NZ Grower - - Election 2017 -

The Veg­etable Re­search & In­no­va­tion Board ini­ti­ated a long term Sus­tain­able pest and dis­ease man­age­ment pro­gram for the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor and a PGP fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion that is be­ing co­or­di­nated by Hor­ti­cul­ture NZ. If the PGP ap­pli­ca­tion is suc­cess­ful then this pro­gramme will reg­is­ter new prod­ucts to re­place those that are to be phased out. This $14.7m project spread over the next 7 years will ad­dress the long-term chal­lenges and de­velop a fu­ture strat­egy for grow­ers around crop pro­tec­tion com­pounds and re­sis­tance man­age­ment.

Veg­eta­bles NZ Inc. along with a num­ber of other fruit, veg­etable, arable and in­dus­try sec­tors are jointly pro­vid­ing sup­port fund­ing for the PGP pro­gram and if the ap­pli­ca­tion is suc­cess­ful it will seek to:

• De­liver ac­cess to a wider range of agri­chem­i­cals faster

• Man­age agri­chem­i­cal use to re­duce re­sis­tance

• In­cor­po­rate bio pes­ti­cides into pest man­age­ment pro­grammes

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