Periodical Inspections and Controls of Agricultural Sprayers already in Use in Italy looking at the Directive CE 128/09
Biocca, M.; Gallo, P.; Imperi, G.
Proceedings “International Conference Ragusa SHWA 2010 - September 16-18, 2010 Ragusa Ibla Campus- Italy
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The objective of the paper is to show some aspects of the enforcement of the recent European Directive CE 128/09 in Italy and discussing some weakness and strength points of Italian organization of inspections. The framework Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides (CE 128/09) completed the European legislative background aimed at satisfy the "life-cycle” concept to address all major aspects related to the pesticides. For the first time, it is established (article 8) that member states shall ensure that pesticide application equipments in professional use shall be subject to inspections at regular intervals. Italian Regions have started programs aimed at periodical inspection during around the last 15 years, but so far there is not a general and complete organization of controls. Difficulty in implementing an universal mandatory system in Italy can be noticed, considering, for example, that many sprayers are obsolete (especially in small farms) so they cannot pass any inspection, giving a political problem to reject a large number of machinery. In the paper different technical possibilities to overcome the main problems are discussed.