Fertiliser spraying concerning some residents

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As summer months get closer, people in the rural areas of the Bay of Plenty region will start to notice farm owners will be fertilising their paddocks.

Some residents who back onto some rural properties have raised concerns whether they should be notified before the spraying for the fertilising takes place.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council urban, industry and response team leader Chris Brewer says before spraying agrichemicals from an aircraft, the occupiers of any adjoin properties within 200m should be notified at least 12 hours prior to spraying, unless an alternative arrangement is in place.

“Where agrichemicals are applied to land adjoining public roads and places, signs must be placed on the road boundary 24 hours before the time of application and removed by the applicator when safe for re-entry.

“Weather conditions and spray methods should always be chosen carefully to make sure that chemical spray does not drift beyond the boundary of the property being treated.

“See our website at www.boprc.govt.nz/environment/air/spraydrift for more spraydrift management guidelines and rules.

“If people are concerned about spraydrift they should report it to our 24/7 Pollution Hotline by calling 0800 884 883.”

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