2014 NWPPA Annual Meeting
The 2014 National Working Party for Pesticide Applications (NWPPA) Annual Meeting was held on Thursday 29 May at the Federal Golf Club in Canberra.
Dr Donald Ward, Manager, AgVet Chemical (Domestic and International) with the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, provided an update on Council of Australian Governments and other AgVet chemical reforms. Dr Jason Lutze, Director, Pesticides Residues, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), outlined the reforms that are currently underway within APVMA, and Mr David Rumbold, Spray Review Officer (APVMA), provided an update on the spray drift policy review.
Dr Andrew Hewitt, then provided an update on research currently being undertaken by the University of Queensland using the wind tunnel research facility at Gatton and the work being undertaken on behalf of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation on a Viticulture Field Trial Program investigating the field performance of sprayers. Mr Nicholas Woods from the NWPPA Secretariat followed with a detailed update on the other research projects endorsed by the NWPPA.
Mr Matt Kealley, Manager, Environment, Canegrowers, outlined the work done by the sugar industry in Queensland to develop and implement the Smartcane Best Management Practice with consultants Mr Trevor Ranford and Mr Guy Rischmueller providing their views on the need for changes in training for pesticide applications.
The meeting finished with Dr Rohan Rainbow, Managing Director, Crop Protection Australia, providing an outline of the work that he was doing to coordinate actions in relation to minor use permits for pesticide product registration.