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.
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 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.
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.
Fruiting vegetables – cucurbits
Fruiting vegetables – other than cucurbits
Root and tuber vegetables
|This project is funded by
Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the National Vegetable
Levy funds from the Australian Government.