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Insecticide Approved For Canola Moths

26 August 2010

AUSTRALIA – Farmers of canola on the Lower Eyre Peninsula in the South Australia state have been granted a permit to use horticultural insecticides on their crops.

According to ABC News, the licence has been approved to help canola growers combat the devastating diamondback moth pest, currently threatening to ravage oilseed fields in the area.

Mark Modra, chairperson of the Lower Eyre Agricultural Development Association, told the news provider, however, that farmers would need to abide by a strict set of rules when applying the insecticide.

"If we misuse this product and we don't adhere to the withholding period, then we potentially stuff up not just the canola industry on lower Eyre Peninsula or even Australia, but other chemicals that need to be released in emergency type situations, whether it be wheat, barley or any other crops," he said.

Mr Modra added that the group was therefore "very aware" of the need for the industry to approach the problem carefully and with the rules in mind.

Meanwhile, the ABC has reported that Biosecurity Queensland has announced the launch of a new website to provide Queensland's farmers with the latest information on its ongoing locust infestation.

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