This survey is open until 28 February, 2020

The minor use program through Hort Innovation, initiated the Strategic Agrochemical Review Process (SARP) to give strategic direction to the minor use program investments and have also played a pivotal role in the successful development and delivery of the Plant Industries AgChem Access Priorities Annual Forum.

Increasing access to agricultural chemicals is the focus of the AgChem Access Priorities Forum (Forum), a collaborative process that has been held for the past four years. The forums are funded by plant-based Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) and CropLife Australia. The Forum aims to promote information sharing, industry prioritisation and coinvestment opportunities for supporting applications for AgChem uses. The Forum held in October 2018 was the fourth time the forum has been run and was again successful in facilitating interaction between the RDC’s, users of AgChem technologies and Chemical Companies.

At the Forums, plant-based RDCs, APVMA and commercial chemical registrants come together to deliver a cross-industry agreed list of priority needs and solutions for uses of agricultural chemicals. Each plant-based RDC, in consultation with industry, puts forward the top five pest priorities for which chemical solutions are sought for each crop. Chemical registrants have the opportunity to suggest solutions and comment on options proposed by industry. The Forum facilitates discussion between industry representatives and chemical registrants, where opportunities to improve access to agricultural chemicals can be identified.

This review process provides horticulture industries with sound pesticide options for the future that the industry can pursue for registration with the chemical companies, or minor-use permits with APVMA for clearly identified crop protection needs.

The olive industry SARP was last updated in 2015. This SARP process will identify and update diseases, insect pests and weeds of major concern to the olive industry. Against these threats, available registered or permitted pesticides will be evaluated for overall suitability in terms of IPM, resistance, residues, withholding period, efficacy, trade, human safety and environmental issues. Where tools were unavailable or unsuitable, the process aimed to identify potential future solutions.

The purpose of the 2020 SARP survey is to identify the Olive Industry's priorities and provide comment on priority pests (diseases, insects & weeds).

Prioritisation of the major pests into high, moderate and low categories will identify the Olive Industry's priorities and help determine the highest priority gaps in the olive pest control strategy.

This project (MT19008) has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the almond, avocado, banana, blackberries and raspberries, blueberries, lychee, macadamia, olives, onions, papaya, passionfruit, stonefruit (summerfruit) and strawberries research and development levies and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.

If you have any questions about this survey please contact:
Doug McCollum, E: doug@agkservices.com.au

The Hort Innovation R&D Manager of Strategic Crop Protection is:
Jodie Pedrana, E: jodie.pedrana@horticulture.com.au

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