Appropriate hygiene measures must be taken to minimise the risk of transferring Psa-V from vine to vine or between orchards. Psa-V is easily spread through infected plant material. The disease can also be transferred through orchard machinery, pruning tools, equipment, clothes and vehicles which are not cleaned. Therefore orchard-hygiene practices are very important to help prevent the disease spreading.
Orchard hygiene documents
The documents below cover minimal recommended best practice for general orchard hygiene as well as recommended hygiene practices during harvesting, packing and sanitisation considerations for bins. Growers may elect to use additional (more precautious) measures if they wish.
One page best-practice summaries
To assist growers, KVH has also developed a simple, one-page information sheets.
Orchard Psa-V biosecurity pocket guide and video—orchard hygiene practices during harvest
Movement of plant material during harvest is a major concern for the kiwifruit industry in the Psa-V environment. Everyone in contact with orchards at this time of the year must be fully aware of best orchard-hygiene and biosecurity practices.
KVH, with the support of NZ Kiwifruit Contractors Inc, has produced an Orchard Psa-V Biosecurity Guide and short instructional video about essential orchard hygiene practices to help promote these messages. These tools are quick, step-by-step, visual reference guides for use by all growers, on-orchard harvest workers, auditors, transporters, packhouses and harvest contractors.
The pocket guides are available from your packhouse, regional co-ordinator, New Zealand Kiwifruit Contractors Inc (NZKCI), NZKGI and KVH 0800 665 825 or email@example.com. Poster versions can be found here.
The short instructional video has been produced in English and Punjabi. Click on the links below to view the video.