Proposed phase out of insecticide Matador: Call for farmer action
By Manitoba Canola Growers Association
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), a division of Health Canada, has released its proposed re-evaluation decision for the insecticide Lambda-cyhalothrin, most commonly known as Matador, recommending a complete phase out of the product for farm and residential use. The proposed re-evaluation is open for comment until September 21, 2017.
Growers are encouraged to take urgent action and submit their comments regarding the proposed phase out of this valuable pest management tool to the PMRA directly before September 21, 2017. The Grain Growers of Canada have developed a template letter to submit to the PMRA that you can download here.
Lambda-cyhalothrin is the most widely used foliar insecticide for canola, and has been demonstrated to be a safe and effective tool for managing risk to yield in canola caused by multiple insect pests, including flea beetles, cutworms, bertha armyworms and diamondback moths. Losing this tool would be expected to have a significant impact on the canola sector.
The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) are working with industry groups such as the Canola Council of Canada, Canadian Canola Growers Association, and the other provincial canola growers groups to develop an joint industry response to submit before the comment period closes. Further details on a canola industry response will be forthcoming by the end of the month