The now former Minister for Agriculture, Leon Bignell recently responded to Riverland Wine’s letter raising concerns about spray drift damage in the region. He advised that as a result of our concerns, there will be a meeting between the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and national and state regulators to identify action to deal with the problem. The issue was also discussed at a recent Agvet Chemical Task Group meeting.
The former Minister has asked Biosecurity SA to prepare an action strategy for the incoming government, following the State election last weekend. As a result of this, Biosecurity SA is hosting a roundtable forum at the Loxton Research Centre next Wednesday, March 28 2018 to discuss the ongoing spray drift problem in the Riverland. Participants will include affected growers, viticulturists, chemical resellers and representatives from Riverland Wine management committee members and staff, Lowbank Ag Bureau, Loxton broadacre producers, GRDC, Grain Producers SA, Primary Producers SA, and PIRSA. The purpose of the forum is to discuss the problem, define responsibilities and agree actions to reduce risks and damage for the 2018/19 summer.
Agreed outcomes and actions will be reported in the roundup following the forum.