Following concerns that that new spray drift management measures implemented by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in March 2010 could prevent growers from being able to effectively use some pesticides, a broad-based industry working party, the National Working Party of Pesticide Applications (NWPPA), was established.
PHA was commissioned to provide technical support for the working party with funding provided by Grains Research and Development Corporation, Horticulture Australia Limited, Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, Cotton Research and Development Corporation and Sugar Research Development Corporation.
In 2011, PHA developed an independent strategic assessment of the current research policy and research environment to help guide the work of the group.
In 2012, PHA provided an additional report on an evaluation of current international responses to the management of pesticide spray drift. PHA also provided a liaison and technical facilitation role for the NWPPA through 2011 and 2012.