The ACFA is committed to doing whatever it can to try to change the mind of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Association (APVMA), regarding Diuron.
The federal body is proposing a restriction on the herbicide. Reducing the use of the herbicide, Diuron, on farms is a big blow to the Australian sugar industry.
It’s common knowledge that low rates of Diuron application lead to ineffective weed control and can lead to eventual weed resistance.
The Government’s proposed mandatory windows of application cause perverse outcomes where herbicide placement fails due to dry weather or placement on non-consolidated soil; reducing the effectiveness.
All farmers know that Diuron needs to be placed in the right soil conditions at the right time.
This policy will no doubt result in an increased cost to farmers, a virtual ban on effective herbicides & weed resistance pressure.
Pairing back the use of the key weed management tool so severely is effectively banning the tool on farms.
The new rate does not provide weed control for the sugar industry. It will be extremely difficult and expensive to effectively manage the broad weed spectrum in sugarcane.
It is another cost our growers can ill afford to take on especially after recent substantial hikes in electricity and water, both large costs to running a farming business, following the introduction of the carbon tax.
The ACFA will be meeting with industry leaders over the coming weeks to discuss the ruling.