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APVMA moves quicker following request

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has successfully intervened to secure the resumption of a chemical used on canola crops. “The temporary registration of Affirm, the Syngenta chemical used to control Diamondback Moth in canola, expired on June 30,” he said. “The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority’s (APVMA) temporary registration giving growers a 28 day withholding period then reverted back to a 49 day withholding period thus making it unusable for later season canola.

“I have growers who have some of the best canola crops they have had for years who could not spray because of this hold-up in the re-registration and a more sensible withholding period. “These moths devastate crops and result in significant yield reduction.”

Mr Ramsey said after being contacted by growers he contacted the APVMA and asked them to fast-track the application approval. “The testing and research supporting a 14-day withholding period had been completed by Sygenta in preparation of the June 30 deadline,” he said. “The approval application was lodged with the APVMA and met the criteria for re-registration. “But I understand the application had been held up in the queue while industry was consulted more broadly resulting in the temporary registration expiring. “Meanwhile growers were becoming increasingly concerned. “I have now been advised the approval has been given and growers can expect to be able to resume spraying tomorrow, which is a great result.”

Elliston canola grower Jim Bascomb said the situation was looking dire.

“With a 14 day withholding period we can ensure we are on top of any infestations before we windrow the canola,” he said. “An infestation of this moth can easily destroy up to 80% of the crop and we needed to be able to spray now so we can kill all the grubs before they can do real damage.

“We are looking at some of the best-looking canola ever, it would have been heartbreaking to see it destroyed by the moths due to red tape. “I am extremely relieved approval has been given and appreciate Rowan’s intervention.”

Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744 September 11, 2013