PESTICIDE USE: ‘GRANDFATHER RIGHTS’ NO LONGER EXIST

People born before 31st December 1964 are no longer exempt from holding a certificate of competence for using an agricultural pesticide product.  It is a legal requirement to follow the rules outlined in ‘The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012’.  If you do not adhere to the rules, you will also risk prosecution and a reduction in your BPS and certain Pillar II payments.  If you do not hold a certificate of competence or specified certificate, but require the application of professional pesticides to your land, you may employ a contractor or neighbouring farmer.  It would be your responsibility to check that they hold an appropriate specified certificate.