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Minor use permits

Minor use permits for the blueberry industry

Publication date: 30 August 2021

The Hort Innovation Blueberry Fund supports the submission of applications for new and renewed minor use permits for the industry, as well as data generation activities to support chemical permits and registrations, and strategic agrichemical reviews. Together these efforts provide industry access to safe, relevant and effective chemicals for the management of pests, weeds and diseases.

Current minor use permits

PER90027

Alpha-Cypermethrin / Blueberries / Fruit fly

All

9-Oct-20

31-Oct-23

Australian Blueberry Growers’ Association

(ABGA)

C/Wollongbar

PER84972

Bifenthrin / Rubus spp., Ribes spp. (not including currants), and blueberries / Monolepta beetle, plague thrips and elephant weevil

All

(Exc Vic)

12-Feb-18

28-Feb-23

Raspberries and Blackberries Australia (RABA)

PER82986

Version 2

Boscalid and Pyraclostrobin (Pristine Fungicide)

Rubus and Rubus hybrids (field and protected) / Grey mould, Anthracnose, Alternaria leaf spot and fruit rot, Leaf spot and blotch, Monilinia blight, Phomopsis, Powdery mildew and (Rust - suppression only) Blueberries – (field and protected) / Grey mould, Anthracnose and suppression of rust

All States

25-Aug-17

31-Aug-24

Hort Innovation

PER14234

Version 2

Botanical oil (Eco-oil) / Blueberries, Rubus spp. and Ribes spp. / Two-spotted mite

All

10-Sep-13

31-Aug-23

RABA

C/Hort Innovation

PER14309 Version 2

Chlorothalonil/ Blueberries/ Grey mould, rust and Downy mildew

All

27-Aug-13

30-Sep-21

ABGA

C/Hort Innovation

PER90666

Chlorpyrifos (Suscon blue and Suscon green) soil insecticide / Blueberries / Scarab beetle

All

6-May-21

31-May-24

ABGA

 

PER84176

Version 2

Copper / Blueberries / Anthracnose and Blueberry Rust

All

(excl Vic)

21-Dec-17

31-Dec-25

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER84178

Chlorantraniliprole (Coragen) / Blueberries / Lepidopteran pests

All States

31-Oct-17

30-Nov-22

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER89281

Chlorantraniliprole (Coragen/Altacor Hort Insecticide) Blueberry / Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda)

All

(excl Vic)

13-Mar-20

31-Mar-23

Hort Innovation

PER84891

Cyprodinil and fludioxonil (Switch) / Blueberries / Grey mould and anthracnose

All

(excl Vic)

29-Jan-18

31-Jan-23

ABGA

C/Hort Innovation

PER12219

Version 4

Dichlobenil (Casoron 4G Herbicide) / Blueberries / Specified weeds

All States

(Exc. Vic)

05-Apr-12

31-Mar-22

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER13859

Dimethoate / Orchard cleanup - fruit fly host crops following harvest / Fruit fly

All

9-Feb-15

31-Jul-24

Growcom

PER88174

Dimethoate / Blueberries / Queensland fruit fly

Qld Only

25-Jul-19

31-Jul-24

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER82601

Version 2

Dithianon (Dragon 700 WG Fungicide) / Blueberries / Blueberry rust excludes covered or protected cropping situations

All

(excl Vic)

26-Jul-17

31-Jul-22

ABGA

C/Hort Innovation

PER85422

Emamectin (Proclaim Opti) / Blueberries / Lepidopteran pests

All

(excl Vic)

26-Mar-18

31-Mar-23

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER89285

Emamectin (Proclaim Opti Insecticide) Blueberries

Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda)

All

Exc’l Vic

16-Mar-20

31-Mar-23

Hort Innovation

PER86213

Ethephon / Blueberry, Rubus and Ribe spp. / Promoting uniform maturity

NSW only

5-Dec-18

31-Dec-21

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER86489

Fenhexamid (Teldor) / Blueberries / Grey mould

All

(excl Vic)

25-Jan-19

31-Jan-24

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER86586

Fluazifop-P (Fusilade Forte) / Blueberries / Weeds per label

NSW, ACT, NT, SA, TAS & WA

14-Aug-18

31-Aug-23

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER87902

Glufosinate-Ammonium (Basta) / Blueberries / Annual broadleaf and grass weeds

(Use now registered permit to be surrendered)

 

All States

(Exc Vic)

3-Jul-19

31-Jul-24

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER12534

Version 4

Imidacloprid / Blueberry / Scarab beetle larvae

 

All

(Excl. Vic)

01-Nov-12

31-Oct-25

ABGA

C/Hort Innovation

PER13289

Version 4

Indoxacarb (Avatar) / Blueberries and Rubus spp. / Light brown apple moth and elephant weevil borer (field and protected grown)

All

31-Oct-12

31-Aug-23

RABA

C/Hort Innovation

 

PER89278

Indoxacarb (Avatar Insecticide) / Blueberries /Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda)

All

Exc’l Vic

13-Mar-20

31-Mar-23

Hort Innovation

PER82024

Version 2

Metham / Blueberry and Rubus / Weed seeds and soil borne pathogens

All

1-Feb-16

31-Mar-26

Hort Innovation

PER87495

 

Methomyl / Blueberries / Red-shouldered leaf beetles, Helicoverpa sp., Plague thrips

 

QLD, TAS, SA, VIC, ACT, and NT only

9-Feb-21

28-Feb-24

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER89293

Methomyl / Blueberries /Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda)

All

Exc’l Vic

10-Apr-20

30-Apr-23

Hort Innovation

PER89523

NOGALL / Blueberries / Crown gall

All

(Excl’ Vic)

25-Sep-20

30-Sep-23

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER14740

Version 2

Propiconazole (Tilt 250 EC) / Blueberries / Rust (Pucciniastrum vaccinii)

ACT, NSW, WA, QLD, SA, TAS

1-Jul-14

30-Jun-24

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER80070

Version 2

Pyrethrin (Pyganic Organic Insecticide) / Rubus Ribes and Blueberry / Monolepta Beetle, Green Vegetable Bug and Green stink bug

All States

18-Aug-15

31-Oct-25

ABGA

C/Wollongbar

PER13958

Version 5

Pyrimethanil, captan, metalaxyl, metalaxyl-m, mancozeb, triadimenol, phosphorous acid / Rubus, ribes and blueberries / Various fungal blights

All

(Exc Vic)

01-Apr-13

31-Aug-25

Hort Innovation

PER13955

Sodium Metabisulphite (Sulphur Dioxide) / Blueberries / Botrytis cinereal

All

(excl Vic)

1-Apr-13

31-Mar-23

ABGA

C/AgAware

PER87408

Spinetoram (Success Neo) / Strawberries, Rubus and Rubus hybrids and Blueberries / Fruit fly (Suppression only)

All

(Excl. Vic)

15-Apr-19

30-Apr-24

Hort Innovation

PER89241

Spinetoram / Berry fruit / Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda)

All

(excl Vic)

6-Mar-20

31-Mar-23

Hort Innovation

PER89870

Spinosad (Entrust Organic) / Various including Berry fruit / Fall armyworm

All

(Excl’ Vic)

21-Jul-20

31-Jul-23

Hort Innovation

PER82607

Spirotetramat (Movento) / Blueberries / White scale wax

(Bayer Registration Pending Jun-22)

All

(excl Vic)

27-Aug-17

30-Nov-21

ABGA

C/Hort Innovation

PER12486 Version 6

Trichlorfon / Strawberries, blueberries and Rubus spp. / Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly

ACT, NSW, NT, WA, QLD, SA

06-Oct-11

31-Mar-26

Hort Innovation

Why minor use permits?

Even as pest management practices and the crop protection marketplace change – being influenced by a range of factors, from environmental considerations to consumer demands – growers of horticultural crops require access to safe and effective chemicals for strategic use. But sometimes a lack of access to registered crop protection products can be encountered.

The problem may be that while a relatively small crop area is valuable in an agricultural sense, it may not be of sufficient size for agrichemical companies to justify the expense of registering a product use on that crop. Alternately, the disease, pest, or weed problem may be regional or spasmodic, meaning agrichemical companies are less inclined to bear the initial high cost of registering a suitable chemical product.

Enter minor use permits. The APVMA’s national permit system adds some flexibility to the approval process and provides a legal framework to allow growers access to products for ‘minor use’ purposes.

What about pesticide data generation?

The generation of pesticide residue, efficacy and crop safety data is required to support label registration and minor use permit applications that are made to the APVMA. Hort Innovation’s data generation work is supported by assistance grants, which Hort Innovation seeks on behalf of industry through the Australian Government’s Access to Industry Uses of Agricultural and Veterinary (AgVet) Chemicals program.

Details on data generation investments relevant to the blueberry industry can be found in the Your investments section of this website, or by using the ‘Related projects’ section of this page.

Related information and resources

Strategic Agrichemical Review Processes (SARPs)

SARP reports are funded by Hort Innovation to investigate pest problems, agrichemical usage and pest management alternatives for horticulture industries across Australia. The results provide a clear view of gaps in existing pest control options, and are intended to assist each industry with agrichemical selection and usage into the future – that is, they provide direction for the industry to pursue for chemical registrations with agrichemical companies, or minor use permits with the APVMA.

The current SARP report for the blueberry industry is available to download here. It was released in 2020.

This report is not a comprehensive assessment of all pests and control methods used in the industry, but attempts to prioritise the major problems.

Ag Chemical Updates

Hort Innovation distributes Ag Chemical Updates for the Australian horticulture industry, as part of the project Regulatory support and coordination (pesticides) (MT20007) and formerly, Regulatory support and coordination (pesticides) (MT17019) . These updates provide information on any developments in regulatory oversight of relevant chemicals, and are an opportunity for industry to consider and develop responses to issues arising from actions proposed that may impact on grower ability to access and use needed products. Ag Chemical Updates can be accessed from their dedicated page here. 

Non-performance reporting form

You can access the Non-Performance Reporting Form for Horticultural Pesticides here. This form should be completed when an adverse experience occurs as a result of using a minor use permit. A 'non-performance' is an unintended or unexpected effect on plants, plant products, animals, human beings or the environment, including injury, sensitivity reactions or lack of efficacy associated with the use of an agricultural chemical product(s) when used according to permit or label directions.

Permits, maximum residue limits and the food standards code

Users are advised that while a product can be applied legally under an APVMA minor use permit, there can be a significant delay until the maximum residue limit (MRL) gazetted by the APVMA is adopted in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Until this occurs, the MRL may not be recognised and a zero tolerance may be imposed for residues of the pesticide resulting from its use according to the APVMA permit.

Please be aware that in the absence of an MRL in the Food Standards Code, the use of the pesticide according to the permit may result in the suspension of the produce in the marketplace. Please check the FSANZ website or the Australian Government ComLaw website to confirm if there are MRLs established by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.