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TAS Country : June 21st 2012
14 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 22, 2012 Pesticides in water, testing shows ROGER HANSON FOUR sites have tested positive to various pesticides after the latest round of chemical testing in Tasmania's rivers and streams. The head of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment's chemical management branch, Christian Goninon, said sam- ples had been collected from 47 lo- cations across Tasmania during May. The water samples were tested for the presence of a range of agricultural chemicals. Mr Goninon said 43 sites were clear of all pesticides, however, four lo- cations had tested positive to several different pesticides. All detections are compared against the 2011 Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG). Results were: Montagu River at Renison Road, MCPA at 0.29ppb (parts per billion). Montagu River at Stuarts Road, Simazine at 0.35ppb. Clyde River at Bothwell, MCPA at 0.40ppb and 2,4-D at 0.15ppb. Tuckers Creek at Barnbou- gle Rd, Prometryn at 0.07ppb. MCPA is a herbicide widely used to control weeds in pasture. Detections of this herbicide were below the ADWG health-based guideline value of 40ppb. Simazine is a herbicide used to control germinating annual grasses and broad-leaved weeds in forestry and agriculture. Detection of this herbicide was below the ADWG health-based guideline value of 20ppb. Herbicide 2,4-D is used to control flat weeds in pasture and cereal crops. Detection of this herbicide was below the ADWG health based guideline value of 30ppb. Prometryn is a herbicide used to control both broad leafed weeds and grasses in a range of agricultural crops. There is currently no health-based guideline value set by the National Health and Medical Research Council in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines for prometryn. However, a health-based guideline value of 105ppb has been derived from data recommended by the Department of Health and Ageing and following the approach used in the ADWG. The detection of this herbicide was well below this value. Results for all 32 rounds of testing are available on the website www.dpi- pwe.tas.gov.au News Apiary adds sting to honey trade ROGER HANSON ROBBIE CHARLES: The learning curve for both of us has been huge and a great challenge.'' Picture: CHRIS KIDD ONE of Tasmania's leading honey exporters, Charles Blue Hills Honey, in the far North West is keen to learn the latest developments at the Tasmanian Beekeepers' Association conference early next month. The conference and AGM will be held at Launceston on July 5 and 6 and has attracted some of the industry's formative speakers. It is also Tasmania's turn to hold the Australian Honeybee Industry Council conference and annual meeting, which is held in conjunction with the bee- keepers' conference. TBA president Lindsay Bourke, who is also the chairman of the industry council, said issues raised will be carried through for the next 12 months and elevated to a national level. Husband and wife team Robbie and Nicola Charles, who operate Charles Blue Hills Honey in Mawbanna, are looking forward to listening to the quality line-up of guest speakers. Mr Charles began running the busi- ness in the 1990s and was later joined by Nicola. ''The learning curve for both of us has been huge and a great challenge,'' Mrs Charles said. ''Neither of us had business experi- ence and only persistence, instinct and commonsense, a desire to educate ourselves and our team. We all have a passion and believe in our product and ourselves.'' Mrs Charles said the business has taken a strategic direction and with the assistance from the local business enterprise centre and development, industry mentors and Austrade has blossomed. Their honey now is avail- able in many world markets. ''We export 80 per cent of our honey, especially into South-East Asia to countries like Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. We are now going into China,'' Mrs Charles said. ''In the Asian region they view honey as a health substitute for wellbeing as well as a food. Some South-East Asian markets are interested in the medicinal value of our honey. In Australia more emphasis is placed on honey as a food.'' The couple and some of the staff from Charles Blue Hills Honey are looking forward to hearing conference spea- kers discuss industry updates and brand awareness of product. Guest speakers include Dr Chery McCarthy, covering remote sensing of beehives to improve surveillance which will test for mites; Daniel Martin, apiary inspector with Bio- security Victoria, Animal Health Field Services; and Bruce White of the Australian Queen Breeding Group. John Rawcliffe will discuss the in- dustry in New Zealand how it can co- operate with Australia to combat joint issues. Dinner speaker will be hard- hitting chief of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association Jan Davis. Tasmania has a rich history with bees. European bees were first success- fully introduced into Tasmania in 1831 and the first Italian bees were intro- duced in 1884. From that the industry produces honey, beeswax, and provides pollination services to the seed and fruit-growing industries. About two-thirds of Tasmania's honey production is from leatherwood blossom. The AHBIC is funded by voluntary levy and is the peak body representing the industry in Australia. * On-road costs consist of 12 months registration, Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance, Government stamp duty, Dealer pre-delivery and freight charges, from participating Dealers. ^ Factory bonus applicable at point of sale. Includes GST. See your participating Suzuki Dealer for full Terms and Conditions. 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