Farm Ireland

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Sustainable Use Directive

A quick guide to new rules regarding pesticide usage

Michael Hennessy

Quick Guide to the Sustainable Use Directive

The Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) was introduced into Ireland over the past year. This directive will affect all tillage growers in the coming years. The following are a number of common questions that will be in farmers' minds.

1.What are the aims of the SUD?

* To reduce the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment

* To promote the use of integrated pest management (IPM) and of alternative approaches or techniques to pesticides

2.Who will the SUD affect?

* Pesticide advisors*

* Pesticide Distributors (merchants)*

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* Professional users of pesticides (farmers, sprayer operators, spraying companies)

* Inspectors of sprayer equipment*

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3.Who are categorised as Professional users of pesticides?

A Professional user is any person who uses pesticides in the course of their professional activities, including operators, technicians, employers and self-employed people, both in farming and other sectors.

All professional users must be registered by November 26 2015. From this date, only a registered professional user or a person operating under the direct supervision of a registered professional user can apply pesticides authorised for professional use.

4.How does a Professional User register?

There will be an online registration facility available for professional users on the Pesticide Control Service (PCS) website in 2014.

Alternatively, a hard copy form will be available for download from the PCS website in 2014, which can be completed and returned to the PCS.

5.How do you become a trained Professional User?

People who have completed the Pesticide Application module as part of a Teagasc FETAC level 5 or 6 course will meet the requirements for professional user training. Anyone who has completed the Teagasc Pesticide Application short course (Level 5) will also be deemed appropriately trained. The Department of Agriculture will determine if alternative qualifications meet requirements on a case by case basis.

6.By what date must Pesticide Application Equipment be inspected?

All boom sprayers greater than 3m and all blast and orchard sprayers must be tested at least once by November 26, 2016.

The interval between inspections must not exceed five years until 2020 and must not exceed three years thereafter.

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