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New Zealand confirms azinphos phase-out

The New Zealand Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has confirmed the phase-out of the organophosphate insecticide, azinphos-methyl. Earlier this year, it called for a one-year phase-out for use on potatoes and a five-year phase-out for strawberries and summer fruit ( Agrow No 562, p 11). It has since decided to allow a five-year period for all three crops to allow time for the development of alternatives.



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