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Inspections - Minimum Requirements for Fertiliser and Plant Protection Product Use

Article 51 of the RDR states that anyone receiving payments under Article 36 (a)(iv) (agri-environment) who does not comply with the minimum requirements for fertiliser and plant protection product use referred to in Article 39(3) will be subject to reductions or cancellation of payments in line with those incurred through breaches under cross compliance.

If you receive payments for Options which come under Axis 2 of the Rural Priorities (except those relating to Woodlands) you must comply with the minimum requirements for fertiliser and plant protection product use.

The minimum requirements are:

Fertiliser use - beneficiary must comply with the standards set out in the section 'Nitrogen and Phosphorus' of the Prevention of Environmental Pollution from Agricultural Activity (PEPFAA) Code of Good Practice.

The inspector will visually inspect the fields for evidence that fertiliser/farm yard manure/slurry has not been spread:

  • Where they are likely to enter a watercourse
  • When the land is flooded, the soil is frozen, or is covered in snow
  • To steeply sloping fields
  • Any middens are located at least 10m from a watercourse or field drain and at least 50m away from any spring, well or borehole.

Plant protection product use - beneficiary must comply with the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 and amended in 1997. The Code of Practice for using plant protection products in Scotland sets out the minimum requirements for pesticide stores and the spraying of plant protection products.

The inspector will check that the beneficiary:

  • Pesticide record book is completed and up to date
  • Has the spraying certificates to use the products (or employs a contractor with the spraying certificates or has grandfather rights)
  • Meets the requirements on safe storage
  • Meets the rules on applying pesticides close to water and other sensitive sites