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New national strategy to manage Australia's ag&vet chemicals.



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Media Release

 

Judith Troeth

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy

 

DPIE 98/32T

 

20 July 1998

 

NEW NATIONAL STRATEGY TO MANAGE AUSTRALIA'S AG&VET CHEMICALS

 

A new national strategy to manage agricultural and veterina ry (ag&vet) chemical use will help ensure Australia remains a leading producer and exporter of primary produce, the Parliamentary Secretary to Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, Senator Judith Troeth, said today.

 

Senator Troeth, who has responsibility for ag&vet chemicals in the Primary Industries and Energy portfolio, was speaking at the launch in Canberra today of Management of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals - a National Strategy.

 

"Consumers want to be confident the food and fibre they buy does not contain harmful chemical residues. They also want to be sure the use of ag&vet chemicals will not harm the environment or their health," she said.

 

"This Strategy was developed cooperatively by industry, government and public interest groups. It will help ensure we use our ag&vet chemicals in a way which minimises the risks to health, the environment and trade; encourages long-term sustainability in our agricultural sector and contributes to national prosperity."

 

It will look at issues such as:

 

• integrated crop and pest management;

• environmental contamination;

• worker safety;

• spraydrift; and

• the safety of the food supply.

 

"Many of the Strategy's components are already in place; however, there is a real need to bring them together under a more durable and coordinated national framework to ensure Australia achieves best practice management of its ag&vet chemicals."

 

Senator Troeth said the Strategy, which is being published and distributed on behalf of the Agriculture and Resource Management Council of Australia and New Zealand (ARMCANZ), encompasses a shared, national vision for the use of ag&vet chemicals.

 

Senator Troeth stressed the Strategy is a planning framework for action and does not seek to be prescriptive.

 

"The Strategy is designed to provide guidance and demonstrate how activities which involve the use of ag&vet chemicals affect the whole community," she said. "No organisation can implement this Strategy on its own. That task will need to be shared by all stakeholders and depend on their goodwill and their commitment."

 

Further inquiries:

 

Senator Troeth's office

Alex Staples (02) 6277 3002 or 0417 449 921

 

DPIE

Ray Jeffery (02) 6272 5686

 

 

 

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