The NFU met with the National Register of Sprayer Operators and
other stake-holders to agree a one-year extension to give early
members the chance to register extra points and qualify for renewed
Plant health adviser Neil Kift said: “The introduction of
new training methods often involves significant development of
systems and both users and trainers have struggled to meet the
changing demands. Trainers didn’t apply for points for events
that would have been valid, farmers didn’t realise they had
to sign registers and registers weren’t always returned meaning
points didn’t go on farmers’ records.
“As a result many who joined the scheme, in the first year
2003, have, in effect, only had two years to collect points rather
than the three envisaged. These members will be given the chance
to pay for a one-off single year’s additional registration
for NRoSO training to give them chance to collect the appropriate
“Finally members are urged to check carefully the points
credited to their NRoSO annual statement to ensure this includes
points from all relevant course and events. In the event of any
discrepancy members should contact the course organiser or the
NRoSO to facilitate the submission of relevant evidence of attendance.”
The scheme has made other responsive changes to meet the needs
of members including rolling over extra points collected during
the first three years and changing the weighting of points required
for fulfilling membership.
1.The NRoSO was set up to provide a scheme for farmers to demonstrate
the continuing training they receive regarding pesticide applications
and crop protection.
2.The NRoSO operates on a three yearly basis and during that time
members have to achieve 30 points through training and other activities.
Membership is renewable at the end of each three-year block (subject
3.Difficulties obtaining points in the first year of the NRoSO
training scheme were due to a lack of awareness on the part of
the trainers of how and when to obtain points for events, a lack
of awareness of how to register lists of attendees at events and
a failure to understand what needed to be done to register yourself
at an event.
4.This is a one-off extension which only applies to those who
joined the scheme in the first year in 2003.
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