Time's up for Grandfather Rights
Since last November everyone applying professional pesticides must hold a specified certificate of competence.
The exemption allowing those born before 31st December 1964 to use professional pesticides without such a certificate no longer applies.
The VI is an industry-led programme that promotes responsible pesticide use.
Key elements of the VI are the National Register of Sprayer Operators (NRoSO), the National Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS) and the Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPMP) replacing the Crop Protection Management Plan (CPMP)More info »
Help Protect Oilseed Rape Herbicides
Farmers and sprayer operators are urged to take extra care to keep herbicides away from watercourses.More info »
The new Integrated Pest Management Plan is now availableMore info »
From November 26th 2016 all pesticide application equipment in use needs to hold a valid NSTS test certificate.
This includes trailed, mounted and self-propelled sprayers as well as foggers, misters, granular and slug pellet applicators.