On July 21, 2020, important changes were made to the Plant Quarantine Standards (PQS); changes that help protect South Australia’s wine grape industry from phylloxera.
These PQS include information about regulations and protocols governing entry requirements for fruit, vegetables, plants, and plant related products coming into South Australia.
The key changes include a number of ‘prohibitions’:
- Steam as a sterilisation treatment method for all machinery or equipment being imported into SA is now prohibited;
- The entry of used netting, trellis posts, vine guards, dripper tube, wire and clips into SA is now prohibited;
- The entry of winegrapes grown in a Phylloxera Risk Zone (PRZ) into SA is now prohibited;
- Alignment of entry requirements for equipment from a PRZ with tougher standards applicable for equipment from a Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) and Phylloxera Interim Buffer Zone (PIBZ);
- Alignment of entry requirements for grape marc, with that of winegrapes.
More information is available on the Biosecurity section on the PIRSA website.