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KVH Annual Update 2015/16
The KVH Annual Update 2015/16 was developed for the KVH 2016 AGM. It gives an overview of KVH activities and progress during this period. 

Psa - 2015/16 year in review

KVH has developed a report of Psa observations throughout the regions during 2015/16 growing season - click here to view.

Avoiding complacency in kiwifruit biosecurity

Kiwifruit growers are aware that a future biosecurity incursion is a significant risk, if not the greatest risk, to their investment in kiwifruit. Yet on most orchards, biosecurity practices have slipped from where they were several years ago. What are the reasons behind this? Are growers becoming complacent, or have we just settled on a new norm that is appropriate for the current level of risk?

As part of the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme, Matt Dyck, KVH Biosecurity Analyst, recently completed a project to determine if on-orchard biosecurity practices are slipping, the barriers that might be causing this, and the opportunities to overcome these barriers so that the kiwifruit industry is prepared for a future biosecurity incursion.

The study found that for most growers, thinking about “risk” does not extend beyond Psa, at least not in terms of their own on-orchard practices. Most growers believe they are doing what is necessary to manage “risk” (of Psa). However, this falls below what most subject experts would recommend as a minimum standard to reduce the impacts of a future biosecurity incursion. If every grower maintained a baseline of minimum on-orchard biosecurity practices, even in the absence of an imminent threat, the industry would be more likely to reduce the spread of a new pest or pathogen before it is detected. For many incursions this might determine whether eradication is feasible or not, outcomes which hold significant financial implications for growers

KVH will be implementing the recommendations of this report to creating an industry working group, to involve growers and the wider industry in the development of on-orchard biosecurity guidelines and ensure they are practical, fit for purpose and have the support and ownership of the industry from an early stage. The development of these guidelines is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

KVH Annual Update 2014
The KVH Annual Update was developed ifor the 2014 KVH AGM. It gives an overview of KVH activities over the last last 12 months.

Independent Sapere Review—Lessons learned from the response to Psa-V
On 20 November KVH released an independent review by the Sapere Research Group on how the industry responded to the 2010 arrival of Psa-V into New Zealand.

The Sapere Research Group was commissioned by the KVH Board in June 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 report 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 the industry is focussed in the right areas.

Click on the links below to view the Sapere Report and a document setting out the recommendations and how KVH proposes to address them.

Hort16A Analysis
KVH has carried out an analysis to see how much Hort16A now remains in each growing region. Information has been compiled from current spray diaries. Another Hort16A analysis will be carried out post-harvest when updated spray diaries can give a more accurate level of Hort16A planted in New Zealand

Chile visit—assessing impacts of Psa-V and to better coordinate research efforts (20.02.14)
In January 2014, KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil and Zespri Innovation Leader David Tanner visited Chile and meet with industry leaders, government officials and university experts to assess the progress made by Chile in overcoming the impacts of Psa-V, and to strengthen the research efforts between the two countries.

Click here to view the Chilean report.

Brazil visit—investigation of orchards affected by Ceratocystis fimbriata (20.02.14) 
Barry and David also visited the South Brazilian region of Farroupilha to investigate the situation of kiwifruit vines dying from the fungal pathogen Ceratocystis fimbriata. The trip involved visiting the affected region in Rio Grande do Sol, looking at orchards and meeting with researchers who had observed the situation.

Click here to view the Brazilian report.

Strategy papers – wider biosecurity and Psa-V management (20.02.14)
In January 2014 the KVH Board met for a strategy session to discuss and plan KVH’s future direction and ongoing role of wider biosecurity and Psa-V management.  Two documents have been developed outlining these strategies, including objectives, core components and planned business models for delivering on these.

Click here to view the KVH Strategy Paper—Psa-V management
Click here to view KVH Strategy Paper—Wider biosecurity role

Costs of Psa-V to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry and the wider community—a report by Lincoln University’s Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (09.05.12)
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has released a report on the impact of the vine-killing disease, Psa-V, which confirms the significant setback the disease has dealt to the kiwifruit industry and the wider communities which rely on it. Click on the link below to view the report.

Click here to view the report.

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Kiwifruit Vine Health

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PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

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