No sil­ver bul­let to re­place Methyl Bro­mide

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Growers Research -

THE RACE TO FIND AN EF­FEC­TIVE re­place­ment for Methyl Bro­mide to treat ex­port logs may have a lot longer to run, the For­est Grow­ers Re­search con­fer­ence in Christchurch was told.

Time is tick­ing. Methyl Bro­mide, which is used for fu­mi­gat­ing logs ex­ported to key mar­kets like China and In­dia, needs to ei­ther be re­placed by Oc­to­ber 2020, or a suit­able method found to re­cap­ture it and pre­vent it es­cap­ing into the at­mos­phere.

But, ac­cord­ing to Don Ham­mond, Chair­man of STIMBR, the or­gan­i­sa­tion charged with find­ing so­lu­tions for the Methyl Bro­mide conundrum, there is no re­li­able al­ter­na­tive or easy fix.

Methyl Bro­mide is still the most ef­fec­tive treat­ment and In­dia still wants New Zealand log ex­porters to con­tinue us­ing it and while China has ac­cepted some al­ter­na­tives, none are the com­plete an­swer. Un­for­tu­nately, there is no easy or cheap way to re­cap­ture all the Methyl Bro­mide fol­low­ing fu­mi­ga­tion, so other op­tions con­tinue to be ex­plored.

Mr Ham­mond says it is likely that a suite of al­ter­na­tives need to be em­ployed to suit dif­fer­ent mar­kets and dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances. In the mean­time, we should be en­gag­ing with our trad­ing part­ners to help find so­lu­tions.

NZL

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