Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Spray season begins for kiwifruit growers

Spray season begins for kiwifruit growers

4 August 2014

The spray season for kiwifruit growers starts this month, and Bay of Plenty Regional Council is working with the industry to minimise spray drift.

Hydrogen Cyanamide, known by the brand name Hi Cane, is sprayed on kiwifruit vines to increase the number of fruit on the vines, promote bud break and ensure earlier and shorter flowering.

In recent years the Bay of Plenty Spray Focus Group, which includes representatives of kiwifruit marketer Zespri, NZ Kiwifruit Growers Inc, Kiwifruit Vine Health, the public and Regional Council staff have worked to reduce the effects of sprays on the community by using best practice spraying methods.

The kiwifruit industry has also made it compulsory for growers to use low-drift technology when spraying.

Chair of the Group, Senior Regional Council Pollution Prevention Officer John Morris said last spray season the Council received 22 Hi-cane related complaints.

“This was a great result, considering we have thousands of hectares of orchards sprayed annually. We really hope this continues this season,” he said.

“I believe this was a direct reflection on the efforts that everyone has put in over the years since establishing the Spray Focus Group. It is also encouraging to see orchardists and concerned neighbours contacting the Regional Council to clarify and seek advice about spraying.

“All the good work over the past few years can be undone so we need to continue to strive for improvements,” he said.

“The Spray Focus Group would like to see everyone abiding by the Regional Air Plan Rules and adopting a best practice approach to the use of Hi Cane. It’s a timely reminder for orchardists and spray applicators to take extra care.”

Spraying close to schools, kohanga reo and other sensitive areas requires extra caution and communication was required.

Sprayers needed to make sure their notification list was updated.
Contractors and sprayers needed to take extra care, including considering increasing buffer zones when there were inadequate shelterbelts between property boundaries or public roads.

“If anyone is concerned about a neighbour spraying, contact the Regional Council’s Pollution Hotline on 0800 884 883. This is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Mr Morris said.

Honorary wardens provided by kiwifruit growers’ organisation NZKGI have been trained to investigate complaints immediately, and Rural Post delivery staff are also trained to recognise and report any problems.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Northland By-Election

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.

On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: On A Funeral In Asia, The Northland By-Election, And News Priorities

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key attend the state funeral on Sunday of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew? More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Not Flag-Waving; Flag-Drowning

The panel choosing the flag options has no visual artists at all. Now, I’ve kerned the odd ligature in my time and I know my recto from my French curve so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions before they get past their depth. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: No Public Submissions On International Government Procurement Deal

“The government is preparing to assent to the Government Procurement Agreement, a World Trade Organisation Treaty which opens up New Zealand Government contracts to foreign companies and closes the door on local businesses and their workers. However the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is refusing to take public submissions on the decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Pacific Spying

So New Zealand spied on its friends and allies in the Pacific – and has not only been passing on the results to the NSA, but has apparently passed on the details of the Pacific’s relations with Taiwan to our other best friends, the Chinese. On the side, the Key government has also been using the security services to gauge the chances of Trade Minister Tim Groser landing the top job at the WTO... More>>

ALSO:

State Housing Transfer: Salvation Army Opts Out

The Salvation Army has decided against negotiating with Government for the transfer of Housing New Zealand stock.
More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news