AU: Pesticide ban a national disgrace
Perth Hills fruit growers have called a ban on fruit fly pesticide fenthion a national disgrace.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) banned the use of fenthion on fruit last week over concerns it posed environmental and public heath risks. It granted a 12-month phase-out period as recommended by a Senate inquiry.
Hills Orchard Improvement Group (HOIG) spokesman Brett DelSimone said WA fruit growers faced devastating commercial losses to fruit fly.
The APVMA s arbitrary approach to science, Australia s agricultural future and the damage it causes to primary producers is a national disgrace, he said. The decision to ban fenthion took little notice of its safe record over decades of use in Australia.
Mr DelSimone said Hills growers produced $40 million worth of fruit for Perth annually.
Efforts to develop an effective alternative to fenthion were in progress but a result was still two to three years away.