AHB reads re­port as pest con­trol pos­i­tive

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

The An­i­mal Health Board says the En­vi­ron­men­tal Risk Man­age­ment Author­ity’s an­nual re­port on the aerial use of 1080 shows high stan­dards are be­ing ap­plied to pest con­trol op­er­a­tions.

A sig­nif­i­cant de­crease in in­ci­dents and com­plaints was recorded for the year ended De­cem­ber 31, 2009, with 17 in 2009, com­pared to 30 in 2008.

An­i­mal Health Board op­er­a­tional pol­icy man­ager Nick Han­cox said the drop in in­ci­dents re­ported by aerial op­er­a­tors and the pub­lic is en­cour­ag­ing as it high­lights an in­vest­ment in ‘‘get­ting it right’’ and work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘The re­port ac­knowl­edges that there is still room for im­prove­ment but the progress is ex­tremely pos­i­tive,’’ he said.

‘‘ERMA has shown lead­er­ship in provid- ing trans­parency for aerial pest con­trol and their an­nual re­port should fur­ther re­as­sure peo­ple that users are man­ag­ing risks ap­pro­pri­ately,’’ he said.

Re­search projects de­tailed in the an­nual re­port re­in­force the wide range of 1080 stud­ies. These in­clude al­ter­na­tive pest con­trol and im­prove­ments in 1080 use.

‘‘That ERMA can re­port on more than 60 re­search projects with al­most half of them ini­ti­ated in the past year is tes­ti­mony to New Zealand’s com­mit­ment to sci­ence,’’ Mr Han­cox said.

‘‘Con­tin­ued re­search is a fo­cus of the AHB’s man­age­ment of bovine tu­ber­cu­lo­sis. Re­search on new tox­ins, such as zinc phos­phide and sodium ni­trite, high­lights the on­go­ing in­tense ef­fort be­ing made to en­hance the pest con­trol tool­box,’’ he said.

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