Phylloxera boundary change proposed for Yarra Valley
21 May 2018
Agriculture Victoria is collaborating with the Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association (YVWGA) to survey growers and vineyard managers in the region on their views for changing the existing boundary for the Maroondah Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ).
Chief Plant Health Officer Dr Rosa Crnov said growers, vineyard managers and other interested industry stakeholders in the Yarra Valley Geographic Indicator (GI) can now have their say on changing the Maroondah PIZ boundary.
"Agriculture Victoria is supporting the YVWGA's move to hear the voice of local industry before any decision is made regarding the merits of expanding the existing boundary for the PIZ," Dr Rosa said.
"The YVWGA have now begun surveying Yarra Valley grape growers, vineyard managers and interested industry stakeholders between 18 May until 15 June to gauge their views on a range of potential options for the PIZ boundary, and how any change may affect their approach to best practice on-farm biosecurity."
"After completing the survey, the YVWGA and Agriculture Victoria will evaluate the possibility of expanding the existing boundary of the Maroondah PIZ to include other areas currently recognised as the Phylloxera Risk Zone (PRZ)."
"Results from this survey will also be used to help inform the industry's decision making going forward for phylloxera management in the Yarra Valley."
"Better phylloxera management within the infested zone will lead to reduced regulatory and compliance burdens on growers and will help enhance productivity in the region."
Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association Executive Officer Caroline Evans said only best practice on-farm biosecurity measures can contain and prevent further spread of phylloxera.
"The Yarra Valley produces some of Victoria's most popular wines so changing the Phylloxera Infested Zone boundary will ensure local wineries have the incentive to invest in the future and produce wonderful wines," Ms Evans said.
Growers registered with the YVWGA will receive an email link to the survey and non-members will be able to access the survey via the Agriculture Victoria, YVWGA and the Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee websites – https://engage.vic.gov.au/yarra-valley-piz-boundary-extension-project.
Growers can improve their biosecurity by registering for a Property Identification Code in accordance with requirements of the Plant Biosecurity Act 2010.
The Victorian government provided $4.08 million to implement the Victorian Wine Industry Development Strategy to grow Victoria's wine industry and capture new opportunities. This includes funding to extend phylloxera exclusion zones.
For more information about the program, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/tacklingphylloxera.
Contact Name: Nick Foster
Contact Number: (03) 8392 6254
Categorised under: Agriculture,Biosecurity