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Peter Silcock joins KVH Board of Directors
27 November 2014
The KVH Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Silcock as an Independent Director. Peter is the Chief Executive of Horticulture New Zealand, the industry...
Peter Silcock joins KVH Board of Directors
27 November 2014

The KVH Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Silcock as an Independent Director.

Peter is the Chief Executive of Horticulture New Zealand, the industry representative body for New Zealand’s 5000 commercial fruit and vegetable growers.

The KVH Board believes Peter will make a significant contribution to the strategic approach being pursued by KVH in the area of wider biosecurity risk management for the kiwifruit industry.

Peter’s knowledge and understanding of the commercial horticulture sector in New Zealand is considerable and highly respected by growers, colleagues and government agencies.

New MPI representative on KVH Board
27 November 2014
The KVH Board welcomes Jarred Mair, MPI’s representative to the KVH Board. Jarred is the Director of Sector Policy within MPI’s Policy Branch.  He leads a team of policy,...
New MPI representative on KVH Board
27 November 2014

The KVH Board welcomes Jarred Mair, MPI’s representative to the KVH Board.
Jarred is the Director of Sector Policy within MPI’s Policy Branch.  He leads a team of policy, competition and economic experts to provide advice and economic analysis to support primary sector growth.

Jarred was previously an Associate Director at Deloitte New Zealand leading a team specialising in economic development, strategy and operations, and New Zealand’s primary sector development.

During this period Jarred headed the development of national strategies for Horticulture and Red Meat and developed and implemented several large innovation programmes to transform the performance and structure of New Zealand’s meat sector.

KVH Board welcomes Lorry Leydon as Associate Director
27 November 2014
The KVH Board is also pleased to announce Lorry Leydon as its new Associate Director. Lorry’s appointment becomes effective in January 2015. The selection panel were overwhelmed by the calibre...
KVH Board welcomes Lorry Leydon as Associate Director
27 November 2014

The KVH Board is also pleased to announce Lorry Leydon as its new Associate Director. Lorry’s appointment becomes effective in January 2015.

The selection panel were overwhelmed by the calibre of all the applications and Lorry was selected after a rigorous recruitment process. It was pleasing to recognise many of the industry’s future leaders through this process, indicating the future of the industry is in good hands!

The purpose of this newly created role is to provide a development opportunity for a future leader to gain experience in governance, leadership and strategy while bringing their own industry knowledge to the KVH Board table.

Lorry is a Client Services Manager and Psa Technical Officer at DMS Progrowers Ltd. The KVH Board looks forward to welcoming Lorry to the Board table in January.

High inoculum levels in Psa-affected flower buds
27 November 2014
Samples of infected Hayward flower buds taken from a site with extensive leaf-spotting and flower-bud browning were tested and showed Psa-V levels of 3.3 x10⁷ on the surface of the flower buds....
High inoculum levels in Psa-affected flower buds
27 November 2014

Samples of infected Hayward flower buds taken from a site with extensive leaf-spotting and flower-bud browning were tested and showed Psa-V levels of 3.3 x10⁷ on the surface of the flower buds.

This inoculum level is very high and similar to levels used experimentally to inoculate in potted plant trials. The result illustrates potential levels of inoculum in canopies with severe leaf-spotting and the value of effective spray programmes.

Trials continue this season to identify spray programmes that provide efficacy in minimising Psa-V infection through spring. These provide evidence of the value for growers of maintaining a proactive programme to protect vines from leaf and bud infection.

A short video demonstrating the effectiveness of spray applications in Psa-V management compares the health of vines sprayed and unsprayed rows and is available on the ZESPRI Canopy here.

As leaf spot can continue to be an inoculum source, with the edges of spots producing inoculum when high-risk weather conditions favour Psa-V multiplication, continuation of copper spray programmes beyond fruit set are recommended . Copper should be applied at summer rates in response to high-risk weather.  An application is recommended following male pruning to protect wounds. Frequency of sprays can reduce as temperatures increase and moisture levels fall reducing Psa-V infection risk.

The KVH Psa-V Risk Model can be used as a guide for growers in planning timing of orchard activities.

Opotiki region update
27 November 2014
KVH staff visited the Opotiki region this week to discuss how Psa-V was progressing in the region this year. Growers generally commented that although leaf spotting had become more prevalent in the...
Opotiki region update
27 November 2014

KVH staff visited the Opotiki region this week to discuss how Psa-V was progressing in the region this year. Growers generally commented that although leaf spotting had become more prevalent in the last few weeks, the level of flower-bud infection was thought to be lower than last year on both Hayward and G14 orchards visited.

Overall, orchard managers were pleased with the level of Psa-V control being achieved through the use of comprehensive spray programmes despite wetter and colder spring conditions than in past years.

As with other regions, stressed blocks showed higher levels of Psa-V. One very cold block on tough soil showed around 30% flower-bud drop. This illustrates the effects of environmental impacts on disease expression.

Improved orchard drainage (pictured) was seen as an opportunity to improve general vine health and reduce vine susceptibility to Psa-V.

Ambitious has been widely used in the region as part of protective spray programmes and also as a tool to improve overall leaf health.  Good results were being achieved on many orchards. Excellent male management has also assured good pollen supply from orchards in the region.

KVH Annual General Meeting
27 November 2014
KVH Incorporated (KVHI) and The KVH Foundation Incorporated (KVHF) held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26 November. All resolutions put forward to the members were approved. Click...
KVH Annual General Meeting
27 November 2014

KVH Incorporated (KVHI) and The KVH Foundation Incorporated (KVHF) held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26 November. All resolutions put forward to the members were approved.

  • Click here to view the resolutions and their explanations.
  • Click here for the AGM documents including the Financial Statements, Chairman’s Report and the KVH Activity Report.
KVH Media Release - Psa-V report confirms industry on recovery pathway
20 November 2014
An independent review by the Sapere Research Group on how the industry responded to the 2010 arrival of Psa-V into New Zealand has been released today. Click here. The report, which states that...
KVH Media Release - Psa-V report confirms industry on recovery pathway
20 November 2014

An independent review by the Sapere Research Group on how the industry responded to the 2010 arrival of Psa-V into New Zealand has been released today. Click here.

The report, which states that the ‘New Zealand kiwifruit industry has quickly become the world leader in Psa-V management’, includes several recommendations for industry and Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) to consider going forward.

“Many of the recommendations have already been put in place by the industry and KVH, while others are under action and some will result in new work. Overall this confirms KVH is focussed in the right areas,” said KVH Chairman Peter Ombler.

“In particular, we are now working much closer with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other industries to ensure we are better prepared going forward. This has been a major focus since KVH was given the mandate to lead wider biosecurity for the industry.

“To ensure we are in a much stronger position for future biosecurity incursions that could harm our industry, we must take forward the learnings from the Psa-V response.”

The focus of the review was on the overall decision-making, information flows, systems and processes that were in place at the time of the Psa-V incursion and during the response.

 “The arrival of Psa-V into New Zealand had a major impact on our industry. While we responded strongly with every resource we had at the time, we were not prepared to deal with such a significant incursion.”

“During the response a number of industry people and leaders really stepped up and showed outstanding leadership while under a tremendous amount of pressure. The strength of the coordinated industry structure was very evident and a key enabler in the industry’s ability to respond. Growers came together and took decisive action during a very difficult time.”

The Sapere team carried out the review based on background information leading up to and including the current National Pest Management Plan; and a series of interviews with a broad range of industry and MPI representatives who were present at the time of the incursion.

The Sapere Research Group was commissioned by the KVH Board and selected following a tender process.

The aim of the review was to identify lessons learned from the response to the Psa-V incursion that could be used to support future responses to new pest and disease arrivals that could impact the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. The review does not examine how Psa-V may have arrived in New Zealand.

A summary of recommendations from the review and how KVH proposes to address them is also available on the KVH website – click here.

KVH is now seeking industry feedback on the KVH proposal by Friday 28 November. Feedback can be sent to KVH by email info@kvh.org.nz or by posting to PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149 by 5pm, Friday 28 November.
   
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For media enquires:
Peter Ombler, KVH Chairman 0274 915 571
 

Industry response capability workshop - introducing KiwiNet
20 November 2014
KVH will host an industry biosecurity capability network workshop on 2 December for nominated capability co-ordinators from Zespri and post-harvest entities. The aim of the workshop is to consolidate...
Industry response capability workshop - introducing KiwiNet
20 November 2014

KVH will host an industry biosecurity capability network workshop on 2 December for nominated capability co-ordinators from Zespri and post-harvest entities. The aim of the workshop is to consolidate the kiwifruit industry’s biosecurity readiness and response capability and to form ‘KiwiNet’, the team that will coordinate these activities for the industry going forward.

A response simulation for our industry will be held during the workshop to provide a practical context.

North-West Auckland - new positive result
20 November 2014
Last week KVH received a positive Psa-V test result from an orchard in the North-West Auckland region. This is only the second positive test result in the region and the first in 12 months....
North-West Auckland - new positive result
20 November 2014

Last week KVH received a positive Psa-V test result from an orchard in the North-West Auckland region. This is only the second positive test result in the region and the first in 12 months. North-West Auckland is classified as an Exclusion region with a Controlled Area Notice in place.  The new positive test result was from an orchard located within the Controlled Area.

KVH has updated the North-West Auckland Controlled Area Protocol to include a number of requirements to minimise the risk of Psa-V spreading to other orchards in the region.

All growers in the North-West Auckland Controlled Area are required to:

  • Adhere to movement restrictions in the North-West Auckland Controlled Area Protocol. Any movement of equipment between orchards within the Controlled Area must receive prior-approval from KVH.
  • Monitor all orchards and report results to KVH on a fortnightly basis over the next six weeks. First results are due to KVH by Friday 21 November 2014. Please use the online template here.
  • Ensure they have a comprehensive Psa –V crop protection programme in place, particularly around high-risk weather events.
  • Ensure all staff and visitors entering and exiting the orchard are aware of, and are carrying out orchard hygiene best practice.

Growers with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact KVH on 0800 665 825.

Edgecumbe update
20 November 2014
KVH staff visited Edgecumbe orchards this week to meet with growers and discuss Psa-V progression on orchards in the region this year. Like other regions, spring has generally been cool, wet and...
Edgecumbe update
20 November 2014

KVH staff visited Edgecumbe orchards this week to meet with growers and discuss Psa-V progression on orchards in the region this year.

Like other regions, spring has generally been cool, wet and windy in Edgecumbe. Two hail events have also occurred, with the most recent last Thursday coming just before pollination of Hayward. These conditions have been challenging.

Overall, more comprehensive spray programmes have been adopted by most growers in the region. Both KeyStrepto™ and Actigard™ have been widely used in conjunction with copper on a regular basis.

On Gold3 blocks visited, expression of Psa-V symptoms was still occurring with cane dieback and some whole cane collapse seen on more challenged sites. Older, apparently healed cankers were also active on some plants.  One block which had young Gold3 plants with scions inadvertently girdled last February, was showing die-back and red exudate around the girdle site.

In contrast, girdles correctly applied to mature stumps remained clear of symptoms. This reinforced the message of care needed when girdling young plants and particularly in high Psa-V risk environments. As expected, levels of symptoms varied between blocks with disease expression appearing worse on cooler or stressed sites. All Gold3 growers in the area are advised to continue actively monitoring and cutting out symptoms to reduce the spread of the disease.

The extent of symptoms on Hayward blocks was quite variable. Growers commented that signs of leaf spotting and bud browning had begun to appear over the past month and in some blocks rapid acceleration of leaf-spot had been seen in the past week after a period of wet windy weather. For some growers there is concern about the potential impact of Psa-V on pollination and fruit set. Artificial pollination will be used as a tool to mitigate risk.

One Hayward site visited highlighted the value of a comprehensive spray programme. Control rows (with no sprays applied) showed severe leaf spotting and significant loss of female flower-buds, while adjacent rows were relatively symptom free and carried good cop loads. Three applications of KeyStrepto™ and four coppers had been applied since bud-break.

  • Click here to view a comparison between side-by-side Hayward rows—one that received a comprehensive spray programme, and adjacent vines that did not receive any spray protection over spring.

A G14 block visited showed increasing signs of bud rot despite an active protective spray programme.

Overall, Psa-V continues to make growing in this region a challenge. However, growers in general were quietly confident of a better fruit set than was achieved in 2013. Several Psa-V related trials continue within the Edgecumbe area. 

Independent Sapere Review - lessons learned from the response to Psa-V
20 November 2014
An independent review by the Sapere Research Group on how the industry responded to the 2010 arrival of Psa-V into New Zealand has been released today. Click here. The Sapere Research Group was...
Independent Sapere Review - lessons learned from the response to Psa-V
20 November 2014

An independent review by the Sapere Research Group on how the industry responded to the 2010 arrival of Psa-V into New Zealand has been released today. Click here.

The Sapere Research Group was commissioned by the KVH Board and selected following a tender process.

The aim of the review was to identify lessons learned from the response to the Psa-V incursion that could be used to support future responses to new pest and disease arrivals that could impact the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

The review includes several recommendations for industry and KVH to consider going forward. Many of the recommendations have already been put in place by the industry and KVH, while others are under action and some will result in new work. Overall this confirms KVH is focussed in the right areas.

A document setting out the recommendations and how KVH proposes to address each of them has been prepared. Click here.

KVH is now seeking feedback from growers and the industry on this approach. Feedback can be sent to KVH by email info@kvh.org.nz or by post: PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui by Friday 28 November 2014.

Click here to read KVH’s Media Release.

Yellow Spotted Stink Bug found in South Canterbury
13 November 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has initiated a biosecurity response following confirmation of a single, unmated female Yellow Spotted Stink Bug (YSSB) found last week in Temuka, South...
Yellow Spotted Stink Bug found in South Canterbury
13 November 2014

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has initiated a biosecurity response following confirmation of a single, unmated female Yellow Spotted Stink Bug (YSSB) found last week in Temuka, South Canterbury.

KVH has notified ‘KiwiNet’ – a group of industry people selected by their organisations to form the kiwifruit industry capability network for biosecurity readiness and response.

MPI are asking the South Canterbury community to help by looking out for any further YSSB bugs and to call the Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline 0800 80 99 66 to report any suspect sightings.

MPI occasionally intercept live and dead specimens of YSSB. To date, these have all been single individual bugs - not breeding populations.

MPI investigators have carried out surveillance at the property and surrounding area where the bug was found to confirm there are no more present. Nearby transitional facilities have also been inspected and no further finds have been made.

Limited information is available on the potential impacts and host range of this species. However, the host range could include several species of economic importance to New Zealand. At this stage it is unknown whether kiwifruit would be significantly impacted if the YSSB was to establish in New Zealand.

YSSB isn’t considered as potentially damaging as Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Unlike BMSB, YSSB is not known to be an urban nuisance pest anywhere in the world.

YSSB is typically a hitchhiker pest, which means, for example, that they could arrive here from overseas in containers or used machinery and vehicles.

This is the first biosecurity response carried out under the Government Industry Agreement on biosecurity readiness and response (GIA). Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) is working in partnership with MPI and Pipfruit NZ.

For more details and a description, please see the Yellow Spotted Stink Bug fact sheet here.

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