Huge slowdown in approvals for pesticides
ON-TIME approvals for pesticides have slumped to an all-time low of 24 per cent.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority’s latest performance results show the fourth consecutive slump in the number of pesticides approved by deadline.
The industry’s peak body, CropLife Australia, has blamed the drop from 82 per cent to 24 per cent in less than a year on the loss of key staff.
Chief executive Chris Parker has commissioned an independent review of the agency’s performance. APVMA has lost more than 50 of its 175-strong staff since last July and it has moved from Canberra to Armidale.