The Environmental Protection Authority is inviting submissions on an application to import for release the fungicide, KUSABI, for the control of powdery mildew.
The active ingredient in KUSABI – pyriofenone – is a new active ingredient to New Zealand.
The applicant, ISK New Zealand Limited, wants to import KUSABI for use in the control of powdery mildew in grapes, apples and curcubits (a family of plants that include pumpkins, cucumber and courgettes).
The fungicide would be applied using an airblast sprayer on grapes and apples, and by aerial or ground-based broadcast sprayer for curcubits.
KUSABI is currently approved for similar uses in a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada and the United States.
This application is being publicly notified to enable people to provide us with information they believe we should be aware of, such as beneficial or adverse effects additional to those the applicant has described.
Submissions close on June 18 at 5pm.
Source: Environmental Protection Authority