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The strategic levy investment project Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP) – Updates (MT19008) was undertaken to investigate the current pest problems, agrichemical usage and pest management alternatives for the olive industry across Australia.

A Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP), through the process of a desktop audit and industry liaison:

(i) assesses the importance of the diseases, insects and weeds (plant pests) that can affect a horticultural industry;

(ii) evaluates the availability and effectiveness of fungicides, insecticides and herbicides (pesticides) to control the plant pests;

(iii) determines any gaps in the pest control strategy; and

(iv) identifies suitable new or alternatives pesticides to address the gaps.

Alternative pesticides should ideally be selected to provide the benefits of:

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) compatibility
  • improved scope for resistance management
  • sound biological profile
  • residue and trade acceptance domestically and for export.

The results of this process will assist the olive industry with its agrichemical selection and usage in the future, providing sound information that the industry can pursue for registration with the manufacturer, or minor use permits with the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

The final SARP report for olives, completed in December 2020, is now available and can be downloaded here.