Pests and diseases pose a productivity challenge to Australian agriculture due, in part, to animals and plants developing resistance to existing agricultural pesticide and veterinary (AgVet) technologies. New and emerging industries also face a lack of adequate AgVet technologies. These challenges are expected to significantly increase within the next decade.
This issue is exacerbated by a lack of incentive for Agvet chemical registrants to invest in AgVet technologies, meaning many Australian producers do not have the same level of access to pesticides as their competitors. For example, the wine industry in California has access to double the range of fungicides that Australian wine producers can currently access.