In 2012 KVH was tasked by the kiwifruit industry to manage the wider biosecurity readiness, response and operational role on behalf of the kiwifruit industry. This role is about making sure we understand the high-risk pests and diseases that potentially threaten our industry, strengthening advocacy for better border biosecurity, working with government border agencies to keep these out and ensuring we are well prepared should they arrive. Image: Mediterranean fruit fly.
A focus of KVH's biosecurity role is to strengthen industry preparedness for future biosecurity incursions. This includes improving our understanding of high-risk pests and pathogens offshore, identifying and fulfilling research gaps and working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to ensure adequate protection across our entry pathways.
KVH has defined the role and how it will approach this, and presented to the IAC on 22 March 2013. A copy of the report is available on the link below.
A levy for biosecurity readiness and response activities and all related biosecurity activities of 0.6 cents per tray for all varieties came into effect on 6 March 2015. A copy of the levy is available below.
MPI and GIA partners hosted the Protecting to Grow New Zealand Biosecurity Forum in November, where Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, launched the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement.
KVH previously lodged a submission on the proposed Statement, on behalf of both kiwifruit and kiwiberry industries, supported by Zespri, New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated and New Zealand KiwiBerry Growers Incorporated.
The final version can be found at the link below.