The effects of the introduction of Sustainable Use Directive will soon be felt by pesticide operators at farm level. As part of this action plan, all boom sprayers greater than 3m in width and orchard/blast sprayers have to be tested and certified by 26 November 2016.

The sprayers must comply with the EN standards for application and safety. Sprayers which do not meet this requirement will have to be repaired or decommissioned from use on the farm. This essentially means that all of the estimated 30,000-40,000 tractor-mounted or trailed sprayers in the country will have to be tested, as well as the small number of self-propelled machines.