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King Valley and North East phylloxera zones to amalgamate
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Strengthened on-farm phylloxera management was a key factor in determining whether an amalgamation of two Victorian phylloxera infested zones could go ahead.
In 2004 a review of the King Valley and North East Phylloxera Infested Zones (PIZ) boundaries was undertaken at the request of the local industry. The aim of the review was to confirm the phylloxera status of both zones and to assess market access issues relating to the region. On completion of the review a request was received by industry for DPI Plant Standards Branch to investigate amalgamating the two adjoining PIZs to assist with trade between the regions.
Under the current order governing trade from both regions, the trade of whole grapes, grape material, used viticultural machinery and bins must be treated and a permit issued before moving from one PIZ to another.
Amalgamating the two PIZs into one will enable industry to move grape material and used machinery within the one declared zone without applying for a permit and the costly treatment of product.
DPI agreed to the amalgamation on the proviso that strengthened on-farm phylloxera management procedures are implemented by industry prior to amalgamation taking place.