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Biosecurity News
18 May 2017
Quick-view: biosecurity risk at a glance
18 May 2017
We’ve added a new resource to our website that gives you a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk to the kiwifruit industry. The KVH Dashboard is...
Quick-view: biosecurity risk at a glance
18 May 2017

We’ve added a new resource to our website that gives you a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk to the kiwifruit industry.

The KVH Dashboard is produced every three months to provide the industry with a view of the current biosecurity threat levels and our ability to respond and manage these threats should they arrive.

The single page view Dashboard includes links to more detail available online and summarises risk information relevant to the kiwifruit industry from latest reports by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Biosecurity News
18 May 2017
Packhouses raising the biosecurity bar
18 May 2017
KVH is currently completing annual packhouse site audits to confirm biosecurity measures are in place as per Packhouse Psa-V/Biosecurity Risk Management Plans. We have been impressed by the level...
Packhouses raising the biosecurity bar
18 May 2017

KVH is currently completing annual packhouse site audits to confirm biosecurity measures are in place as per Packhouse Psa-V/Biosecurity Risk Management Plans.

We have been impressed by the level of compliance and the commitment to biosecurity shown by staff at packing facilities.

Systems originally introduced for Psa will stand the industry in good stead should a new biosecurity incursion occur – e.g. bin sanitisation systems, management of reject fruit, and loadout procedures such as pre-loading inspections of sea containers for target organisms.

Yard staff are managing differing regional requirements for identification and segregation of bins, and those post-harvest facilities involved in harvest activities are maintaining high levels of on-orchard hygiene.

Overall, the audits are reflecting what KVH is pleased to see as a positive move towards biosecurity risk management measures becoming increasingly considered ‘business as usual’ by sites, and an integral part of running successful operations.

Grower News
18 May 2017
Myrtle rust disease and kiwifruit
18 May 2017
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed the presence of the myrtle rust plant disease on mainland New Zealand for the first time, in Kerikeri and Taranaki. Both finds were reported...
Myrtle rust disease and kiwifruit
18 May 2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed the presence of the myrtle rust plant disease on mainland New Zealand for the first time, in Kerikeri and Taranaki.

Both finds were reported to MPI by nurseries who we congratulate for being aware of what to look for and calling immediately something unusual was spotted.

This is an example of how important it is to be on the lookout – the sooner unwanted pests and diseases that make their way here are found, the more can be done to manage spread and take appropriate action.

Myrtle rust is a fungal infection that can travel long distances in the wind and attacks plants of the myrtaceae family. It doesn’t affect kiwifruit but could affect iconic New Zealand plants like pohutukawa, kanuka, manuka and rata, as well as commercially-grown species such as eucalyptus, guava and feijoa.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit vines this is an important and timely reminder for all growers to look out for symptoms on orchard myrtaceae trees. Look for:

• bright yellow powdery eruptions appearing on the underside of the leaf (young infection)
• bright yellow powdery eruptions on both sides of the leaf (mature infection)
• brown/grey rust pustules (older spores) can appear on older lesions
• leaves may become buckled or twisted and die off.

If you see any of these symptoms call MPI immediately on 0800 80 99 66. Take a photo but don’t touch or take samples as this might increase spread of the disease.

A myrtle rust fact sheet is available on the MPI website and there is also a lot of guidance available on the New Zealand Plant Producers site. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 May 2017
Good hygiene protocols important for biosecurity
18 May 2017
Last Friday afternoon the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) announced that a legal notice has been issued which makes it mandatory for...
Good hygiene protocols important for biosecurity
18 May 2017

Last Friday afternoon the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) announced that a legal notice has been issued which makes it mandatory for nurseries, retailers, and plant transporters to comply with NZPPI Myrtle Rust Risk Management Protocols.

In short, the notice requires that hygiene, containment and management protocols are followed to increase the chances of early detection and lower the possibility of any further spread of myrtle rust.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit vines this is an important and timely reminder for all growers that good hygiene practices should always be followed to help manage biosecurity threats.

Unwanted pests and diseases are easily spread through infected plant material and unclean machinery, tools, people and vehicles. Good hygiene practices are essential to help prevent their spread between vines, orchards and regions.

KVH hygiene recommendations are available in detail online. They key points are:

• Check and clean tools, vehicles, machinery, people and clothing.
• Ensure everything that comes on to your property is free from soil and plant material.
• Sanitise highest risk items and wash down dirty areas.
• Share information about biosecurity measures with your staff and contractors.

Myrtle rust could affect any native or exotic myrtle plants on your property – like feijoa or guava plants for example. Before harvest check these plants for any symptoms of the disease. You can read more about myrtle rust on the KVH website or visit the NZPPI website to view a complete list of all native and exotic myrtle plants in New Zealand.

If you see any of symptoms of myrtle rust or anything else unusual, call the MPI exotic pests and diseases hotline on 0800 80 99 66. Take a photo but don't attempt to touch or collect samples of myrtle rust as this may increase spread of the disease. 

Biosecurity News
18 May 2017
Kiwifruit production damaged by frosts in Italy
18 May 2017
Severe frosts that hit much of Europe in late April are estimated to have damaged up to 70% of kiwifruit production in a major Italian growing area. Low temperatures from 20-22 April appear to...
Kiwifruit production damaged by frosts in Italy
18 May 2017

Severe frosts that hit much of Europe in late April are estimated to have damaged up to 70% of kiwifruit production in a major Italian growing area.

Low temperatures from 20-22 April appear to have severely affected growers in the Lazio region, where around 30% of national production is based. The key points from the research are:

• There are about 6,000 hectares of kiwifruit (both yellow and green) between Latino and Rome, and the damage is between 60-70%
• Some orchards have 100% damage, some have none - especially in the higher areas
• Male plants were generally less affected than the smaller female plants
• Anti-hail nets provided some degree of protection, depending on location
• Yellow kiwifruit varieties had just started the flowering period when the frosts hit, while the green cultivars were a few days away from flowering
• There has also been damage in Piedmont (the country’s second most productive region) with damage estimates ranging from 10-30%.

We talked about the need to increase Psa protective sprays in line with seasonal weather changes in an April edition of the Bulletin after we had news out of northern Italy that following extensive wet and harsh weather, Psa symptoms indicate infection this spring is higher than previous years.

Following on from our own wet, windy weather we could see the same symptoms here in New Zealand next spring if the right action isn’t taken to protect orchards post-harvest.

Detailed information and guidance for protecting and managing orchards is available in the Psa-V Best Practice Guide available on the KVH website. 

Biosecurity News
18 May 2017
Most unwanted pest data released
18 May 2017
The highest risk period for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) is coming to an end and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released data summarising...
Most unwanted pest data released
18 May 2017

The highest risk period for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) is coming to an end and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released data summarising interceptions and interventions for the 2016/17 period.

KVH has made both the BMSB and QFF reports available online. Making data like this available is something that we’re committed to and have been working closely with MPI on this season to ensure correct, up-to-date information is shared that helps demonstrate the work taking place at our borders that industry is playing a key role in.

Although we’re not in the high-risk period at the moment there is never zero risk – growers are reminded to be on the lookout for these serious pests year-round. As mentioned in the last Bulletin, BMSB has been found in Chile. It’s the first southern hemisphere detection and increases the risk to us here as our seasons are compatible and BMSB could arrive year-round. 

Biosecurity News
18 May 2017
Implementing Biosecurity 2025
18 May 2017
Subscribe now to the brand-new newsletter all about what’s happening now that the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement has been launched. KVH and others across the kiwifruit industry were...
Implementing Biosecurity 2025
18 May 2017

Subscribe now to the brand-new newsletter all about what’s happening now that the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement has been launched.

KVH and others across the kiwifruit industry were involved in the development of the Biosecurity 2025 goals and we continue to be involved through working groups and planning teams. We encourage you to subscribe to the regular updates and share your ideas so that together – within our industry and communities – we help pull together an engaged team of 4.7 million people actively taking part in helping manage New Zealand’s biosecurity risk. 

R&D News
18 May 2017
Potential new frost fan technology
18 May 2017
KVH supports use of all technology available to growers that will avoid frost damage to vines which often results in Psa infection. Japanese representatives of a company that develops frost...
Potential new frost fan technology
18 May 2017

KVH supports use of all technology available to growers that will avoid frost damage to vines which often results in Psa infection.

Japanese representatives of a company that develops frost protection fans are in New Zealand this week meeting with growers about their new fan systems which they first presented at the Te Puke A&P show in February.

Their fans are used widely across high value tea plantations in Japan.

The team first visited KVH and Zespri two years ago to learn more about New Zealand kiwifruit growing, climatic conditions, and how they may be able to use their technology to support orchard management.

Trial fans have since been put in two kiwifruit orchards in the Te Puke region which will be tested again this year. A trial that has been in place for three years at a vineyard in Martinborough is proving successful. The fans are most applicable to small unprotected blocks or perhaps large blocks with pockets unprotected by current windmills. Blocks with challenges re water consents or looking to avoid water frost protection due to soil issues may also benefit.

Visit Fritons to find out more about the new technology.  

Grower News
15 May 2017
Importance of good hygiene practices highlighted by myrtle rust discovery
15 May 2017
On Friday afternoon the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) announced that a legal notice has been issued which makes it mandatory for...
Importance of good hygiene practices highlighted by myrtle rust discovery
15 May 2017

On Friday afternoon the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) announced that a legal notice has been issued which makes it mandatory for nurseries, retailers, and plant transporters to comply with NZPPI Myrtle Rust Risk Management Protocols.

In short, the notice requires that hygiene, containment and management protocols are followed to increase the chances of early detection and lower the possibility of any further spread of myrtle rust.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit vines this is an important and timely reminder for all growers that good hygiene practices should always be followed to help manage biosecurity threats.

Unwanted pests and diseases are easily spread through infected plant material and unclean machinery, tools, people and vehicles. Good hygiene practices are essential to help prevent their spread between vines, orchards and regions.

KVH hygiene recommendations are available in detail online. They key points are: 

·         Check and clean tools, vehicles, machinery, people and clothing.

·         Ensure everything that comes on to your property is free from soil  and plant material.

·         Sanitise highest risk items and wash down dirty areas.

·         Share information about biosecurity measures with your staff and contractors.

Myrtle rust could affect any native or exotic myrtle plants on your property – like feijoa or guava plants for example. Before harvest check these plants for any symptoms of the disease. You can read more about myrtle rust on the KVH website or visit the NZPPI website to view a complete list of all native and exotic myrtle plants in New Zealand.

If you see any of symptoms of myrtle rust or anything else unusual, call the MPI exotic pests and diseases hotline on 0800 80 99 66. Take a photo but don't attempt to touch or collect samples of myrtle rust as this may increase spread of the disease.

Biosecurity News
12 May 2017
Myrtle rust disease discovered in New Zealand
12 May 2017
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed the presence of the myrtle rust plant disease on mainland New Zealand for the first time, in Kerikeri. MPI, councils, the Department of...
Myrtle rust disease discovered in New Zealand
12 May 2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed the presence of the myrtle rust plant disease on mainland New Zealand for the first time, in Kerikeri.

MPI, councils, the Department of Conservation, industry and iwi are all working together to contain the disease.

What is myrtle rust?

Myrtle rust is a fungal infection that can travel long distances in the wind and attacks plants of the myrtaceae family. It could affect iconic New Zealand plants like pohutukawa, kanuka, manuka and rata, as well as commercially-grown species such as eucalyptus, guava and feijoa.

What to look out for

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit vines this is an important and timely reminder for all growers to look out for symptoms on their native myrtaceae trees. Look for:

• bright yellow powdery eruptions appearing on the underside of the leaf (young infection)
• bright yellow powdery eruptions on both sides of the leaf (mature infection)
• brown/grey rust pustules (older spores) can appear on older lesions
• leaves may become buckled or twisted and die off.

If you see any of these symptoms call the MPI exotic pests and dieases hotline on 0800 80 99 66. Take a photo but don't attempt to touch or collect samples as this may increase spread of the disease.

A myrtle rust fact sheet is available on the MPI website and there is also a lot of guidance available on the New Zealand Plant Producers site including a complete list of all native and exotic myrtle family plants in New Zealand.

*Home page photo credit Forest & Kim Starr

Biosecurity News
4 May 2017
Air New Zealand flies the biosecurity flag
4 May 2017
We were delighted to spot a biosecurity message at the bottom of each page of a lucky travellers Air New Zealand e-tickets recently.   The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) worked with the...
Air New Zealand flies the biosecurity flag
4 May 2017
We were delighted to spot a biosecurity message at the bottom of each page of a lucky travellers Air New Zealand e-tickets recently.
 
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) worked with the airline to champion key biosecurity messaging that is clear, simple, and because it’s in bright yellow it’s also hard to miss. Having key organisations like Air New Zealand onboard is just what we need to keep seeing as part of raising the profile of biosecurity at the border.
 
Grower News
4 May 2017
Rules for importing kiwifruit seed
4 May 2017
Thanks to information provided by a local grower, KVH was recently alerted to an international website offering a range of kiwifruit seed varieties for sale. This is concerning because buying seeds...
Rules for importing kiwifruit seed
4 May 2017
Thanks to information provided by a local grower, KVH was recently alerted to an international website offering a range of kiwifruit seed varieties for sale. This is concerning because buying seeds online for import into New Zealand could risk introducing a plant disease.
 
KVH has worked with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to confirm the rules around importing kiwifruit seed and ensure MPI enforcement staff are aware of the site. 
 
There are strict rules around importing any kiwifruit seed. Seed intended for growing requires a permit to import and phytosanitary certificate. It must be imported into post entry quarantine where it will be grown and checked for a range of viruses and other plant disease organisms.  No seeds will be given biosecurity clearance; only plants which have been inspected and tested will be eligible for clearance.
 
MPI enforce all requirements and investigate any report of kiwifruit plants grown from unapproved seed imports. 
 
Please alert MPI if you are aware of any unapproved kiwifruit seed imports by calling the MPI exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66. 

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