The fruit fly treatments Dimethoate and Fenthion (D&F) are currently under review by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and it is anticipated that both chemicals will be banned for use in Australia.
AUSVEG will be undertaking a series of seminars as part of a road show to educate growers and suppliers on alternatives to D&F, including methyl bromide fumigation, cold disinfestation, baiting and trapping, irradiation and a systems approach. Leading scientists will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these alternative treatments.
Additionally, findings on recent market research activities which have been undertaken by AUSVEG will also be presented. These findings illuminate consumer attitudes towards the various D&F alternatives, and will allow growers to make informed decisions about the available alternatives.
Following the presentations, growers will have the opportunity to speak directly with the presenters informally over complimentary refreshments and finger food.
For further information and registration go to: http://ausveg.com.au/news/weekly%20update/March%202012/DF%20RoadShow%202012%20General%20LR.pdf