New Zealand Apples and Pears has begun a seven-year project to try to make the industry spray-free by 2050, RNZ reveals. Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor said plant health standards for detectable pests and food safety standards for agrichemical residues were important requirements for New Zealand’s export markets. “By further reducing pesticide use, this programme aims to safeguard export revenue to the tune of $1.1 billion between 2023 and 2030,” O’Conner said.