Sep 15 2014

Monthly Update - September 2014

Review of Organophosphates and Carbamates

Bee non-contact periods

Recently the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) notified us of a proposal to implement non-contact periods for certain organophosphate and carbamate plant protection substances in order to protect bees and other insect pollinators.  For the compounds of interest to Tomatoes NZ, the EPA is proposing non-contact periods* for methomyl and oxamyl of 8 and 10 days respectively.  Along with other industry groups Tomatoes NZ have engaged Market Access Solutionz to review the current use of methomyl and oxamyl and provide benefit and impact information to the EPA on the proposed non-contact periods. The submission will be based around proposing that current good agricultural practices used for these compounds in the greenhouse do not have adverse effects on bee or other insect pollinator health.

*Non-contact period - the period of time that must elapse between application of a substance onto a plant or tree, and when that plant or tree begins to flower.

Trade names of products that include the active ingredients listed above are

Methomyl: ORION, METHOMYL 200SL, DuPont, Lannate L insecticide

Oxamyl: DuPont Vydate L oxamyl insecticide/nematicide

 

Dichlorvos reassessment

The EPA are continuing the recent OPC reassessment process and are currently reassessing the use of dichlorvos.  Initially dichlorvos was included in in the OPC reassessment but it was withdrawn in May 2012 as this compound has some non-plant protection uses and could not be considered with the other OPCs.

Again, Tomatoes NZ is involved in providing use pattern and benefit information to the EPA ahead of the formal reassessment. A submission will then be made once the EPA issue their report. TomatoesNZ consider the use of dichlorvos to be critical in production of greenhouse tomatoes.  Trade names of products with dichlorvos as an active ingredient are Nuvos and Divap.

 

TomatoesNZ Website

The TomatoesNZ website is being redeveloped with a view to making it more user  friendly, more appealing and more informative.  Once the new website is launched passwords will be reset to email addresses for those with email addresses.  TNZ members will be notified when this change is due to take place and also be given confirmation of passwords. 

If you think we may not have your most current email address or do not have an email address for you at all please contact Lynda Banks on 04 494 9981 or email Lynda.Banks@hortnz.co.nz.    

 

Government Industry Agreements (GIA) – What next?

At the recent AGM, TNZ members have gave mandate to pursue signing the GIA Deed which includes closer engagement between MPI and industry on improving biosecurity systems, joint decision making on preparing for and responding to pest/disease incursions and sharing the costs of these activities between Government and Industry.

In order to sign the GIA Deed an organisation must be a legal entity.  Currently TNZ is not a stand-alone legal entity and effectively operates like a ‘branch’ of HortNZ.  As the most appropriate type of legal entity for TNZ to become is an Incorporated Society we are currently working through the details of this.  The TNZ committee are of the opinion that becoming an Incorporated Society is not in any way a means of dissociating TNZ from HortNZ and the current relationship will be maintained.  Once the Incorporated Society has been formed an application is then made to the minister to sign the GIA Deed. 

There are still some major and complex decisions to be made going forward with regard to GIA such as industry versus government portion of cost sharing, how industries are valued and the subsequent apportionment of costs between them and details of any Operational Agreements (OA’s) with regard to specific pest incursions.  We are part of these discussions and will keep you informed of further details as they are finalised.  

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