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Minor use permit

Minor use permits for the summerfruit industry

Publication date: 1 May 2020

The Hort Innovation Summerfruit 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

Below is a list of minor use permits for the summerfruit industry, current as of 1 May 2020.

Hort Innovation updates this table on a quarterly basis for this website. In the meantime, minor use permit updates are circulated in our Growing Innovation e-newsletter, which levy-paying members receive monthly. Not a member? Sign up for free here. Permits are also searchable at any time on the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) website at portal.apvma.gov.au/permits.

Permit ID

Description

Date issued

Expiry date

Permit holder

PER12590 Version 4

Spinetoram (Delegate) / Pome fruit and stone fruit / Fruit fly (suppression only)

06-Oct-11

31-May-24

Hort Innovation

PER13527

Version 2

Clothianidin (Samurai) / Apricots / Oriental fruit moth

28-Jun-13

30-Jun-23

Summerfruit Australia Limited (SAL)

PER14562

Version 2

 

Thiacloprid (Calypso) / Pome fruit and stone fruit / Mediterranean fruit fly (WA only)

13-Dec-13

30-Sep-23

Hort Innovation

PER14875

Version 3

Alpha-cypermethrin / Stone fruit (except cherries) / Fruit fly (all species)

05-Sep-14

31-Oct-21

SAL

PER13859

Dimethoate / Orchard clean-up - fruit fly host crops following harvest / Fruit fly

9-Feb-15

31-Jul-24

Growcom
C/ Hort Innovation

PER14683

Version 2

Trichlorfon / Stone fruit and guava / Fruit fly

24-Feb-15

31-May-22

SAL

C/Hort Innovation

PER85380

 

Abamectin + chlorantraniliprole (Volium Targo Insecticide) / Stone fruit (except cherries) / Western flower thrips

06-Nov-17

30-Nov-20

SAL

C/Hort Innovation

PER84804

Spirotetramat (Movento) / Stone fruit / Western flower thrips

21-Jul-17

31-Jan-21

SAL

PER85273

 

Fosetyl (Aliette) / Apricot, peach, nectarine and plum / Phytophthora trunk and collar rot

23-Apr-18

30-Apr-23

SAL

C/Hort Innovation

PER89241

Spinetoram / Various including stone fruit / Fall armyworm

6-Mar-20

31-Mar-23

Hort Innovation

PER89259

Chlorantraniliprole (Coragen, altacor and altacor hort insecticide) / Stone fruit / Fall armyworm

6-Mar-20

31-Mar-23

Hort Innovation

PER89278

Indoxacarb (Avatar insecticide) / Apricot, nectarine, peaches and plums / Fall armyworm

13-Mar-20

31-Mar-23

Hort Innovation

PER89293

Methomyl / Stone fruit / Fall armyworm

10-Apr-20

30-Apr-23

Hort Innovation

Important: All efforts have been made to provide the most current, complete and accurate information on these permits, however you should always confirm all details on the APVMA website at portal.apvma.gov.au/permits. Details of the conditions of use associated with these permits can also be found on the APVMA site.

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.

The Summerfruit Fund project Summerfruit industry minor use permit program (SF16001) facilitates the submission of renewals and applications for these minor use permits as required.

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 summerfruit 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

Ag Chemical Updates

Hort Innovation distributes Ag Chemical Updates for the Australian horticulture industry, as part of the project 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.