The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have announced the implementation of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD).
This directive stipulates that professional users, ie farmers and distributors of plant protection products will be required to be trained and registered with the Department by November 26, 2015. Farmers need to be compliant and the training courses required are commonly known as Boom Sprayers and Knapsack Sprayers.
The directive has been introduced to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides by setting minimum rules to reduce risks to human health and the environment from the use of pesticides and to ensure that best practice is the norm at every level in the industry, from storage and distribution through to advice and use. The registration of properly trained individuals is a key requirement of the directive. So the first step is to get the correct certification and this training will also improve farmer’s efficiency, which will in turn lead to money savings.
FRS Training (Farm Relief Services) is a FETAC/QQI approved professional pesticide user training provider and has tailored its courses to suit farming life. The courses involve two tutor led training days, but they are not consecutive days, which lessens the burden to farmers and also incorporates independent learning that the farmer can complete on their own farms. This combination is proving to be very appealing to farmers and with the trusted backing of FRS farmers are reassured that they are receiving quality training.
Here are a few key learnings that farmers will be able to apply after completing the Boom Sprayer Pesticide Application QQI Level 5 course and the Hand Held (Knapsack Sprayer) Pesticide Application QQI Level 5 course with FRS:
Explain the terminology used to categorise pesticides for crop.
Describe procedures for the safe handling, storage application and storage of pesticides including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Demonstrate knowledge of the laws and regulations relating to poisonous substances including record keeping.
Explain the principles of application technology necessary for the proper application of pesticides.
Interpret pesticide label information correctly.
Prepare boom sprayer/knapack sprayer for work.
Make up and apply a pesticide spray mix in accordance with good practice.
Further information on registration and training requirements and hard copies of all registration forms visit www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie
Contact FRS Training on 1890 20 1000 today to book your course or visit www.frstraining.com. FRS courses are available Nationwide at competitive pricing and group discounts.