The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has given approval, with controls, for Bayer New Zealand Ltd’s application to import and manufacture Conviso One for release.
The post-emergence herbicide was designed for use on tolerant beet varieties and requires less applications while also being safer for those using it and the environment than some other chemistry.
Federated Farmers put in a submission supporting Bayer and the approval of the herbicide when the application was open for consultation during August to October 2022. We then appeared at the EPA hearing on the 9th November and spoke about the importance of having better chemistry like Conviso One in the country for farmers and growers so they have the correct tools to keep production up while doing what they can for the environment and their health and safety. We also spoke of the importance of having better chemistry for winter grazing crops like beet.
This is because there is about 55,000 hectares of beet grown in New Zealand. It makes up 30% of dry matter produced in the South Island which means this is an extremely significant crop for agricultural systems. Some of the rules put in place with the approval of Conviso One are as follows:
• There is a maximum application rate of twice per year, using a restricted amount.
• There are buffer zones for waterbodies and non-target plants.
• There are wind speed and use restrictions.
• There are additional label statements for site specific considerations.
More information on the EPA’s decision can be found on the EPA website. You can scroll down to documents relating to Conviso One Application and click on that to then be able to look at further information for the application, including our submission.