Information on crops

To best understand the Australian system, it is important to understand where crops fall in the Codex crop groups.

The Codex crop groups are used by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) as part of assessment, and when one of these crop groups is mentioned on-label or in a minor use permit they cover a particular group of crops.

Codex crop groups

It is important to identify which of the Codex crop groups the levied vegetables grown belong to. Refer to Table 1 to see all groups that include levied vegetables.

Table 1: Codex crop groups and examples of crops which are categorised by that group.

Codex crop group Examples of crops in the group
009 – Bulb vegetables Leek, spring onion, shallots.
010 – Brassica vegetables Broccoli, Brussel’s sprouts, cabbage.
011 – Fruiting vegetables – cucurbits Pumpkin, cucumber, zucchini.
012 – Fruiting vegetables – other than cucurbits Capsicum, chilli, sweet corn.
013 – Leafy vegetables Lettuce, spinach, kale.
014 – Legume vegetables Green bean, green pea, snow pea.
016 – Root and tuber vegetables Carrot, parsnip, yam.
017 – Stalk and stem vegetables Artichoke, celery, rhubarb.
027 – Herbs Parsley.

Minor and major crops

Minor use permits have the intended purpose of normal use on a minor crop, and minor use on a major crop. Both ‘minor crop’ and ‘major crop’ are defined by the APVMA.

Specifically the guide for determining minor uses from the APVMA lists the major and minor crops.

Major vegetable crops

The following list is from the APVMA regarding which crops they consider to be ‘major’. This is important to understand when requesting a minor use permit.

Brassica vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower

Fruiting vegetables – cucurbits

  • Melons
  • Pumpkin

Fruiting vegetables – other than cucurbits

  • Peppers

Leafy vegetables

  • Lettuce

Legume vegetables

  • Bean (French and runner)
  • Field pea
  • Green pea

Root and tuber vegetables

  • Carrot
This project is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the National Vegetable Levy funds from the Australian Government.