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

A request for proposal was let at the end of 2020 to find a contractor to undertake a review of candidate biopesticides for commercialisation, however no proposals were forthcoming. The ALT team completed this work internally.

In early 2021 the PGG agreed that the Commercialisation Manager role become a smaller “Biologicals Facilitator”, leading the facilitation of biopesticide and BCA registration and uptake.

The Pathway to Biopesticide Registration Report has been finalised.

Two biopesticide case studies are underway: one will test the New Organisms side of the HSNO Act and is quite species specific; the other is a more traditional registration, albeit based on a microbial active ingredient, with a broader target pest spectrum.

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 Pathway to Biopesticide Registration Report has been finalised.

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 has been completed by the Agroecology Technical Lead.