Horticultural industries work together to minimise off-target movement of pesticides

- Kay Amesbury, Biosecurity Queensland

The working group, assisted by Biosecurity Queensland officers, an agency within Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), consists of mango, avocado, sugarcane, banana and lychee industry representatives, government agencies, local government, chemical suppliers and DAF horticultural advisers.

The objectives of the group are to inform chemical users of their responsibilities to the public, the environment, other agricultural and horticultural producers, food safety and protection of market access.

The focus will be on educating growers by providing them with chemical application (air and ground) information to draw upon. Particularly in regard to suitable weather conditions, equipment, awareness of sensitive areas, consideration for neighbours, and the regulatory responsibilities and requirements of Biosecurity Queensland, Queensland Health, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority.
Minimising off-target movement is an important part of using agricultural chemicals responsibly and Queensland’s agricultural chemical laws aim to reduce potential impact on human and animal health, trade and the environment.

This initiative will bring together all stakeholders with a view to sharing information and educating chemical users of their responsibilities to minimise off-target movement of pesticides and raise an awareness of the consequences of not doing so.
Chemical users should be aware of their obligations under the Chemical Usage (Agricultural and Veterinary) Control Act 1988, including compliance with all label instructions when applying agricultural chemical products.

For more information or to report chemical misuse, visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.