Best orchard practices require growers to have a good monitoring strategy in place for early detection of Psa-V symptoms. Spring and Autumn are considered high-risk infection periods.
Growers are strongly encouraged to monitor orchards regularly and report suspicious findings to their Packhouse Psa Manager, or directly to KVH, to confirm the symptoms are typical of Psa-V. The Packhouse Psa Manager will then organise sampling and testing.
Absence of obvious symptoms does not necessarily mean absence of Psa-V. Continue with regular monitoring, even if no symptoms are found. Identifying any changes in the level, or degree of symptoms, is key to rapid response in the event of an incursion.
Any person who identifies potential symptoms of Psa-V on an orchard for the first time must report the potential symptoms within 48 hours of identification.
Monitoring resources are available on the links below.
Psa-V yearly monitoring guide (23.08.12)
Mandatory Monitoring—please click here for further informtion and templates.
KVH are asking all packhouses to ensure their growers’ orchards are monitored for Psa-V at the times detailed above.
KVH will send out survey sheets at the end of each monitoring round. These need to be completed and returned to KVH by the due date for each round as detailed above.
KVH will summarise the information from each round and report to the industry on the findings.
It is essential that staff monitoring orchards for Psa symptoms have been trained appropriately to ensure that early signs of infection are not missed. Please find the following resources for packhouse staff.