MAF funds research into pesticides

20 April 1999

Research to review trends in agricultural pesticides use in New Zealand has been commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and is now underway.

The research will provide current information on, identify trends in, and put systems in place to monitor, pesticides use.

New Zealand does not have a system in place to gather detailed statistics on pesticides use. The last systematic study of pesticides use patterns in New Zealand was carried out more than 10 years ago. Since then, heavily used pesticides such as 2,4,5T and phosmet have been de-registered, and new pesticides are in widespread use.

The research, once completed, will be used to help make policy decisions at the regional and national level, in areas such as introducing initiatives to reduce or eliminate dependence on pesticides, regulating the environmental and human health impact of pesticides, and the registration of pesticides.

MAF Senior Policy analyst Ian Cairns says the research will be particularly important in international trade negotiations where pesticide levels in primary produce can become an issue.

Identified trends in pesticides use are expected to reflect changes in land use and agricultural production, the registration status of particular pesticides, and producer initiatives to reduce pesticides use.

An important component of the research will be an analysis of pesticide data to be supplied by AGCARM, the organisation representing distributors of pesticides in New Zealand.

The research will be conducted by Horticulture & Food Research Institute of NZ Ltd. It is expected that the first stage of the report will be available to the public later this year.

For further information contact:
Ian Cairns, MAF Senior Policy Analyst, ph: 04 498 9862



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