Technigro, a vegetation and natural areas management company from Queensland, has announced the development of a weed-control sprayer that contains potentially dangerous chemicals in the area they were applied, preventing them from drifting into the atmosphere.
If keeping tabs on the comings and goings of the weed-control world is your thing, then have we got news for you.
Queensland-based vegetation and natural areas management company, Technigro, has developed a weed-control sprayer that corrals potentially dangerous chemicals in the area they were applied – not the atmosphere — rendering the spray-and-pray approach *so* last season.
The intuitively-titled DriftProof Sprayer (DPS) is applied to insecticides, herbicides, and fertilisers. Due to something clever in its formula, the chemicals are prevented from running amok in unintended areas, making it safer for the environment. Operators’ wallets will also benefit thanks to the reduction in the number of chemicals needed to treat an area.
According to Technigro founder Nick Bloor, “drift is a major problem for spray operators and public safety as even a light breeze can result in potentially harmful chemicals drifting off target which can greatly reduce productivity.”
“In public open spaces such as parklands and schools, drift is even a greater concern due to the proximity of people, water and sensitive vegetation.”
“The aim of DPS is to create an all-encompassing solution that delivers a more cost effective and safer application ensuring a better outcome for operators, the public and the environment,” said Bloor.
Unsurprisingly, Bloor predicts the market for his product will grow in both Australia and abroad, spurred on by greater environmental awareness and public demand for safer regulations.
Pesticides have been linked to a number of health issues, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, cancer, dementia, and infertility.
“This industry requires innovation and Technigro is at forefront of providing solutions in response to impeding restrictions and anticipation of even tighter regulatory standards,” Bloor said.
Technigro, founded in 1987, has won multiple awards, including two 2010 Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards – the Mayor Innovation Award and the Environmental Management Award — and the 2010 Queensland Family Business of the Year Award.