Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Report Provides Useful Benchmark: Minister

The Government would monitor the effects of new regulatory regimes on the provision of agricultural chemicals and the introduction of new plants and animals, Agriculture Minister Jim Sutton said today.

Mr Sutton said that to help that process the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry had commissioned a report which would act as a benchmark in assessing the effects of the implementation of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act and Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act.

The report, written by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, says there is a perception that there is a significant risk of a substantial increase in the cost of compliance on the industry.

It says there is a perception amongst agricultural chemical companies that the introduction of the HSNO Act substantially increases the chances that they will only introduce agricultural chemicals into New Zealand after most other developed countries have approved a product for use, thus denying access to agricultural users in New Zealand of that product when their competitors already have access to it.

This could lead to farmers and growers being forced to keep using more toxic "harder" chemicals because "softer" less toxic alternatives were not registered for use in New Zealand.

The composition of agricultural chemicals is changing over time, as the market demands "softer" and "softer" chemicals. The application of these products is typically part of an integrated pest management approach. The changes in pesticide use over the past decade are primarily due to changes in land use, cost effectiveness, and the adoption of Integrated Pest Management. This means more biological and less organophosphate and dicarboximide-based chemicals are used.

In world terms, the New Zealand market for agricultural chemicals is very small ? about 0.26 per cent of world demand. The pesticides and animal health markets in New Zealand are worth about $190 million and $170 million a year respectively.

Mr Sutton said the report was commissioned after concerns were raised that the HSNO Act may impede development and innovation in the sectors, as the costs associated with gaining approval for new products were regarded as prohibitive. MAF wanted a benchmark to monitor the implementation of both the HSNO and ACVM Acts against to provide early warning of any unintended consequences.

"This report was researched and written prior to the ACVM Act and hazardous substance sections of the HSNO Act starting on July 2 this year. It is therefore based on stakeholders' perceptions of the Acts, not on any operational experience.

"The terms of reference of this report were developed by MAF to provide a benchmark for future reports."

Mr Sutton said the issue was an important one, and MAF would continue to monitor the situation to see whether the speculative concerns and issues were borne out.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election