contamination of underground and surface water sources with these affects public health seriously. 45-90% of water resources contamination caused by point sources. These contamination occurs with PPPs starts from the storage stage of the PPPs and emerges in situations like transporting PPPs to the application site, preparation, application to the target zone, disposal of wastes and containers after the application, cleaning of the machines used.In addition, as a result of rainfall in the land, washing and erosion of the soil also results in contamination of water resources. In our country, these contamination are more prominent especially in rivers, lakes and catchments. If the contamination continues to form at this speed, it is estimated that a point that cannot be returned will be reached within 25-30 years.
The aim of the ProtectLife Project is firstly, to develop Best Management Practices (BMPs) in accordance with the conditions of our country in order to prevent water resources contamination of point resources with PPPs, and then to improve the professional competence of the extensional agricultural engineers working in the Provincial Directorates of Agriculture using these BMPs. Agricultural engineers in the field are responsible for transferring BMPs to farmers in the work with the PPPs. Within this framework, there is a need to improve the professional competence of the extensional agricultural engineers in terms of the project subject. In the project; for this purpose, successful methods and practices developed in relation to BMP of the PPPs in European Union countries will be utilized by considering the needs of our country and this information will be gained to the target group.