Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (196)

Paudie Coffey

Question:

196. Deputy Paudie Coffey asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if new legislation will be required to implement required standards for the testing and use of agricultural sprayers in accordance with European Directive 2009/128/EC; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32366/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Statutory Instrument No. 155 of 2012 which transposes Directive 2009/128/EC into Irish law, makes it a legal requirement for all “agricultural sprayers” over 3m wide, as well as orchard sprayers and other pesticide application equipment to be tested by November 2016. Officials in my Department are currently working on the mechanisms to facilitate this process and it is planned to have a coherent system in place by early 2014. It is not foreseen that any additional legislation will be required to progress these systems.