Farmers are being warned that the clock is ticking in the race to meet fresh legislation on the use of pesticides.
New laws mean there are just nine months until a certificate of competence becomes a legal requirement for anyone using aluminium phosphides to control rabbits, rats and moles in their burrows. And the leader of an independent stewardship scheme is urging those affected to avoid a race against time.
David Cross, chairman of RAMPS UK (the Register of Accredited Metallic Phosphide Standards), said: “From November 26, gamekeepers using products such as Talunex and Phostoxin must demonstrate they’ve achieved the new Level 2 Award, even if they’ve had previous training.
“After that date, no-one will be able to use the products without this new certificate of competence. It’s a rule which will affect a lot of people and we want to make sure those who have not yet gained the qualification do so in plenty of time.
“Demand will inevitably exceed supply as the deadline approaches, so I would urge people who will be affected to act soon.”
The use of aluminium phosphide products has long been governed and restricted, but the new rules means users must be certified.
The scheme, which features independent pest control register BASIS along with stakeholders, manufacturer Detia Degesch, distributors and user members, has created a network of trainers to provide courses leading to City and Guilds, Royal Society for Public Health and LANTRA qualifications.