The kiwifruit industry has introduced biosecurity controls to reduce the risk of pests and diseases being spread through the movement of nursery plants. The Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) is a major component of this and ensures all nurseries selling kiwifruit plants are managing biosecurity risk. There are also biosecurity controls for growers to manage the risk associated with smaller volumes of plant movements and to do so in a manner that is not unnecessarily restrictive on orchard operation.
The movement of plant material is considered a high-risk pathway for transporting pests and pathogens over long distances. This includes our known pests and pathogens such as Cherry leaf roll virus and Psa, but also other threats that may be present in New Zealand but not yet detected, such as Ceratocystis fimbriata. Without biosecurity controls on internal pathways, a new pest or pathogen is likely to be widespread by the time it is detected and the window for eradication may have been missed. Therefore all nurseries and growers must meet their biosecurity responsibilities when moving rootstocks.
There are three options available for sourcing or producing nursery plants:
(See below for more detail)
All nurseries and growers must follow requirements in the KVH Protocol: Nursery Stock, which includes a summary all movement controls. These movement controls are underpinned by a legal movement control notice and are enforceable under the Biosecurity Act.
Growers wishing to purchase plants, please see the nursery list below;
This list contains nurseries who have already met KPCS requirements. It will also be continually updated to include all Nurseries who are intending to sell KPCS plants and are currently transitioning to meet these requirements. Growers are able to order plants from nurseries in transition, however plants are not able to move off the property until the nurseries have met the KPCS requirements.
Growers wishing to produce small volumes for their own use;
Grow for Your Own Use
KPCS information for kiwifruit growers:
A nursery is defined as any person or other entity that propagates Actinidia plant species to any age for sale or movement outside of the property.
All kiwifruit nurseries are subject to specific requirements and movement controls under the NPMP. Only certified plants may be sold although growers are still able to produce plants for their own use.
Options For Sourcing Plants
There are two options for certified plants under the KPCS Scheme.
Steps to achieve Certification
See also documentation in the Nursery Starter Pack below.
Nursery Starter Pack
Nurseries interested in joining the KPCS can download the following starter-pack documents:
Nursery biosecurity—best practice fact sheets
To minimise biosecurity risks across the supply chain and to assist nurseries in meeting the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme Standard, KVH has produced a series of factsheets on biosecurity best practice for kiwifruit nurseries. An independent nursery expert has assisted KVH in developing these factsheets which are aligned with key components of the KPCS Standard. These factsheets will be added to over time and currently include:
KVH approved Psa-V testing laboratories
Phone: 07 858 2000