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Gearing up for the pesticides directive

Derek Casey

Published 15/04/2015 | 02:30

All boom sprayers greater than 3m will need to be tested and certified by a registered inspector from November 2016
All boom sprayers greater than 3m will need to be tested and certified by a registered inspector from November 2016

Kilkenny-based IAM have invested in the necessary sprayer testing equipment and training required ahead of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive being introduced in November 2016.

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Under the new rules, all boom sprayers greater than 3m will need to be tested and certified by a registered inspector at least once.

If your sprayer doesn't meet the required standard in terms of safety and application, it will either have to be repaired or decommissioned.

Approved

IAM, who distribute the Hardi range of sprayers, say John Heatherington from their service department has successfully completed the required training courses.

He is now officially listed as one of 10 currently approved pesticides equipment inspectors in the country.

Mr Heatherington has a vast amount of experience on Hardi technical related issues.

The Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association estimates that there are around 40,000 sprayers currently in use in the country.

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That figure comprises a vast majority that will either be tractor mounted or trailed sprayers, with a very small number of self-propelled sprayers in the mix as well.

Regardless of output capacity, once your sprayer has a boom width greater than 3m you are obliged to have your machine inspected.

Sprayers will have to be tested once every five years until 2020 and once every three years thereafter.

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