Keeping out unwanted pests and diseases, and being able to quickly spot and track anything that does get into our NZ vineyards is important as it could affect everyone in the industry.
If a biosecurity outbreak did occur, tools and systems are limited for rapidly tracing possible vectors in order to reduce, halt or eradicate the threat, or reduce potentially substantial economic losses.
There are numerous potential vectors of biosecurity risk in the viticulture industry that are not reliably or effectively traceable or trackable. This includes plant material, machinery, vehicles, internal staff, contractors, consultants, researchers, site visitors and the general public.
The viticulture industry often uses contractors and equipment that are used across many properties. With the increasing automation of viticulture and the potential of the use of these new automated machines on a contract basis, it's reasonable to expect biosecurity risks to increase further.