Sprayer com­pany launches leas­ing so­lu­tion re­sponse to in­creas­ingly strin­gent EU stan­dards

Irish Examiner - Farming - - TECHNOLOGY FOCUS - Stephen Cado­gan

There was a bronze medal in the SIMA In­no­va­tion Awards for the Berthoud Rent ser­vice, a new sprayer longterm leas­ing so­lu­tion which in­cludes mon­i­tor­ing, check­ing, and main­tain­ing the sprayer on the user’s premises, so that the buyer al­ways has a well-main­tained, wellad­justed ma­chine work­ing to the best of its ef­fi­ciency. The SIMA In­no­va­tion Awards go for the most in­no­va­tive equip­ment, prod­ucts, tech­niques and ser­vices which will be on show at the SIMA Paris In­ter­na­tional Agribusi­ness show (Fe­bru­ary 24-28).

In Ire­land, test­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of boom sprayers greater than 3m has been in place since 2016.

Only cer­ti­fied equip­ment can be used to ap­ply pro­fes­sional plant pro­tec­tion prod­ucts (PPPS).

There are 30,000 to 40,000 trac­tor-mounted or trailed sprayers in Ire­land.

The test in­volves a thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion but cer­ti­fies a sprayer for five years.

The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is part of in­creas­ingly strin­gent stan­dards across the EU in terms of ma­chine per­for­mance, which have raised the prices of ma­chin­ery, and made their main­te­nance more so­phis­ti­cated. That is why Berthoud, one of the pi­o­neers of crop spray­ing in France, has com­bined a ren­tal con­tract with a com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice to mon­i­tor, check up and main- tain the ma­chine, on the farm.

The French com­pany’s “allinclu­sive” so­lu­tion from de­liv­ery to re­turn of the ma­chine, with reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing, can in­clude the cost of wear parts (in­clud­ing noz­zles) in the con­tract, and two an­nual vis­its (con­ducted by the dealer and a Berthoud tech­ni­cian), to check up on the con­di­tion of the ma­chine and carry out its ser­vic­ing and main­te­nance, in order to guar­an­tee the best op­er­a­tion of the sprayer, at no ex­tra cost.

It is also pos­si­ble to ad­just and mod­u­late ren­tal pay­ments ac­cord­ing to the ac­tiv­ity of the ma­chine.

The ser­vice there­fore of­fers French farm­ers and con­trac­tors flex­i­bil­ity in terms of the use and fi­nanc­ing of sprayers.

Berthoud in France has won an award for a long-term leas­ing so­lu­tion which in­cludes keep­ing a new sprayer well-main­tained for work­ing to the best of its ef­fi­ciency.

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