Agrichemical use in all horticultural systems is required to achieve desirable production outcomes. It is important to understand what and why and also to measure and record the use of agrichemicals.
The kiwifruit industry follows best practice guidelines where fertiliser and chemicals are only applied when there are visible signs they are required. The “KiwiGreen” programme is an integrated pest management programme, where growers are asked to monitor their orchards and, depending on the level of a particular pest or disease, a spray may be applied to control that pest or disease.
This programme aims to eliminate the unnecessary use of chemicals, and ensures that when an agrichemical is required, the environmentally safest product is chosen.
All Regional Air Plans have rules relating to agrichemical use. To find out the agrichemical guidelines for your region visit: https://www.growsafe.co.nz/GrowSafe/Resources/Regional_plans/GrowSafe/Rsrc/Regional_plans.aspx
GROWSAFE is the brand of the New Zealand Agrichemical Education Trust, a not-for-profit organisation promoting the safe, responsible and effective use of agrichemicals.
The Zespri Crop Protection Standard is a more specific crop protection guide outlining what sprays can be used at what times. Under the Zespri Crop Protection Standard, if growers do not adhere to the rules outlined, their fruit may not be exported.
Click here to view the Zespri Crop Protection Standard Grower Manual on Canopy.
Any changes to the Crop Protection Standard come through NZKGI first before they go out to the wider population. NZKGI communicates the changes with growers and works with Zespri to ensure that standards are met according to what the consumers want.
Simon Cook is NZKGI’s Agrichemical representative and is available should you have any questions regarding spray practice. For more information, see the relevant documents below.
The kiwifruit spraying season begins from early August. Growers and their spray contractors are responsible for keeping sprays on the orchard and not allowing them to drift on to neighbouring properties. The kiwifruit industry won’t accept bad spraying practices and we encourage members of the public to lodge any spray complaints by calling the NZKGI hotline on 0800 232 505 or the Bay of Plenty Regional Council on 0800 884 883. Complaints will be investigated and may result in an infringement fine or prosecution.