Sep. 18, 2014
Syngenta has applied to the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to import the insecticide Solvigo (abamectin and thiamethoxam) for the control of insect pests in onions. Both of these ais are approved for use in New Zealand in various products. The other components in the substance are commonly used in crop protection agents such as wetting agents, dispersing agents and antifoams. The EPA has scheduled a hearing for this application on Sep. 25th, and a final decision will be possibly revealed within 30 days after the hearing.
As Solvigo is toxic to bees it should not be sprayed on flowering crops from 10 days before start of flowering until the end of flowering. Spray should not be allowed to drift onto flowering weeds, hedges or flowering crops in the vicinity of the treatment area. Moreover, it should not be sprayed if a high amount of aphid honeydew is present in the treatment area or where bees are actively foraging.