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Changes to grandfather rights are bitter-sweet, says CLA

Changes to so-called grandfatherrights exemptions to pesticide use forpeople above a certain age are bitter-sweet, the CLAhas claimed.

 

TheAssociation said it was concerned about achange that would mean people born before 31December 1964 were no longer exempt from having to obtain a certificate to usepesticides.

 

However,successful lobbying by the CLA has limited the number of tests requiredto just one City and Guilds Level 2 Certificatein the Safe Use of Pesticides.

 

CLAPresident Harry Cotterell said: We are unhappy that professionals such asgrassland farmers, gamekeepers and forestry specialists will have to undergoburdensome assessments despite having the experience to show they usepesticides responsibly.

 

Toreduce the impact on CLA members, we have lobbied hard against these changesbrought about by the European Unions Sustainable Use Directive. However, werecognise that Defra ministers were keen to implement the directive with theleast impact possible.

Mr Cotterell said the changes are likely to have more impact on farms and rural businesses which occasionally use pesticides.

 

Headded: Instead of having to undertake separate tests that cover a range ofpesticide applications, the CLA has ensured that any grandfather-rights holderwill only have to take a one-off test to gain the qualification.

 

Moredetails will be provided on the Voluntary Initiative website in the nearfuture.

                                                                                

        Grandfather rights expire on 26 November 2015.

 


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