74.4. Despite sections 74.1 to 74.3, Class 1 or Class 3 pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, clothianidin, imidacloprid or thiamethoxam may be applied before obtaining an agronomic justification where, in the opinion of the agrologist, the application of the pesticide is the treatment most appropriate to ensure rapid control of an insect pest that endangers a crop.
In that case, an agronomic prescription must be obtained before applying the pesticide. The prescription must be signed and dated, and contain the information provided for in paragraphs 2 to 5 of section 74.2. In addition, it must bear a number preceded by the letter “U” and indicate the parcel or group of parcels where the application will take place.
The pesticide must be applied within 36 hours of the issue of the agronomic prescription and comply with the conditions mentioned therein.
An agronomic justification including the information provided for in paragraphs 1 to 12 and 14 of section 74.1 must be obtained not later than 2 business days after the issue of the agronomic prescription. As regards paragraph 1 of section 74.1, the agronomic justification bears the number indicated in the agronomic prescription.
In addition, the farmer must keep the agronomic justification for a period of 5 years following the date on which the agrologist signed it. The farmer must send a copy to any person authorized by the Minister who so requests.