Pesticides code enforcement 'must be from highest level'

The pressure is on the industry to ensure pesticides are used correctlyand in compliance with the new Code of Practice.

Pressure must come “from the top” to ensure the new pesticides Code of Practice is followed by all contractors and those who employ them, National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) chief executive Jill Hewitt told the Weed & Pest Control Challenge conference in Birmingham last week. Hewitt welcomed DEFRA horticulture minister Lord Bach’s recommendation of the code to local authorities: “It is vital that pressure comes from the top to ensure all those involved follow the code. We need pressure to ensure the entire house is in order. This is the first time we have had a statutory code. “The biggest problems the NAAC sees are lack of enforcement of current legislation, people who are not certificated carrying out work and those who put tenders together not having an accurate knowledge of what they are doing, sometimes even bringing out old tenders and using them again. We want to see professionals compiling tenders for professionals and it was good to see Lord Bach on the podium saying publicly that the Government had taken note of our concerns and was backing the code.” She added that councils that “did not understand what they were asking for” often put contractors in difficult situations.

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