Proposal to combat horehound
Your views are now being sought on an application to introduce two moths into New Zealand to combat horehound.
The Horehound Biocontrol Group has applied to us to release two organisms new to New Zealand - the horehound plume moth and the horehound clearwing moth.
The applicant says that horehound is a serious threat to the viability of some farms. It establishes strongly in hill and high-country lucerne forage crops and is exceptionally hard to control.
The New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists and the Herb Federation of New Zealand both oppose the proposed biological control programme saying horehound is highly valued as a medicinal herb, and is harvested for that purpose. Successful biological control could adversely affect the value of the medicinal harvest.
We are seeking public submissions on this application.
You have until 5pm on 11 July 2018 to have your say.