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More Organic Pesticides 'Could Be Approved'

06 September 2010

AUSTRALIA – Australia's main pesticide regulator has reportedly hinted that it may approve more organic locust sprays if the industry were to submit a request.

This was reported by ABC News amid a national shortage of the only locust treatment approved for organic use, as eastern Australia prepares for its worst locust plague in three decades.

Alex Moore, a spokesperson for the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority, told the news provider that more sprays could potentially be given approval within days.

"If there's not enough of a particular product that can be used to control locusts from an organic perspective, then we're more than happy to issue an emergency permit if there's another product on the market that can be proved to be safe and effective to do so," he explained.

Mr Moore went on to say, however, that the group was yet to receive any requests for such permission to be granted.
Last week, fears that spur-throated locust plagues could ravage Queensland crops next year were subdued by early efforts by Biosecurity Queensland to eliminate the destructive pest.

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