A new fungicide AMICUS

We sought your views on an application to introduce a new fungicide AMICUS into New Zealand to protect potatoes and brassicas.

Nufarm Limited has applied to us to import for release AMICUS to combat club root in vegetable brassicas and powdery scab in potatoes.

Application update

The public submission period for this application closed on 19 July 2019.

Information received by the applicant and submitters is now being considered by a decision-making committee (DMC). The DMC will decide whether the substance can be imported or manufactured for use in New Zealand, and what controls (rules) may be necessary to manage any environmental or human health concerns.

Further updates on the next steps in this application process will be posted on this page in due course.

The application

The active ingredient in AMICUS, amisulbrom, is already approved in Australia, Europe and Japan.

AMICUS is in the form of water-dispersible granules. The application method on brassicas is by drenching the seedlings immediately prior to transplanting. AMICUS will be sprayed onto potatoes in the furrows at planting.

The applicant says that AMICUS is a low risk, cost-effective means of protecting brassica crops from damage caused by club root, and will increase the choice of farmers to control this disease.

The application documents

Read the application documents and submissions