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QTPA Member Alert | Record Fine for Chemical Spray Drift Prompts Warning to Farmers (8/10/2012)

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFFQ) advise of a:

Record Fine for Chemical Spray Drift Prompts Warning to Farmers

Farmers who spray their crops have been reminded of the need to follow best practice after a record fine of $20,300 was handed down in Childers Magistrates Court over a spray drift incident.

Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity General Manager Mark Panitz, from Biosecurity Queensland, urged users of agricultural chemicals to be particularly careful when using spraying techniques.

“The recent Childers court case is a timely reminder to farmers to take extra caution when spraying crops with chemicals.

“In this case, the application in unsuitable conditions resulted in the off-target movement of the spray onto a neighbouring tomato crop, causing more than half a million dollars in damage.

“As a result, the defendants were fined a total of $20,300 for using two herbicides contrary to label instructions and unlicensed aerial distribution on the part of the agricultural pilot.”

“Persons using agricultural chemicals must ensure they follow all label instructions. They must also take account of any specified downwind no spray zones and ensure application is undertaken in suitable weather conditions.”

Jim Vaughan

Chief Executive Officer


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