16 November 2001

Cereal spraying under attack

CEREAL growers have been criticised for spraying in inappropriate conditions, despite a fall in the numbers of complaints about the use of pesticides.

Linda Williams, chief agricultural inspector at the Health and Safety Inspectorate said too many incidents related to spraying when it was windy. Growers should record wind speed accurately, using a proper meter, she said.

The number of people who believed they were made ill as the result of working with pesticides fell to 71 in the year to Mar 2001 compared with a seven-year average of 90 a year. The number of incidents fell from 170 incidents to 84. &#42