Difficult access for modern technology has resulted in 57 plots of vinicultural land becoming wasteland, the agriculture minister has said.
Responding to a parliamentary question by Gilles Baum (DP), Romain Schneider (LSAP) explained that the abandoned sites span a total of 7.2 hectares, of which half are located next to vineyard plots, which are actively used, posing a threat to the healthy vines.
According to Schneider, vines in abandoned sites suffer a number of illnesses, including vine mildew, black rote and phylloxera, a vine pest which destroyed most of the European wine grape vineyards in Europe in the late nineteenth century. The minister said that if left unchecked, phylloxera can adapt genetically and become more virulent.
The minister said the sector was seeking to combat the problem by investing in the reconstruction of dry-stone walls, to improve access to vine terraces. He added that the regrouping of plots further eased access to sites for tractors and other machinery.