Project 1.5.1

Collecting and disseminating information on agrochemicals

Project summary

This project provides accurate and timely information on regulatory and technical aspects of agrochemicals registered for use in Australian viticulture. It also provides information on the maximum residue limit (MRL) requirements of those chemicals in export markets. Lack of compliance with legislation and international trade requirements has the potential to present major barriers to trade. The resolution of trade issues will also be assisted through the collection and supply of data by this project.

The AWRI will continue to produce a list of Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) -registered agrochemicals (insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and plant growth regulators) for viticulture, with recommended withholding periods for grapes intended for wines which will be exported, in order to meet the most stringent international MRLs. Additional details about the ‘actives’ in agrochemical products will be sourced and captured in AWRI databases. Information will be made available to the Australian wine industry in hard copy, searchable online format, and via a smart phone app, and the content and delivery of those services will be enhanced.

A good working relationship will be maintained with chemical manufacturers and suppliers, and tools will be developed with these groups to facilitate the collection of information about agrochemical products.

Access to spray diary information from GrapeLink and GrapeWeb will enable the evaluation of product use and application practices, and will inform the prioritisation of discussions with industry and regulatory bodies. Those data, combined with data from the Entwine program, will be used to identify targeted training opportunities. The project will engage with regional associations and other stakeholders, to gain insights into the effectiveness of spray programs.