Agriculture Victoria have engaged the services of Wine Victoria to deliver a farm gate biosecurity program targeting wine grape growers located within close geographic proximity to phylloxera “affected” areas which will see greater adoption of standard farm gate biosecurity kits including foot baths, biosecurity signage and simple protocols that managers can follow to increase their awareness of risk pathways. development and distribution of a standardised phylloxera disinfestation kit for Victorian vineyards.
It is intended to distribute the kits to vineyards where there is low compliance and/or low knowledge levels of biosecurity issues. Kits will also be distributed to industry leaders/influencers to create awareness. The focus is on regions in and around PIZ’s where vineyards are at risk of phylloxera infestation or of spreading phylloxera. The focus regions include Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, Heathcote, Macedon Ranges and Grampians.
The objectives of this program are to:
- Improve adoption of farm gate biosecurity measures through the distribution of footwear disinfestation kits and standardised instructional signage to wine grape producers, via industry associations.
- Promote a consistent minimum standard for the industry
- Create greater awareness and uptake of biosecurity across the entire supply chain
- Improve compliance across the industry with the latest farmgate disinfestation practices.