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Sitting writing yet another "Note from the Chairperson" brings home the reality of how quickly time is flying by as we are well into the second quarter of 2019. It must be true that as one gets older time goes quicker, or is it just me?

The change in season is evident as I travel around the KZN Midlands; brown stripes through the grassland where tracers have been sprayed heralds that another fire season is upon us, which leads me to my next point:

FSC® have once again surprised us, this time publishing the revised Pesticide Policy quicker than we originally anticipated. After a couple of read-throughs I have decided I still need time to digest the changes, so I will leave it to TIPWG secretariat Jacqui Meyer to share her thoughts on the new policy below. Thankfully the industry has a year in which to implement the new policy. This gives us time to take stock and then action!

On the international front, Bayer's shareholders meeting suggests all things Glyphosate related have not cooled down. The decision of Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) to permit the use of neonicotinoids has surprised many, especially in light of France's decision to ban them.

If you are looking for an interesting article, I urge you to read the "Biologicals" piece featured below. This seems to be the direction in which the world is moving, making the creation of the TIPWG IPM website page (currently under construction) even more relevant.  On the local front, I'm happy to say that TIPWG is now an Associate Member of CropLife SA. Read on for an introduction to CropLife South Africa and their role within the agro-chemical industry. As we've alluded to previously, a TIPWG magazine is in the pipeline - stay tuned!

Finally, thank you to those who attended the TIPWG feedback meeting in March and to Madumbi Sustainable Agriculture for hosting us at their premises in Hilton. Craig Norris delivered a great presentation covering the new SAFAS standard relating to pesticides and H&R Crop Oil gave an equally interesting presentation on their mineral oils plant in Durban and the future of plant extract oil for use as adjuvants.  

As always, I hope you enjoy the newsletter and remember to send any feedback so we can keep making it better.  

Yours in all things pesticide related,

Roger Poole

TIPWG Chairman

Whats New

 
Getting to know CropLife South Africa

In the light of newly released FSC® Pesticide Policy 2019, forming close ties with organisations like CropLife South Africa (CropLife) will become increasingly important.

To find out more about CropLife SA and we are forging better ties, click here.

www.croplife.co.za | +27 (0) 87 980 5163 | info@croplife.co.za


UPDATE: Pelargonic Acid (Scythe) | A possible alternative to Paraquat

As was mentioned at the last TIPWG meeting, due to the manufacturer changing the formulation of the product, bridging trials have to be done to compare the two formulations and determine whether or not the work done by Dr Keith Little can be submitted for registration.

TIPWG can confirm that the bridging trials are well under way, with the ones in George already been done; KwaZulu-Natal trials are progressing well. Roger will be visiting the two current trials in KwaZulu-Natal with Avima staff. An update will follow in the next newsletter.


Sitting writing yet another "Note from the Chairperson" brings home the reality of how quickly time is flying by as we are well into the second quarter of 2019. It must be true that as one gets older time goes quicker, or is it just me?

The change in season is evident as I travel around the KZN Midlands; brown stripes through the grassland where tracers have been sprayed heralds that another fire season is upon us, which leads me to my next point:

FSC® have once again surprised us, this time publishing the revised Pesticide Policy quicker than we originally anticipated. After a couple of read-throughs I have decided I still need time to digest the changes, so I will leave it to TIPWG secretariat Jacqui Meyer to share her thoughts on the new policy below. Thankfully the industry has a year in which to implement the new policy. This gives us time to take stock and then action!

On the international front, Bayer's shareholders meeting suggests all things Glyphosate related have not cooled down. The decision of Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) to permit the use of neonicotinoids has surprised many, especially in light of France's decision to ban them.

If you are looking for an interesting article, I urge you to read the "Biologicals" piece featured below. This seems to be the direction in which the world is moving, making the creation of the TIPWG IPM website page (currently under construction) even more relevant.  On the local front, I'm happy to say that TIPWG is now an Associate Member of CropLife SA. Read on for an introduction to CropLife South Africa and their role within the agro-chemical industry. As we've alluded to previously, a TIPWG magazine is in the pipeline - stay tuned!

Finally, thank you to those who attended the TIPWG feedback meeting in March and to Madumbi Sustainable Agriculture for hosting us at their premises in Hilton. Craig Norris delivered a great presentation covering the new SAFAS standard relating to pesticides and H&R Crop Oil gave an equally interesting presentation on their mineral oils plant in Durban and the future of plant extract oil for use as adjuvants.  

As always, I hope you enjoy the newsletter and remember to send any feedback so we can keep making it better.  

Yours in all things pesticide related,

Roger Poole

TIPWG Chairman

Whats New

 
Getting to know CropLife South Africa

In the light of newly released FSC® Pesticide Policy 2019, forming close ties with organisations like CropLife South Africa (CropLife) will become increasingly important.

To find out more about CropLife SA and we are forging better ties, click here.

www.croplife.co.za | +27 (0) 87 980 5163 | info@croplife.co.za


UPDATE: Pelargonic Acid (Scythe) | A possible alternative to Paraquat

As was mentioned at the last TIPWG meeting, due to the manufacturer changing the formulation of the product, bridging trials have to be done to compare the two formulations and determine whether or not the work done by Dr Keith Little can be submitted for registration.

TIPWG can confirm that the bridging trials are well under way, with the ones in George already been done; KwaZulu-Natal trials are progressing well. Roger will be visiting the two current trials in KwaZulu-Natal with Avima staff. An update will follow in the next newsletter.



NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
Biologicals in crop protection

Are they better than chemicals from a human health perspective?

This article caught our attention, perhaps more so as we had been focusing on the upcoming TIPWG IPM webpage.

Written by Harry Teicher for AgriBusiness Global, the article debates the commonly raised question "Are biologicals a better option than chemicals?" Their conclusion: "Yes - by almost every metric, also from a human health perspective." It is an interesting read, for anyone wanting to understand how they came to this - click here.

The glyphosate headache rumbles on for Bayer

Just when Bayer CEO Werner Baumann thought it couldn't get any worse on the glyphosate case, the second of 13,400 pending US lawsuits against glyphosate was awarded a staggering $80 million. He was dealt a slap in the face when a 55.5% majority of shareholders voted against the management body at the company's annual AGM. While the vote carries no consequences, it is a clear statement that disgruntled shareholders are not happy with the turn of events that have followed Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto last year. For more on this click here.

What about the bees?

Canada's pest management regulatory agency surprised many environmental bodies by announcing that three neonicotinoids will be permitted for use, although use will be heavily restricted - click here to read on.

Many expected Canada to follow in France's footsteps, being the first European country to ban all five neonicotinoids in an attempt to rescue the countries dwindling bee population.

New from TIPWG Powdery mildew and red spider mite are becoming an increasing problem in forestry nurseries, click here to find out how TIPWG and SGASA plan to address this.



FSC Pesticide Policy

After four years, and countless rounds of deliberations, the newly revised Pesticide Policy by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) has been published, a little earlier than expected!

So what does this mean for the forestry industry in South Africa?

The FSC® stamp has become the accepted ‘norm', rather than a mark that sets your brand above the rest, with consumers and retailers across the globe demanding certified wood. With 80% of South Africa's wood FSC certified, policy changes are almost certain to affect the sector.

This is why TIPWG secretariat and industry consultant Jacqui Meyer has been keeping abreast of the changes, representing both TIPWG and the industry during the stakeholder feedback sessions. TIPWG has been heavily involved in the formation, testing and development of the ESRA (Environmental and Social Risk Assessment) and IGIs (International Generic Indicators).

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We asked Jacqui the following questions:

  1. Why did the FSC's Pesticide Policy need updating?
  2. What is the problem with the 2005 hazard-based approach?
  3. Are there then no concerns regarding the revision of the pesticide policy by FSC®?
  4. How has the forestry industry been represented during the formulation of the new pesticide policy?
  5. Has the industry's voice been heard?
  6. What happens now?

To find out what Jacqui had to say click here.



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At the end of last year TIPWG modified the process for adding new products to our approved pesticide list (APL).

Prior to this change, our pesticide experts were inundated by individuals and companies attempting to get their latest products added to the list. Many of these were not targeted for forestry, or were not compliant with certification requirements. As a result, the addition of new forestry-beneficial products was delayed, as such applications were lost in the deluge.

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We have streamlined the process to ensure only products that will clearly benefit the sector are passed on to TIPWG experts:

1. New products can only be submitted by foresters or forestry companies. These submissions must be made to the TIPWG chairperson or secretariat, along with the:

a. Electronic Label
b. Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
c. Certificate of Analysis (CoA)

2. The TIPWG chairperson will pass these onto the TIPWG advisory body, which will decided if the product meets the basic requirements to go through the TIPWG approval process. Only then will it be passed on to the TIPWG expert.

a. Foresters or forestry companies with products that fail this review will be notified of the reason(s) why. This can subsequently be fed back by the applicant to the manufacturing company.

b. The TIPWG expert will then review each product application in accordance with the criteria laid out in the TIPWG APL infographic. Again, feedback will be provided to foresters and forestry companies regarding failed applications.

3. Only once the TIPWG expert is satisfied that the product complies with Act 36 of 1947, quality checklists and FSC® filters, will it be added to the TIPWG APL.

4. All new additions will be circulated to members.

These changes will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the TIPWG APL process, ensuring forestry-beneficial products that will improve productivity or reduce our environmental/human health footprint are processed faster and made available to members in a timely manner.

We thank you in advance for complying with these changes.

 

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Welcoming Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to the TIPWG website

IPM is becoming an ever-more integral part of plantation management, and agriculture in general, with national and international legislation, as well as certification bodies, requiring chemical control methods be placed within an IPM framework.

As a sector, the IPM approach has already been firmly adopted with careful deliberation to ensure chemical control methods really are a last resort. This is illustrated by the number of key industry pests that are controlled using a combination of approaches.

We have been slow in promoting this proactive approach towards IPM outside the sector. As a result, there is still a perception that our sector is ‘heavy-handed' when it comes to our chemical pesticide application.

We see this page as a chance to address this by actively promoting forestry's IPM approach and showcase the resulting success stories.

We are in the process of developing this page and will be sending out an internal ‘newsflash' once the page is live. Click here to see the page under construction.


The new TIPWG magazine - a deeper look

As we mentioned in our previous issue, TIPWG is looking at publishing a biannual digital-magazine that would:

  1. Provide a platform for publishing new pesticide-related research applicable to the forestry sector which doesn't fit traditional journals' strict criteria and therefore would be lost to the sector.
  2. Disseminate the findings of already published research, views and opinions to the industry in way that those without a scientific background can access the key messages.

The challenge is to strike a balance between a scientifically acceptable format and making the magazine attractive, digestible and interesting to the wider, non-scientific forestry audience who ultimately should be benefiting from this research.

In order to do this, we propose splitting the magazine into three sections, each with a separate look and feel. For more information, click here.

WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!

We are looking for feedback from FSA members on the proposed structure and the perceived need for a research platform/dissemination tool such as this. Please send all responses to Jacqui Meyer, TIPWG secretariat: info@tipwg.co.za

We look forward to hearing from you.

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