Application to introduce new fungicide KUSABI
We sought your views on an application to introduce the new fungicide KUSABI to New Zealand.
ISK New Zealand Limited has applied to us to import for release KUSABI, which is a fungicide to combat powdery mildew in grapes, apples, and vegetables of the pumpkin and cucumber family (cucurbits).
The public submission period for this application closed on Tuesday 18 June 2019.
Information received by the applicant ans submitters is now being considered by a decision-making committee (DMC). The DMS 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 active ingredient in KUSABI, pyriofenone, is already approved in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, USA and Korea.
KUSABI is in the form of a suspension concentrate and the application methods on grapes and apples are by airblast sprayer, and by ground-based broadcast and aerial spraying on vegetables.
The applicant says that KUSABI is not toxic to humans and will be an important tool for farmers to reduce the development of resistance.
The application documents