Canegrowers back decision
CANEGROWERS have backed the decision of the chemical regulator to give itself more time to complete a robust scientific review of the evidence around use of the weed management chemical diuron.
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is an Australian Government authority established in 1993 to centralise the registration of all agricultural and veterinary chemical products in Australia.
Until the report is completed, growers have been given the green light to continue using diuron at the 1.8 kg/hectare rate from April 1 until the final decision is handed down - which is expected to be no later than November 30.
Mossman Canegrowers’ chairman Drew Watson said a temporary ban was placed on the use of diuron from November until last month, or for the wet season.
“At the time we argued strongly against this because if we had a late wet season, such as we did this year, then we could be spraying too late,” Mr Watson said.
“The major issue is that once we cultivate our paddocks we have to wait until they settle or for those farmers who have access to irrigation they can settle their paddocks by irrigating, while the rest of us have to wait until it rains.
“So this is why it is best left up to the farmers as to when to spray because they know best and they’re not wanting to do anything wrong or illegal because it’s simply not in their interest and they are careful to care for their land - we have too, it’s our livelihood.”
Canegrowers has not seen any credible evidence to suggest diuron levels at the rate presently used by growers is not safe, and will continue to rally for its use at this rate on the new label usage when it is released.