There has been an increase in the number of sprayers tested under National Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS) in NI ahead of the introduction of the compulsory testing requirement at the end of last month.

On enquiry, Duncan Russell from the Agricultural Engineers’ Association said that 178 sprayers have been tested in NI from April 2016 to 26 November 2016, compared with 92 in the previous 12 months. However, the total number of sprayers NSTS accredited in NI remains unclear, as some are tested more often than others due to quality assurance schemes.