Crop Spraying

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 6th March 2017.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what requirements are placed on farmers who use knapsack sprayers to undertake training on the use of those sprayers; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Farmers using knapsacks to apply pesticide products authorised for use by professionals only must hold a certificate. Certificates are awarded to candidates passing a test of their knowledge of how to apply pesticides safely using their chosen equipment. There are different categories of certificate, so those using only a knapsack sprayer do not need to show that they can use a boom sprayer. Candidates for the test will normally first take a short training course, but this is not mandatory.

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