The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) today announcedthe release of an iPhone application that makes information about agricultural and veterinarychemicals registered in Australia instantly accessible to people on the move.
‘The tool, thought to be a world first, will give a farmer in a paddock the ability to access asearchable database of the 10,500 agricultural and veterinary chemicals approved for use inAustralia’, APVMA spokesperson Dr Simon Cubit said today.
“The farmer, for example, will be able to search for a registered chemical product available totreat a specific insect pest. That search will also provide information about active constituents,withholding periods, product labels, and pack sizes at the touch of a button.’
‘Once a search has been completed the farmer will be able to save the search for laterreference or share the results with others, perhaps in the form of an email to a rural supplystore.’
The application, called ‘APVMA’, also provides information on products that havebeen suspended, cancelled, stopped or archived.
This ability, which provides a time depthto chemical registrations in Australia, is not currently available on any other system.
“The app is expected to be widely used not just by farmers but also by environmentalmanagers needing chemical tools to tackle environmental weeds and pests. Versions of theapp suitable for Android devices will also be developed.”
“The development of the application reflects a commitment by the APVMA to deliver thebenefits of more efficient regulation to business and the community’, Dr Cubit said.
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