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Growers Ask Cricket Fans to Leave Fruit at Home
27 February 2015
New Zealand’s commercial fruit and vegetable growers are asking everyone going to the World Cup Cricket match at Eden Park tomorrow to help smash an unwanted Aussie visitor for a six. The...
Growers Ask Cricket Fans to Leave Fruit at Home
27 February 2015

New Zealand’s commercial fruit and vegetable growers are asking everyone going to the World Cup Cricket match at Eden Park tomorrow to help smash an unwanted Aussie visitor for a six.

The industry that takes every opportunity to promote healthy eating is taking the unusual step of asking fans not to take fresh fruit or vegetables with them into the stadium.

This request comes in the wake of last week’s discovery of a small localised population of Queensland fruit flies in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn.

Eden Park, the venue for Saturday’s World Cup Cricket clash between Australia and New Zealand, is right on the border of the controlled area. 

This means no fruit and vegetable material can be taken out of the stadium.

“We are asking cricket fans to leave their fruit and vegetables at home when they head to the stadium,” Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Peter Silcock says.

“You know it must be a serious situation if we are asking people NOT to have fruit and vegetables.”

Three industry groups have joined together to pay for a full page advertisement in today’s New Zealand Herald to ask cricket fans not to take fruit to the ground. Click here to view the advertisment.

“We feel it is the most pragmatic approach. It makes sense to ask people not to take food into the ground which would ultimately need to be thrown away as they were leaving,” Pipfruit New Zealand chief executive Alan Pollard says.

The horticulture industry is united in its support of the Ministry for Primary Industries response to the fruit fly.

“We are grateful to the residents in the controlled areas who have been inconvenienced by this discovery, and also to the staff working on it and the organisers of the Pasifika event and the cricket who have had to make significant changes to their plans,” Kiwifruit Vine Health chief executive Barry O’Neil says.

The potential risk to the $6 billion New Zealand horticulture industry (including fruit, vegetables and wine) from the Queensland Fruit Fly establishing here is two-fold:
the destruction caused by the pest and the on-going cost of attempting to control it; and
the cost of international markets choosing not to accept our products.

The pest would also have a devastating effect on New Zealand’s home gardeners.

ENDS
For further comment:
Peter Silcock, chief executive, Horticulture New Zealand 027 448 7036
Alan Pollard, chief executive, Pipfruit New Zealand 021 576 109
Barry O’Neil, chief executive, Kiwifruit Vine Health 022 108 7007

Queensland Fruit Fly 27.02.15
27 February 2015
Growers urge cricket fans to leave fruit at home! KVH, Horticulture NZ and Pipfruit NZ have joined together to place a full page advertisement in today’s New Zealand Herald asking cricket...
Queensland Fruit Fly 27.02.15
27 February 2015

Growers urge cricket fans to leave fruit at home!
KVH, Horticulture NZ and Pipfruit NZ have joined together to place a full page advertisement in today’s New Zealand Herald asking cricket fans NOT to take fruit into the ground for tomorrow’s Cricket World Cup game.
 

Eden Park, the venue for tomorrow’s World Cup Cricket clash between Australia and New Zealand, is right on the border of the controlled area. 
 

A joint media statement reinforcing this message was released this morning. It was quickly picked up by media providing further coverage.
 

  • Click here to view the full page advertisement in today’s paper
  • Click here to view the joint media release by KVH, HortNZ and Pipfruit NZ
  • Click here to view an article on the NZ Herald
     

Mitigating the risk at tomorrow’s Cricket World Cup game at Eden Park
Planning is well underway to reduce the risks at tomorrow’s Cricket Word Cup game between New Zealand and Australia.
 

Fifty eight staff, including uniformed MPI and Auckland City Council staff will join security at Eden Park tomorrow to to ensure fruit and vegetables are not taken out of the controlled area.
 

There is a detailed plan for the removal of all waste (expected to be around 10.5 tonnes) from the ground, including sweeping every seat row. Waste will be taken to a biosecurity waste disposal facility and held at a high temperature that kills insects in all stages of their life cycle.
 

QFF situation update
The total number of fruit flies found to date now stands at eight.
DNA testing is ongoing and all flies tested to date are genetically similar. Therefore it’s most likely we are dealing with a single incursion.
 

There has been a second discovery of larvae inside Zone A from fruit harvested from a property where a male Queensland fruit fly had earlier been trapped.
 

The larvae were from fruit gathered from a property that is 80m from the site where larvae and one pupa were found last week. As the larvae were nearby and within Zone A this is not considered a significant development and it is not unexpected to find more larvae.
 

MPI remains confident this is a small localised population and will be successfully eradicated.
 

Response update
Ground operations continue today in the Controlled Area with around 180 field staff on the ground (from MPI, AsureQuality and partners, including Auckland Council and the horticulture industry).
 

Field work continues to focus on the surveillance trapping system, which aims to capture any male fruit flies present in the area.
 

Field teams are also applying insecticide bait throughout the Controlled Area, informing residents about the controls and inspecting gardens and rubbish bins.
 

Potential market impact
Zespri along with MPI is closely monitoring the market response and expects to have a clearer picture of the situation from MPI over the next week or two.
 

Industry communications
KVH has reduced its industry communications on the fruit fly situation to twice-weekly. This will then be circulated to the wider industry through the KVH Bulletin Special Edition and made available on the KVH website.
Should circumstances significantly change, we will provide an update to industry immediately.
 

A set of FAQs have been developed and are available on the KVH website here. These will be updated as more information comes to light or if additional questions are added.
 

Detailed maps of the controlled area and a full description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules are available on the MPI website.

Queensland Fruit Fly - FAQs
25 February 2015
KVH has developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and these are available here. These will be updated regularly. If you have any further questions or concerns, please email...
Queensland Fruit Fly - FAQs
25 February 2015

KVH has developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and these are available here.

These will be updated regularly.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please email KVH at info@kvh.org.nz and we will endeavour to answer these.

Queensland Fruit Fly 24.02.15
24 February 2015
MPI have confirmed another single male fruit fly has been found in a trap within the Controlled Area, bringing the total to five fruit flies. As advised in previous KVH updates, this is not a...
Queensland Fruit Fly 24.02.15
24 February 2015

MPI have confirmed another single male fruit fly has been found in a trap within the Controlled Area, bringing the total to five fruit flies.

As advised in previous KVH updates, this is not a significant development and further fruit fly finds within the Controlled Area are expected over the coming week.

MPI is confident this remains a small localised population and will be successfully eradicated.

MPI response
Significant ground operations continue in the Controlled Area and are focused on applying insecticide bait.

MPI are using protein bait that attract and kill female fruit flies. This contains a very small amount of fipronil insecticide which is commonly used in pet flea collars. Targeted ground-applied spraying is also being used on trees found to contain fruit fly. Bifenthrin is the insecticide that will be used in this situation.

These treatments are safe for use in residential areas as they have been proven to do no harm to people or animals such as pets or livestock.

Today approximately 126 field staff are operating in the Controlled Area. This includes MPI, AsureQuality and kiwifruit industry resources deployed through KiwiNet.

  • 307 extra lure traps have been placed in the Zone A (200m circular area from original find location). These are checked daily.
  • 193 extra lure traps have been placed in the Zone B (1.5km circular area from original find location. These are checked every three days.
  • 10 extra lure traps have been placed in high-risk sites outside of the Controlled Area.
  • 544 Amnesty bins have been placed in within the Controlled Area and are cleared regularly
  • Residents in Zone A have been issued with their own dedicated Amnesty Bin to dispose of fruit and vegetable waste from their properties.
  • Residents in Zone B have been provided with information and have access to Amnesty bins at 200m intervals around the zone to dispose of fruit and vegetable waste.
  • Approximately 1300kg of produce waste is collected from these bins daily and safely disposed of.
  • 36 boundary signs have been erected advising people of the Controlled Area.

Potential market impact
Response from the markets has been measured. To date there have been no restrictions applied to horticultural exports from NZ.

Communications
KVH plans to reduce its industry communications on the fruit fly situation to a twice-weekly update through the KVH Bulletin Special Edition (Tuesdays and Fridays) and these will be made available on the KVH website.

However, should circumstances significantly change we will provide an update to industry immediately.

KVH are developing a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and these are available on the KVH website shortly. If you have any questions, please email KVH at info@kvh.org.nz and we will endeavour to answer these through the website FAQs.

Detailed maps of the controlled area and a description of the boundaries, and full information about the situation can be found on the MPI website.

Queensland Fruit Fly 23.02.15
23 February 2015
Situation update While no significant changes to the status of the fruit fly response have been reported by MPI, two further male fruit have been found on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Due to...
Queensland Fruit Fly 23.02.15
23 February 2015

Situation update
While no significant changes to the status of the fruit fly response have been reported by MPI, two further male fruit have been found on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Due to the close proximity of these finds to the original location, it’s highly likely these flies are from the same source and the best technical advice we have is that this remains a very limited small and localised population.

It’s important to note these finds are not unexpected since there is a small isolated breeding population in the area and further fruit flies are likely to be found in the area over the coming week.

MPI has so far trapped three male fruit flies. A single un-mated female was located at a residential property on Friday.

MPI are carrying out extensive trace-back and trace-forward activities on the properties where the fruit flies have been found, and those neighbouring them. They have not identified any high-risk fruit movement in or out of the properties.

KVH and Zespri continued to work with MPI on the QFF response over the weekend. More than 20 industry people were deployed through KiwiNet into the field and continue to assist MPI and AsureQuality with surveillance and trapping. We have been asked to maintain this level of resourcing for the next couple of weeks.

Potential market impact
Response from the markets has been measured. MPI expects to have a clearer picture of any further market reaction to the QFF find over the next few days. 

Communications
KVH will continue to provide regular updates about the situation to industry. These will be made available on the KVH website.

Detailed maps of the controlled area and a description of the boundaries, and full information about the situation can be found on the MPI website.

Queensland Fruit Fly 21.02.15
21 February 2015
Situation update MPI confirmed last night a second Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found in a property approximately 150m from the original find (within Zone A), escalating the biosecurity...
Queensland Fruit Fly 21.02.15
21 February 2015

Situation update
MPI confirmed last night a second Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found in a property approximately 150m from the original find (within Zone A), escalating the biosecurity response to ‘Level 2’.

A resident within the Controlled Area found the single QFF on their property and contacted MPI’s pest and disease hotline. This new QFF find was formally identified as a recently-emerged, un-mated female adult fruit fly. Subsequently MPI removed lemons from the property and found fruit fly larvae in the fruit.

The find is very close to the original location so highly likely to be from the same source. This is a very limited small and localised population and we are confident this response will succeed in eradication.

MPI response
The response has moved to a ‘Response Level 2’ which will move to an eradication programme and treatment controls of this isolated population.

The A Zone has been enlarged to include the second find; the B Zone remains unchanged. Additional traps are being placed in the enlarged A Zone.  Additional control measures are being put in place.  These are:
 

  • Baits will be place in fruiting trees to attract and kill female fruit flies.
  • Targeted ground-based spraying of areas under fruiting trees using an effective insecticide
     

As an industry we are obviously very concerned about the situation and have been supporting HortNZ’s concerns. However, our main focus at this stage is the response and ensuring the risks to kiwifruit growers are being managed.

KVH fully supports the response actions being taken by MPI who operate to and exceed internationally accepted standards.  MPI has every confidence it will quickly and effectively eradicate this isolated population.

KVH has activated KiwiNet and already deployed eight industry resources into the field today to assist MPI and AsureQuality with surveillance and field operations and will depolying further industry resources from today.

Potential market impact
International markets were notified of the situation last night. Zespri is actively engaged with MPI in monitoring the situation and has not received any reports of market concerns at this stage. 

Communications
Over this weekend KVH will be working closely with MPI as the trapping and surveillance activities are undertaken. Any significant information will be immediately communicated.

KVH will continue to provide regular updates about the situation to industry. These will be made available on the KVH website.

Detailed maps of the controlled area and a description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules can be found at www.biosecurity.govt.nz.

 

Queensland Fruit Fly 19.02.15
19 February 2015
Key points: To date, no further fruit flies have been found. A field team of more than 90 staff has been deployed into the Controlled Area to set additional fruit fly traps to determine...
Queensland Fruit Fly 19.02.15
19 February 2015

Key points:

  • To date, no further fruit flies have been found.
  • A field team of more than 90 staff has been deployed into the Controlled Area to set additional fruit fly traps to determine if other flies are present in the area.
  • There are 34 pre-existing surveillance programme traps in the A and B Zones.
  • Establishment of additional traps in Zone A will be completed today. Placement of additional traps in Zone B has commenced. 
  • Field teams are also collecting samples of fruit from home gardens and in the area for testing for any evidence of further flies or their eggs or larvae.
  • A MPI mobile field laboratory will be in action later today to analyse fruit collected and also inspect any insects found through the trapping.
  • The first results from the trapping and fruit analysis are expected tomorrow morning (Friday).
  • Whole fresh fruit and vegetables (except for leafy vegetables and root vegetables) cannot be moved outside of the Controlled Area.
  • Installation of signage on main arterial routes will be completed today, and other signage will be completed over the next 24 hours.
  • Special bins for the disposal of fruit and vegetable waste are being delivered to residents in Zone A – the area closest to the location of the fruit fly find.
  • Specially marked disposal bins are also being placed in locations in the wider Zone B – out to 1.5km from the find. The locations of these bins will be marked on a map and publicised by MPI.
  • KVH fully supports the response actions being taken by MPI as a result of the find.
  • We ask for the full cooperation of the public and businesses to comply with the containment rules established by MPI and assist wherever they can.

Market access

  • To date, no adverse reaction from trading partners.

Industry communications

  • KVH is part of the response governance group and will be getting regular updates from MPI.
  • KVH will provide regular updates to industry. These will be made available on the KVH website.
  • Detailed maps of the controlled area and a description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules can be found at www.biosecurity.govt.nz
Queensland Fruit Fly 18.02.15
18 February 2015
A single male Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found in a MPI trap in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn on Monday 16 February and was identified in a MPI laboratory in the afternoon on Tuesday 17...
Queensland Fruit Fly 18.02.15
18 February 2015

A single male Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found in a MPI trap in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn on Monday 16 February and was identified in a MPI laboratory in the afternoon on Tuesday 17 February.
 

  • Click here to read the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) media release.
  • Click here to read KVH’s fact sheet about Queensland Fruit Fly
     

MPI has placed legal controls on the movement of fruit and some vegetables outside of a defined circular area which extends 1.5km from where the fly was trapped in Grey Lynn. The Controlled Area takes in parts of Grey Lynn, Western Springs, Mt Albert, Ponsonby and Kingsland.
 

  • Click here to view more information on MPI's website including a map of the Controlled Area and movment control rules.

 

Whole fresh fruit and vegetables (except for leafy vegetables and root vegetables) cannot be moved outside of the Controlled Area.
 

The 1.5 kilometre Controlled Area Notice does not encompass any orchards or postharvest facilities.
 

To date only the one male insect has been found. This does not mean that there is a breeding population of Queensland fruit fly in New Zealand. This does not represent an incursion or outbreak of the fruit flies.
 

Starting today, and continuing over the next three days, properties within a 200m radius of the find will be visited by MPI, fruit trees will be examined and fruit will be collected for sampling.
 

Details of additional traps to be placed in the Controlled Area will be shared with industry once confirmed by MPI.
 

This response will likely continue for at least 14 days. After 14 days, and if no further evidence of fruit fly is found, we expect the response to conclude around Wednesday 4 March 2015.
 

The response, as it stands, does not impact on harvest or the 20105 shipping schedule.
 

KVH fully supports the response actions being taken by MPI as a result of the find.
 

We ask for the full cooperation of the public and businesses to comply with the containment rules established by MPI and assist wherever they can.
 

Market access
Relevant New Zealand offshore posts have been notified by MPI of the QFF find.
 

There are currently no kiwifruit movements/exports happening at the moment.
 

As only a single male fruit fly has been found, we don’t expect any market reaction.

Industry response
KVH and Pipfruit NZ are part of the response governance group and KVH have offered staff to the response.
 

No funding from industry will be required as cost-sharing for responses does not commence until 2017.
 

Industry concerns

  • Fruit fly is the kiwifruit industry’s ‘most unwanted’ pest and has the potential to have huge impacts on the kiwifruit industry.
  • QFF has been spreading in Australia and all of the Eastern Seaboard must be considered at risk.
  • There is a clear and present risk to NZ’s commercial and backyard production of fruit and vegetables from just across the Tasman.
  • This is the third fruit fly detection in the past 13 months – the costs of responses and the critical risks to our industry are unacceptably high.
  • History shows that the first four months of the year are the period of most risk (January to April).
  • KVH believe MPI need to put in place robust measures that better manage the escalating QFF risk from Australia, including the introduction of 100% X-ray screening of passengers from Australia during this high-risk period. KVH will raise this with Minister Guy and MPI.

 

Welcome to the first edition of the 2015 KVH Bulletin
5 February 2015
This year growers will notice some changes to the KVH Bulletin; the main change being a reduction to its frequency. Starting today, the KVH Bulletin will be reduced from a weekly to a fortnightly...
Welcome to the first edition of the 2015 KVH Bulletin
5 February 2015

This year growers will notice some changes to the KVH Bulletin; the main change being a reduction to its frequency. Starting today, the KVH Bulletin will be reduced from a weekly to a fortnightly publication.

If important news comes up during the fortnight, this will be immediately communicated through a ‘Special Edition’ of the KVH Bulletin. These will also be uploaded to the KVH website and notified on the homepage.

Feedback from a targeted survey carried out in December last year suggested growers preferred a less-regular KVH Bulletin and gave some valuable feedback to improve KVH communications overall.

Other improvements include more region-specific information, more visual images and data and information on the R&D programme. These will all be provided on a regular basis through the KVH Bulletin and include links to supporting information and R&D documents.

KVH is always keen to hear from growers about ways to improve communications and all feedback will be carefully considered. Please drop us an email at info@kvh.org.nz.

Lara Harrison, KVH Communications

Whats happening in Chile
5 February 2015
According to the latest Chilean survey carried out in November last year by SAG: Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero (Agricultural and Livestock Service), Psa has progressed further north from the...
Whats happening in Chile
5 February 2015

According to the latest Chilean survey carried out in November last year by SAG: Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero (Agricultural and Livestock Service), Psa has progressed further north from the Maule region into the O’Higgins region (previously not infected).

Three Chilean regions are now Psa positive:

  • Biobio – 15% of national production
  • Maule – 38% of national production (including 71% of Gold production)
  • O’Higgins – 36% of national production

SAG is the official Chilean State body responsible for supporting the development of Chile’s agriculture, forestry, and livestock industries by protecting and enhancing plant and animal health. They conduct annual surveys in November to report on the national progression of Psa.

Lara Harrison, KVH Communications

Kerikeri grower meeting - 10 February
5 February 2015
Northland growers are invited to a KVH grower meeting in Kerikeri next Tuesday. When: Tuesday 10 February at 2pm Where: The Turner Centre, 43 Cobham Road, Kerikeri Agenda items will...
Kerikeri grower meeting - 10 February
5 February 2015

Northland growers are invited to a KVH grower meeting in Kerikeri next Tuesday.

  • When: Tuesday 10 February at 2pm
  • Where: The Turner Centre, 43 Cobham Road, Kerikeri

Agenda items will include:

  • Disease progression in the region
  • Monitoring and removal of infection
  • Autumn / winter Psa management
  • Removal of Hort16A risk
New car import rules to keep stink bug out
5 February 2015
New treatment requirements for imported vehicles and machinery from the United States will help keep Brown Marmorated Stink Bug out of New Zealand, says the Ministry for Primary Industries. Read...
New car import rules to keep stink bug out
5 February 2015

New treatment requirements for imported vehicles and machinery from the United States will help keep Brown Marmorated Stink Bug out of New Zealand, says the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Read more on MPI’s website

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