Spraying Registration Deadline
With only two months until the deadline for the new Sustainable Use Directive on the 26th of November, farmers need to ensure that they are fully trained, as question marks over who is properly trained and who isn’t start to appear.
After the 26th of November only people with the correct training may handle pesticides. This goes for everyone, including advisers, distributors, professionals and the normal household person. This is also in place for people who use knapsack sprayers.
If people are unsure if they have the correct training, then they can obtain a query form from the Teagasc website. For anyone who is unsure they need to fill it out and check with their local Teagasc office.
- It is thought that anyone who completed the Green Cert between 1994 and 2002 are trained correctly.
- Apart from this period pesticide training was an elective module and was not taken by every student.
The Department of Agriculture have a full list of training courses available on their website. The majority of course are been organised by merchants and will cost in the region of €200 to €300. These courses will last two to three days.
People with a level 7 or level 8 agricultural qualification will most likely require training also. Only the people with crop protection done as part of their course and are registered as a pesticides adviser before 26th of November 2013 are okay.