The Environmental Protection Authority is asking for submissions on an application to approve an insecticide called Vayego for use in New Zealand.
Any approval would be a world first for Vayego and its manufacturer, Bayer New Zealand, which is aiming to market its use to control coddling moth, leafrollers and other pests in apples and pears, stonefruit, and grapes.
The insecticide could also be used to treat cabbage white butterfly larvae, leaf miner, diamond back moth larvae, and other pests in vegetable and forage brassicas.
Public submissions form part of the authority’s assessment process for new hazardous substance applications that are publicly notified under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act.
Information provided is analysed and considered by a decision-making committee, which ultimately decides whether the substance can be imported or manufactured for use in New Zealand, and the controls (rules) that may be necessary to manage any environmental or human health concerns.
Submissions close at 5pm on 2 August 2018. They can be made HERE.
Source: Environmental Protection Authority