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The strategic application of pesticides and fungicides is an important aspect of integrated pest and disease management (IPDM), and a key topic of the levy-funded national IPDM Field Day program.

Spray drift is an important issue that needs be considered in the process, and there is still time for growers to have their say on spray drift management.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is seeking stakeholder input on Stage 1 of the proposed approach to spray drift management, which aims to:

  • introduce refinements to buffer zone calculations;
  • provide clearer label instructions and increased flexibility for pesticide applications; and
  • support the use of drift reducing technologies (DRT).

Submissions are invited until 8 February 2019. Stage 1 of the proposed approach will then be finalised and made available on the APVMA website by 29 March 2019. Further consultation will occur prior to the introduction of stage 2.

Access more information on the spray drift management approach and submission process here.