31 October 2011
23 people from Jersey and Guernsey were successfully trained in the safe use of professional pesticides by the Department of the Environment.
The training complies with the Island’s laws governing the use of pesticides which are designed to protect the natural environment. Misuse of professional pesticides can have a detrimental impact on the local flora and fauna and can pollute the environment.
The training was organised by the Department of the Environment, who have responsibility for regulating the use of pesticides under the Pesticide (Jersey) Law 1991. Alan Derrien from Environmental Protection said that the training had been a great success.
“The department always has to balance its work to protect the environment and the need for commercial organisations to use pesticides in a controlled way. The training that we offer certifies successful candidates in the safe use of pesticides and allows us to reinforce the need to protect our Island’s natural environment. Educating users on how to safely use these products and the negative impact they can have on the environment if misused is key to our work.”
The Minister for Planning and Environment, Deputy Rob Duhamel said "This is part of the department's commitment to the Eco-Active Biodiversity campaign that shows that we are committed to training operatives in the correct use of pesticides in order to safeguard the Island's ecosystem and working countryside."
Those attending the course ranged from farmers and growers to commercial gardeners. The training included maintenance, equipment requirements and disposal of contaminated pesticide waste. All those who attended the course were assessed as competent.
The City and Guilds training course includes classroom and on-site land training. It takes place at least annually, with the candidates funding all of the training costs.