Under Irish Legislation introduced (S.I. no. 155 of 2012) all Sprayers that are more than 5 years old having a boom width of >3m and all blast/orchard sprayers must be tested by 26 November 2016.
The initial test is valid for a maximum of 5 years once it is completed before 1 January 2020. Tests completed after 1 January 2020 will be valid for a maximum of 3 years. In relation to retests these will be completed depending on the initial year tested, see table for further information on retests.
In order to confirm the length of your sprayer, multiply the nozzle spacing by the number of nozzles, e.g. 7 nozzles x 0.5m spacing = 3.5m.
The basis of the test is to ensure all main components of the sprayer are tested. These include the boom, controls, pipes and hoses, pressure gauge (s), filters, nozzles, pump etc. The sprayer test verifies that your sprayer is in good working condition and ensures that plant protection products are applied evenly. On completion of sprayer test the farmer/operator is provided with the resultant test report. If your sprayer fails to meet the criteria a further test will be complete within 28days.
For further information on testing requirements and listed inspectors please click the following link http://www.pcs.agriculture.gov.ie/sud/equipmentinspectors/