Application to introduce the herbicide Boxer Gold

We have received an application from Syngenta Crop Protection Limited to introduce a new herbicide to control weeds in potatoes.

Application update

The public submission period for this application closed on 30 August 2019.

Information received from the applicant and submitters is now being reviewed, and will be 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, including information on the hearing, if one is to be held, will be posted on this page in due course.

The application

Boxer Gold is in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and contains two active ingredients, S-metolachlor and prosulfocarb. Prosulfocarb is new to New Zealand; S-metolachlor is already present in a number of approved substances.

If approved, this herbicide would be used to control various broadleaf and grass weeds in potatoes. It would be used prior to the emergence of the crop or until 25 percent potato shoot emergence.

The herbicide would be applied by professional users only via tractor-driven boom spray.

The applicant states that the risks associated with the use of Boxer Gold are acceptable provided label directions are followed.

The active ingredient prosulfocarb is already approved in the European Union, as well as in Australia and Japan.

The active ingredient S-metolachlor is approved in New Zealand, the European Union, Australia, Japan, Canada, and the USA.

The application documents

Read the application document and submission guidelines