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The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has updated the following permit to allow minor use of the agvet chemical product  Pyraclostrobin + Metiram (Aero), for control of Anthracnose on olives:

PER87332 replaces PER14908, which will now be surrendered.

Conditions of use 

Product to be used: Aero Fungicide (59616)
Containing: 550g/kg Metiram and 50g/kg Pyraclostrobin as the only active constituents.

Critical use comments: 

  • apply a maximum of two (2) foliar applications per season by calibrated air-blast sprayer, using a minimum 21 day interval between consecutive sprays;
  • apply in sufficient water volume to ensure thorough coverage;
  • the use of an appropriate wetting agent is recommended to improve the spread of the chemical over the leaves and fruit, and subsequent adherence. Be guided by the label of the active chemical and the label of the wetting agent;
  • apply the treatment preferably before the disease infects the trees. This will depend upon whether the olive grove is in a susceptible area (e.g. experiences summer rains) and the season (unseasonal humid and moist conditions). Spraying prior to flowering is a good guide, and again just after fruit set. Protect the remaining periods with copper sprays if required.

Withholding period: 

Harvest: DO NOT harvest for 21 days after application.

Grazing: DO NOT allow stock to graze on treated areas.

Jurisdiction: 

All States and Territories except VIC.

Note: Victoria is not included in this permit, as their Control-of-Use legislation does not require a permit to legalise this off-label use in this state.

Residues and export:

To allow produce from treated plants to be supplied or otherwise made available for consumption, the APVMA has established Temporary Maximum Residue Limits (TMRLs) forPyraclostrobin and Metiram in olives:

These limits only apply to produce marketed and consumed within Australia.

Further permit details can be obtained by downloading the permit from the APVMA website here.

Note: users are advised that while the pesticide can be applied legally under the APVMA minor use permit, there can be a significant delay until the MRL gazetted by the APVMA is adopted in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. 

Until this occurs the MRL may not be recognised and a zero tolerance may be imposed for residues of the pesticide resulting from its use according to the APVMA permit. 

Please be aware that in the absence of an MRL in the Food Standards Code, the use of the pesticide according to the permit may result in the suspension of the produce in the marketplace. Please check the FSANZ website or the Australian Government ComLaw website to confirm if there are MRL established by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

This permit update has been facilitated through the ongoing strategic investment project Olive industry minor use program (OL16000), funded by Hort Innovation using the Olive Fund research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.