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Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
KVH awards biosecurity prize
14 December 2017
KVH has sponsored one of the inaugural prizes in biosecurity for the year 4 BioSci 751 class at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland. The aim of this prize is to encourage...
KVH awards biosecurity prize
14 December 2017

KVH has sponsored one of the inaugural prizes in biosecurity for the year 4 BioSci 751 class at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland.

The aim of this prize is to encourage students to take up post graduate research in biosecurity related projects.

The prize was awarded to Isobel King (far right in the image) by Head of Department, Eileen McLaughlin.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Actinidia Import Health Standard update
14 December 2017
As mentioned in October’s Bulletin, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is working on an Import Health Standard for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in...
Actinidia Import Health Standard update
14 December 2017

As mentioned in October’s Bulletin, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is working on an Import Health Standard for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture). This pathway has not been active since 2013 as a result of the Psa incursion.

The importation of new kiwifruit material is recognised as an important component in maintaining the competitive advantage of our industry, however the risk of introducing new biosecurity threats must be carefully managed. Tissue culture is regarded as the most promising process for producing clean material and provides the opportunity for verification measures to be included in the production process to ensure risks are managed to an acceptable level.

MPI have completed the first step of the process, a pathway risk assessment to identify biosecurity threats that could potentially enter New Zealand on this pathway from any country. This risk assessment is now being internally peer reviewed at MPI and will be circulated to KVH and other stakeholders for external review before Christmas.  

A Risk Management Plan is currently being written to identify how these threats will be managed to ensure that any associated biosecurity risks are fully addressed.

Public consultation will occur with industry in 2018 and KVH will keep growers fully informed before any decisions are made on the outcome of this pathway.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
KVH visits fruit importers
14 December 2017
New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can always...
KVH visits fruit importers
14 December 2017

New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can always strengthen the system and further reduce the risk by not taking imported fruit into orchards or discarding waste material near vines.

Over the last fortnight, KVH visited several key fruit importers to raise awareness of biosecurity threats, highlight steps they can take to mitigate risk, and spread the message on the importance of biosecurity to our industry.

We also distributed posters with important and useful information on pests to look out for that importers can display at their facilities.

Thanks to all the importers we visited. The level of awareness about unwanted pests has impressed us, as has the level of co-operation and willingness to contribute to ideas to improve biosecurity. 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Look out for unwanted travellers this Christmas
14 December 2017
The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage. Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and...
Look out for unwanted travellers this Christmas
14 December 2017

The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage.

Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and check any packages or bags from overseas for hitchhiking pests like Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

Open overseas parcels in a closed room and if you find anything unusual, catch it, photograph it, and report it. 
Watch and share a short video about checking parcels for unwanted visitors.

Kiwifruit growers and other passengers associated with primary sectors travelling over the Christmas and New Year period may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because they potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

KVH has put together a useful
fact sheet outlining what kiwifruit growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home. 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Stop the spread of Alligator Weed
14 December 2017
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) is working hard this summer to make sure an invasive pest plant doesn’t establish and spread. Alligator Weed can choke drains, exacerbate flooding,...
Stop the spread of Alligator Weed
14 December 2017

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) is working hard this summer to make sure an invasive pest plant doesn’t establish and spread.

Alligator Weed can choke drains, exacerbate flooding, out-grow good pasture and, for our farming neighbours, cause significant issues for livestock if it’s eaten. It has been found on around 20 sites in east and west Bay of Plenty over the years.

There are also a few known kiwifruit orchards with the weed and the very co-operative orchardists are working with the BOPRC to help minimise the risk of its spread with good machine hygiene and regular monitoring.

Alligator Weed is deep rooted, very invasive and difficult to control with herbicides permitted for use in an orchard. It can also be difficult to identify as it dies back completely in the winter months, grows in a variety of habitats, and looks different in wet or dry forms.

KVH and the BOPRC ask orchardists to keep an eye out for the weed and report any signs or symptoms to the Council on 0800 884 880. Don’t try and remove it or kill it yourself as that may risk further spread.

BOPRC are also contacting high-risk properties (those that neighbour a known site or may have been in the floodpath of waters carrying fragments of Alligator Weed from a known site) over the summer to provide detailed information and advice.

If you want to know more about Alligator Weed, what it looks like, and what to do, visit the BOPRC website.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Copper product label update
14 December 2017
AG Copp 75 (cuprous oxide) now holds a full label claim for Psa protection. AG Copp 75 moved to the KVH product list in 2015 supported by a limited label claim for Psa protection with additional...
Copper product label update
14 December 2017

AG Copp 75 (cuprous oxide) now holds a full label claim for Psa protection. AG Copp 75 moved to the KVH product list in 2015 supported by a limited label claim for Psa protection with additional trial data provided to ACVM now supporting movement to a full label claim.

AG Copp 75 holds BioGro certification and may be used on conventional and organic orchards. As with other copper products, AG Copp 75 is not recommended for use on open flowers and may not be applied within seven days of harvest.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Myrtle rust update
14 December 2017
There have been many new myrtle rust finds confirmed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently, bringing the total of infected sites up to 172 as at the last official update. 11 new...
Myrtle rust update
14 December 2017

There have been many new myrtle rust finds confirmed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently, bringing the total of infected sites up to 172 as at the last official update.

11 new sites have been confirmed in Auckland (largely around the Eastern Suburbs), a second site has been confirmed in Lower Hutt (close to the original site), three new sites were found in the Bay of Plenty, and one in the Waikato. There is now a total of 40 confirmed sites in the Bay of Plenty.

The first infection in feijoa plants has also been confirmed.

There are comprehensive information sheets available on the MPI website with specific advice for beekeepers, orchardists, nursery owners, and feijoa growers. All nurseries and suppliers should check and follow the NZPPI website for hygiene protocols for plants susceptible to myrtle rust.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit plants or vines, you may see it on other plants on your orchard or home garden. If you find it, don’t touch it – take a photo and call MPI on 0800 80 99 66.

A free app has also been created so people can quickly and easily let officials know if they suspect they’ve found symptoms. Myrtle Rust Reporter can be used for observing and mapping common host plants that may be susceptible to the fungus, getting assistance from others to confirm identifications, and making reports.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Latest fruit fly interceptions
14 December 2017
The latest KVH risk update for fruit flies has been published. Incorporating the latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) the update includes border interceptions over the...
Latest fruit fly interceptions
14 December 2017

The latest KVH risk update for fruit flies has been published.

Incorporating the latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) the update includes border interceptions over the high-risk period so far, and updated surveillance trapping information.

The risk period for fruit flies stretches over the summer until June. Remain vigilant, know what to look for, and what to do if you suspect you may have found any kind of unwanted fruit fly. Fact sheets about fruit flies are available on the
KVH website.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Kiwifruit industry contribution to biosecurity direction
14 December 2017
The KVH team have made a significant contribution to the development of the Biosecurity 2025 direction statement for New Zealand which is now well underway with a clear direction and detail being put...
Kiwifruit industry contribution to biosecurity direction
14 December 2017

The KVH team have made a significant contribution to the development of the Biosecurity 2025 direction statement for New Zealand which is now well underway with a clear direction and detail being put together on how each of the five Working Groups are going to work to meet our collective goals.

The new issue of Biosecurity 2025: Making it happen is out now to provide you with an update on what’s happening to implement the statement and raise the profile of biosecurity. Some highlights from the kiwifruit industry included in this issue of the national newsletter are:


- a video from KVH Board Chairman Graeme Marshall (who is also the Chair of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee) on the key role businesses have in managing biosecurity risk
- a summary report of the group trip to Chile, including Matt Dyck from KVH, to learn about their response to Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)
- a profile on Working Group member James Trevelyan and the journey of the kiwifruit industry post-Psa
- an article on the success of Biosecurity Week here in Mount Maunganui

You can subscribe to have the Biosecurity 2025 newsletter delivered directly to your mailbox by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) here. 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Copper use after flowering
14 December 2017
Growers will be welcoming the blue skies and higher temperatures being seen across the country as typically Psa risk reduces significantly when temperatures rise to 20 degrees and above. A...
Copper use after flowering
14 December 2017


Growers will be welcoming the blue skies and higher temperatures being seen across the country as typically Psa risk reduces significantly when temperatures rise to 20 degrees and above. A reminder though to keep watching the risk model, as pockets of moderate and high-risk weather can still occur. Image above is from the Opotiki weather station.  


Psa leaf spots remain a potential inoculum source if weather favours Psa so it is important cover is applied following canopy work and male pruning rounds. Ensure protection is in place prior to high-risk weather.

When applying coppers, maintain a five to seven-day gap between applications of foliars and copper to minimise risk of phytotoxicity to leaves and fruit. Do not apply sprays in poor drying conditions, or high humidity, as risk of fruit staining increases.

Gold skin sensitivity commences around 21 days after fruit set with risk increasing between 28 and 42 days and reducing again between 42 and 80 days. For Hayward, 14 to 35 days after fruit set is considered a high-risk period. Copper may be applied during these periods but take care to ensure drying conditions are optimal.

Also choose low-risk weather periods when applying girdles. If copper sprays are used to cover girdling wounds, make sure correct rates are used. High rates of copper should not be applied directly to open girdles.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
KiwiNet working towards biosecurity excellence
14 December 2017
KVH yesterday facilitated it’s twice-annual KiwiNet workshop, with around 50 participants attending the days presentations. The workshop focussed on increasing biosecurity best practice;...
KiwiNet working towards biosecurity excellence
14 December 2017

KVH yesterday facilitated it’s twice-annual KiwiNet workshop, with around 50 participants attending the days presentations.

The workshop focussed on increasing biosecurity best practice; progress that has been made over the last six months on kiwifruit industry readiness for our most unwanted pest threats; research underway to learn more about kiwifruit fungal pathogens like Brazilian Wilt and Verticillium Wilt; and what KVH learnt from contributing to the BMSB response in Santiago, Chile.

Guest presenters included Ed Massey from NZ Wine who provided an overview of the wine industry’s perspective on biosecurity, and Steve Gilbert from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) who updated the audience on MPI initiatives underway to enhance border biosecurity systems.

Attendees also took part in an exercise to help formulate the early draft of a workplan for initiatives that could be introduced over the next 12 months, within KVH and across the industry, to increase uptake (and remove barriers) of important on-orchard biosecurity behaviours like the checking and cleaning of tools and machinery, and reporting of new and unusual symptoms.


KiwiNet is a network of people selected from across the kiwifruit industry who champion biosecurity readiness and coordinate the deployment of industry resources into biosecurity responses. You can read more about the work of the network here and in your November/December issue of the Kiwifruit Journal.

Company Notices
14 December 2017
Merry Christmas from KVH
14 December 2017
  The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 8 January 2018. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief...
Merry Christmas from KVH
14 December 2017

 

The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 8 January 2018. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive Barry O’Neil on 022 108 7007.

A reminder also that Hill Laboratories have limited hours for testing over the Christmas period.
Read the article from last fortnights Bulletin for exact dates and the new address samples should be sent to.

 

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PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz