Our Pest Management Industry Development Officer, Janine Clark works to maintain access to chemicals for growers via off-label permits and label amendments. Growcom holds several hundred permits on behalf of Horticulture Australia Ltd (HAL), Ausveg and our members. This has enabled many new uses for growers and has increased their array of tools to combat pests in their industries.
Growcom has developed pest management strategy documents for 32 different industries, which were the forerunner to more current Strategic Agrochemical Review Process reports or SARPS produced by the HAL Minor Use Coordinator to enable a more planned and strategic approach to pest management to occur.
Janine has used Infopest since the 2000s in her work in developing Growcom’s first Pest Management Plan for the horticulture industry and in providing access to approved chemicals for horticulture growers via off-label permits and label amendments. The database is a vital industry tool which we have maintained for the benefit of industry.
Growcom uses its agri-political influence within the network of contacts which we have fostered within Biosecurity Queensland, Plant Health Australia and the federal Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry to ensure biosecurity issues are dealt with efficiently on behalf of growers.