"Winegrowers instinctively manage vineyard pests and diseases as part of their core business activity."
But the biosecurity team at New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) encourages members to also put in place systems and protocols to ensure that no new pests and diseases are introduced to New Zealand vineyards, and to prevent existing pests and diseases spreading from one vineyard to another, Jim says.
This year, NZW will align its Biosecurity Week activities with National Biosecurity Week, from 26 to 30 July.
"NZW encourages all members to get involved with the week's activities and take the opportunity to look at ways to improve vineyard biosecurity," says Jim.
There'll be a biosecurity quiz so growers can test their knowledge and be in to win prizes.
"For those creative types, new this year is a Biosecurity Display Challenge - use our biosecurity resources to set up a display for your staff and contractors, to increase biosecurity awareness on your site."
There will be updates on nzwine.com and the Kaitiaki Facebook page about what the 2021 Corteva Young Viticulurist of the Yar contestants have to say about biosecurity.
Jim says companies should also consider signing up to the Biosecurity Business pledge, "to join a nationwide network of operations who are making biosecurity a business priority".
26 - 30 July