Project 5:

Biopesticides Path to Market

Milestone 5.1
Milestone 5.2
Milestone 5.3
Milestone 5.1

Upscaling production and availability of biopesticides

Resolve the commercial impediments to biopesticide production and availability in New Zealand by enhancing and quantifying the market size for biopesticide use, and then supporting the commercialisation of candidate biopesticides in New Zealand.

Start date:

April 1, 2020

Key milestone:

December 31, 2020 - Candidate biopesticides for commercialisation prioritised

Key milestone:

April 1, 2021 - Commercialisation Manager appointed

Key milestone:

June 1, 2021 - Outlines of commercialisation plans developed by for approval by the PGG

Key milestone:

January 1, 2022 - Commercialisation projects started, continuing through to the end of the project (e.g., facilitating investment in commercialisation via consortia of horticulture industry organisations, securing investment, negotiating long-term lease of a biopesticide production facility).

Key milestone:

January 1, 2025 - First commercialised products available

End date:

March 31, 2027

Progress

The prioritisation of candidate biopesticides for commercialisation has been delayed.  A request for proposals will be issued in November for a report on biopesticides that may be available and be appropriate for commercialisation in New Zealand.  The report is due by 30 April 2021.

Scoping for the Commercialisation Manager role is underway, and will be provided to the January 2021 PGG meeting for review.

Milestone 5.2

Pathway to biopesticide registration demonstrated

The regulatory pathway for biopesticide registration will be clarified and registrants will have confidence in the process.

Start date:

April 1, 2020

Key milestone:

September 30, 2020 - Regulatory pathway documented incorporating clarification of registrant concerns

Key milestone:

January 1, 2021 - Biopesticide registration case study projects implemented. One case study completed each year from 1 January 2023 to 31 March 2027. Each case study will span 2 years

Key milestone:

May 31, 2021 - Arrangements for availability of international data (for registration projects) will be established

End date:

March 31, 2027

Progress

The report documenting the biopesticide regulatory pathway has been delayed, and will now be completed by 30 November 2020. Following completion, biopesticide registration case study projects will be identified and implemented.

Milestone 5.3

Increase in biopesticide use achieved

Plans for integration of biopesticides into crop protection programmes developed in cooperation with the participant group.

Start date:

April 1, 2020

Key milestone:

September 30, 2020 - Programme and approach to working with industry organisations for integration of biopesticides into crop protection programmes developed

Key milestone:

January 1, 2021 - Project implemented through to the end of the programme, with adoption reviewed annually (data from Milestone 3.3).

End date:

March 31, 2027

Progress

The programme and approach to working with industry organisations for integration of biopesticides into crop protection programmes is being developed by the Agroecology Technical Lead, and will be completed by 31 December 2021.