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RIVERLAND growers, wineries
and transport companies are
being praised for remaining
vigilant in the fight to keep the
state phylloxera-free during the
2017 wine vintage.
While the South Australian
Government has introduced
tougher rules to ensure the state
remains free of phylloxera, vin-
tage is still traditionally a high-
risk period for the spread of pests
As part of the increased focus,
Biosecurity SA staff at Yamba
and Pinnaroo quarantine stations
have been recording checks on
State Minister for Agriculture,
Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
said strong biosecurity in the
vineyard was vital.
“We all want to keep phyllox-
era out of South Australia,” he
said. “It means everyone involved
in our local wine industry needs
to be absolutely vigilant in imple-
menting the highest quarantine
measures, at the border and in
Mr Bignell said the
Riverland’s phylloxera-free status
was a “massive” boost for South
The state’s wine industry gen-
erated $2.1 billion revenue in
2015/16, with growers produc-
ing more than 817,980 tonnes of
grapes during last year’s vintage.
Vinehealth Australia has been
assisting growers and wine pro-
ducers in their efforts to prevent
the spread of pests and diseases
PAGE 20 Riverland Wine roundup
Riverland growers up for fight against pest
THE head of Citrus Australia told a
number of Riverland stakeholders
at a meeting in Renmark yesterday
that the industry was going through
an “extraordinary” period due to a
number of factors, including record
levels of exports.
Citrus Australia chief execu-
tive Judith Damiani, at the Citrus
Australia South Australian Region
(CASAR) forum yesterday, said
the industry was currently seeing
investment and growth in a number
“There’s a lot of things that are
happening in our industry that have
never happened before,” she said.
“The number of growers have
reduced but those growers that
remain are getting bigger.
“Last year was a record in
terms of volume of exports, and
investment in our industry has
Ms Damiani spoke about a range
of issues, including biosecurity,
exports and free trade agreements
with Japan and China.
She also mentioned the chaotic
nature of last year’s debate sur-
rounding the potential implementa-
tion of a backpacker tax.
“It was a crazy time leading up
to December, but we worked really
hard to lobby key senators and their
advisors on the best outcome for
our industry,” she said.
“It was a political game at the
time, and it had big implications
for our industry, but we worked
with the whole horticulture
industry to get the best outcome
Citrus Australia chair Tania
Chapman also urged more growers
to become a member of the indus-
try’s peak body.
“This region here is about a
third of the (citrus) production in
Australia but the membership num-
bers don’t reflect that,” she said.
“Our industry is currently in a
very buoyant phase with very good
returns. So, there is no excuse for
not being a member of your nation-
al industry peak body.
“As growers you do know or
should be aware that nothing stays
on a high forever.”
Mrs Chapman said it was Citrus
Australia’s role to plan and put in
place programs for when a down-
“However, we cannot help you
with that if we don’t have your
membership,” she said.
CASAR chair Steve Burdette
chaired the forum, while a number
of speakers presented on a range of
topics throughout the day.
Citrus Australia chief executive officer Judith Damiani spoke to about 50 local citrus stakeholders at a citrus forum
at the Renmark Club yesterday. PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
Nothing sour about our Aussie citrus
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