Hydrogen cyanamide is a plant growth regulator widely used in the kiwifruit industry to promote the growth of shoots, or ‘bud break’, in a controlled manner. Hydrogen cyanamide is the active ingredient in products such as Hi-Cane.
The EPA is reassessing the use of hydrogen cyanamide. The EPA website provides comprehensive information on the reassessment process and timeline, the submissions lodged, the science reports and procedural directions for the hearing here.
The hearing was initially planned to commence on 6 March 2023. However, on 14 February 2023 the New Zealand government declared a National State of Emergency due to the considerable impacts of cyclone Gabrielle in the upper North Island. As a result the Decision Making Committee acknowledged the potential impact of the severe weather events on the ability for submitters to meaningfully participate in the hearing process and the hearing was postponed. The EPA has published an updated reassessment application timeline and the hearing has now been tentatively scheduled to take place from 26 February to 1 March 2024. Submitters are required to provide a final witness list by 26 January 2024 (if applicable). The last date for submitting information to be presented at the hearing is 12 February 2024 (10 working days before hearing). The EPA will publish the hearing notice and hearing schedule on 12 February 2024 (10 working days before the hearing). The EPA will continue to publish updated Directions and Minutes on the website, and you can find the most up to date information here.
NZKGI’s submission provides information regarding the importance of Hydrogen Cyanamide to the industry here.
Zespri has also lodged a submission here.
This page will be updated as more information becomes available.