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Posted: October 16, 2017
Growers have been calling out for PICs so why wait any longer.
If a grape grower does not have a PIC they will not be notified in advance of an outbreak of phylloxera or any other biosecurity threat.
The early warning notifications provide grape growers with time to apply on-farm biosecurity best practices that can protect valuable plantings and avoid the enormous costs of recovery.
The latest statewide figures show that grape growers are using PICs to improve the way they embrace biosecurity with a total of 770 commercial growers of grape vines already registered.
The application for a PIC is a legal obligation – this means all vineyard owners who grow 0.5 hectares or more of grapes are obliged to register for a PIC.