We outline the rules for agrichemical use, which is essential for farm, orchard and vineyard production, and eliminating spray drift.
The use of agrichemicals is essential to farm, orchard and vineyard production. However they need to be used safely and responsibly to protect human health and the environment.
Spray drift from both conventional and organic spray is an important issue especially in intensive horticultural producing areas such as the Heretaunga Plains. Spray drift can cause human health problems such as asthma, watery eyes and skin rashes and pollutes waterways.
Rules for the management of spray drift – both conventional and organic sprays - are contained in the Regional Resource Management Plan. Organic sprays are not exempt from Council rules.
Commercial operators need to comply with strict guidelines and be properly qualified/certified - the GROWSAFE© website for these requirements. Small block owners, lifestylers and home sprayers also must comply with these rules.
An experienced spray operator can significantly reduce spray drift. You may consider hiring a professional contractor to spray for you in tricky conditions or on larger areas.
Property Spray Plans are needed (by non-domestic applicators or when not using hand-held appliance) for properties where agrichemical is applied within 50m of a boundary more than twice a year. Their purpose is to get applicators to identify areas sensitive to spray and methods that will minimise spray drift. Hortplus have released (spring 2006) Spray Plan Manager, an electronic updatable property spray plan which meets Hawke's Bay Regional Council's property spray plan requirements. The software is freely available to all growers from the Spray Plan Manager Website.
For a list of certified contractors and pilots and for registered GROWSAFE© trainers contact GROWSAFE© (04) 472 9997 or access the GROWSAFE© website.
Sprayer Filler Pads are an area designed to collect any spillage of agrichemical mixtures and concentrates in sprayer filler areas.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council does not require sprayer filler pads to be installed. However every person still has a duty to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effect on the environment. Spray filling areas should not be near waterways, bores/wells or over the unconfined aquifer. If they are, filler pads are an excellent way to minimise risk to the environment.
The Agrichemical Sprayer Filler Pads info sheet below in related documents describes a best practice method of location and design of sprayer filler pads and is based on a guideline developed by GROWSAFE©.
Get rid of your unwanted agrichemicals safely and for free. Our agrichemical contractor collects in Hawke’s Bay every four months. Register for an agrichemical collection by contacting 3R Group or call them on 0508 374 768.
Based on the GROWSAFE© Code of Practice for the Management of Agrichemicals NZS 8409:1999, the related document below - Agrichemical Storage Checklist - is designed to assist farmers and growers to have a safe agrichemical storage shed. If you are storing large volumes of agrichemical also check HSNO requirements with your local council.
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