Twelve members of Tyrone YFC will be trained in the safe use of pesticides thanks to the generosity of the Tyrone Farming Society, organisers of the annual Omagh Show.
The Society has presented a bursary to the Tyrone YFC to cover the cost of the PA1 course which will be hosted at the Tyrone Farming Society building and Drumquin Road showgrounds.
The organisers of Omagh Show, which this year takes place on July 1st and 2nd, have developed a close working relationship with local Young Farmers’ Clubs and this latest initiative will further cement that partnership.
Tyrone YFC county chairman Peter Smith has thanked the Tyrone Farming Society for their generous gesture: “I would like on behalf of the county to thank the Tyrone Farming Society for their bursary for supporting 12 members toward this course and to the Show Society for all their help throughout the years and especically during the annual Omagh Show,” he said.
“Tyrone Young Farmers have always been very honoured to be associated with Tyrone Farming Society over a long history working together and especially at Omagh Show where the Tyrone YFC get to showcase some of their achievements over the year.
“Tyrone YFC also has the privilege to run an event in the main arena. This year at Omagh Show the county will run junior and senior tug-of-war and for the first time will introduce a female club section as well as other competitions.”
The PA1 is a land-based course and a new legal requirement for the use of pesticide. Pesticides are very widely and successfully used in land-based industries, but they can be potentially harmful substances, therefore it is essential that they are handled, applied and stored correctly, making training essential.
Effective application of pesticides will help members develop the knowledge of pesticides, enabling them to work safely and effectively in the field.
On completion of the course the members will be able to understand and use pesticide product label information, understand how pesticides work, and how to apply them to maximum effect, understand the importance of droplet size and water volume in achieving this, select appropriate application equipment to achieve this, mix pesticides safely and operate safely and effectively in the field.