NEW training and reporting are being introduced to support best-practice application of ZP50 mouse bait products, to enhance grains industry productivity and sustainability.
Grain Producers Australia (GPA) southern director Andrew Weidemann says the new processes were part of an application to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to extend GPA’s industry emergency use permit.
“This permit was first delivered in May last year at the height of the mouse plague following industry collaboration, supported by targeted GRDC investment for growers and CSIRO research,” he says.
“This supported growers with timely access to the new ZP50 mouse bait product, supplied by the manufacturers included on this permit, which provides a double dose of zinc phosphide.
“With mice numbers still being reported in many grain producing regions, growers are continuing to demand this product as an important crop protection option, to prevent crop damage and losses.”
Andrew says with the support of mouse bait suppliers, GPA applied for an extension of the permit – now approved – to ensure this ongoing product demand can be met.
He says the new training and reporting processes had satisfied the APVMA’s requirements for permit holders to provide evidence of users complying with the permit conditions.