App designed to protect wine industry against biosecurity threat

Vineyard

Peninsula Vignerons Association (MVPA) and Agriculture Victoria has announced that they will use the Snap Send Solve platform to locate amenity vines in the Mornington Peninsula, in an effort to help protect the region’s valuable wine industry from biosecurity threats.

A threat is phylloxera, an insect that can devastate a commercial grapevine and is transferable between vines. This transfer occurs not only amongst commercial vines but just as easily from Amenity vines – vines generally located in households or public places for decorative purposes. One of the difficult elements of surveying these Amenity vines is discovering their location.

“We are thrilled to be an integral part of Agriculture Victoria’s ‘Tackling Phylloxera’ campaign,” said Danny Gorog, founder and CEO of Snap Send Solve. “With more than half a million people in Australia already using the platform to report a range of issues within their community, we believe this is a natural channel for the general community to locate and report Amenity vines within the Mornington Peninsula area.”

Snap Send Solve allows anyone that discovers an Amenity vine, typically the hardest to locate, to report the location directly to Agriculture Victoria so they can undertake an inspection.

The app uses GPS to discover the precise location of the reporter and is geo-fenced, so that users can only report Amenity vines in the areas that the Agriculture Victoria is looking to survey.