Grape pest law flouted

A HARCOURT grape grower has been fined for taking unfiltered grape juice out of an area where phylloxera had been detected and into an area free of the pest without approval.

Phylloxera is a tiny insect that mainly ­attacks the roots of grapevines, making it virtually impossible for the roots to take up water and nutrients to feed the vine.

This eventually renders the vine unproductive and it typically dies off.

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