Huge slow­down in ap­provals for pes­ti­cides

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

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.

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