A4: A NPMP would provide a ‘level playing field’ for everyone involved in the industry. Therefore, the actions or inactions of one individual would not be putting other growers at risk. It would provide for the industry to work together to manage Psa-V and in doing re-establish a profitable industry.
The NPMP would establish three types of regions based on the level and distribution of Psa-V found within a geographical region. Each type of region would have its own set of clear objectives based on whether or not Psa-V is present, and the objectives would reflect what the industry and growers want to achieve. These three types of regions would be:
Exclusion regions—regions which do not have Psa-V identified. The objective for these regions is to maintain freedom of Psa-V. They include Kerikeri, Whangarei, Auckland, Coromandel, Hawkes Bay, Nelson/Motueka/Golden Bay, Gisborne and Whanganui/Horowhenua and Waikato. (Note: South Waikato and Coromandel have recently discovered Psa-V positive orchards. However, they are yet to be re-classified as ‘containment’ regions under the proposed NPMP).
Containment regions—regions with limited disease. The objective for these regions would be aggressive containment to limit the spread and impacts of Psa-V. They include Katikati, Franklin and Tauranga West.
Recovery regions—heavily infected regions. The objective would be to support the recovery pathway to commercial kiwifruit production by providing a significant reduction in Psa-V inoculum and therefore associated disease incidence. This region includes Te Puke, Opotiki, Waihi, Tauranga East and Whakatane.