13 Aug 2010

Spray drift control results in fewer complaints

12:47 pm on 13 August 2010

A fresh attempt by the Kiwifruit industry to minimise spray drift has a desired effect.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council says there have been only six complaints to a pollution hotline so far this season.

Growers use a product called Hi-cane on kiwifruit vines at this time of the year, to promote bud break.

Last year, community groups in the Bay of Plenty protested against its use and the industry and spray contractors have been working since to ease their concerns.

Forty honorary wardens are now patrolling the region to investigate any complaints of spray drift and some growers are trialing the use of yellow warning cones to warn passers by of spraying in the area.

Spray contractors are also using nozzles that limit spray drift.