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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 “Pyrethrins (Pyganic Organic Insecticide)” for control of Olive Lace Bug (Froggattia olivinia) on olives:

Conditions of use 

Product to be used: Pyganic Organic Insecticide (APVMA No. 59684) plus other registered products.

Containing: 13 g/L Pyrethrins as the only active constituent.

Directions for use:

Critical use comments: 

  • Apply by calibrated air-blast sprayer or similar equipment when damaging levels of pest occur.
  • Apply sufficient water to provide adequate penetration and obtain thorough and uniform coverage of foliage. Avoid excessive run-off.
  • Apply a maximum of six foliar applications per crop at a minimum 14 day re-treatment interval.
  • Apply in accordance with the Resistance Management Strategy. To avoid the development of resistance, the product should be rotated with other approved insecticides from different chemical (MoA) groups. DO NOT apply more than two (2) consecutive sprays before changing to a different insecticide (MoA) group.

Note: Spring is the most effective time to control this pest. As eggs cannot be seen, monitor trees carefully to observe first nymphal instars. This will occur from early September in the northern areas of Australia to early October in the southern areas. For maximum impact, apply just before the oldest nymphs develop wings (approximately 10 days after hatching).

Withholding period: 

Harvest: DO NOT harvest for one (1) day after application.

Dangerous to bees: DO NOT spray any plants in flower while bees are foraging. When applying to plants in flower apply early evening or dusk only after bee foraging has ceased.

Jurisdiction: 

All States and Territories.

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

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.