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Vineyards under threat

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has identified a number of exotic diseases, which could attack local vineyards.

Parliamentary secretary for agriculture, fisheries and forestry, Sussan Key, said tourism, imports and exports, international mail and changing transportation methods could possibly have compromised Australia’s border control.

“As a nation, we have remained relatively free from many of the plant pests and pathogen that have critically affected agriculture industries in other countries,” she said. “Our geographic isolation and the benefit of not having a shared land border as well as our vigilance have helped shield Australia from exotic threats.”

Ms Ley said pre-emptive planning would help the viticulture industry prevent a potentially devastating incursion on the industry.

She said viticulture, including winegrapes, tablegrapes and dried vine fruit production, could claim to be Australia’s largest fruit industry.

The wine industry exported almost 700 million litres last year was valued at $2.7 billion.

Nenews.com.au reports.

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