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Agricultural organisations join to promote bee safety

Agricultural organisations join to promote bee safety

Aerial and ground sprayers can protect bees from unintended exposure to agrichemicals, by following some simple rules. Responsible use of products is the driver for releasing the bee responsible campaign by Agcarm, NZ Aviation in Agriculture, and Rural Contractors New Zealand today.

“Bees are extremely good pollinators of crops, so contribute substantially to New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy,” says Agcarm chief executive Mark Ross.

He adds that agrichemicals are vital for ensuring the security of our food supply and, when used responsibly, “pose no threat to our bee population.” But “we must remain vigilant and address any potential risks to our bees.”

The campaign is being promoted during September to coincide with Bee Aware Month as well as the peak sale of agrichemicals. “Although the message is always relevant,” says Ross.

“It’s important for manufacturers’ of agrichemicals to have clear label statements regarding safety precautions for their products, including describing how to protect our pollinators – like our members do,” adds Ross.

Rural Contractors New Zealand chief executive Roger Parton emphasizes the importance of adequate training for people applying agrichemicals.

“Correct application is as important as using the correct agrichemical,” says Parton. He advises using registered chemical applicators for spraying to ensure the safety of bees and people.


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