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Biosecurity News
3 May 2018
The new Biosecurity New Zealand
3 May 2018
KVH attended the launch of Biosecurity New Zealand earlier this week. It is one of four new business units created within the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to provide a stronger focus on...
The new Biosecurity New Zealand
3 May 2018

KVH attended the launch of Biosecurity New Zealand earlier this week.

It is one of four new business units created within the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to provide a stronger focus on key areas of work.

At the launch, Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor said pest incursions and disease outbreaks threaten our biodiversity and with increasing pressures such as growing trade, more visitors from abroad, and climate change challenges, we need a greater focus on biosecurity.

KVH works closely with MPI and advocates strongly for the kiwifruit industry in the development of legislation, policies, and standards; and in readiness and response planning. We look forward to continuing this working relationship with what is now a single point of accountability and leadership.

We particularly note the Ministers comments that the change brings together some 900 MPI staff which we agree will help provide the resources and people-power (alongside industry groups like KVH) to protect our country from biosecurity threats and respond quickly to any outbreaks.

In addition, a 25-strong biosecurity intelligence unit has been announced, which will track dangerous insects here and overseas and prepare this country’s defences in advance. This aligns with the work KVH has been leading on behalf of the kiwifruit industry to ensure preparedness for incursions from the likes of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and fruit flies and provides more resource and knowledge that we can tap into.

Read more about the changes here.

Biosecurity News
3 May 2018
Latest BMSB finds
3 May 2018
Since the start of the high-risk season in September more than 2200 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) have been caught at the border. Read more in the KVH April BMSB risk update which includes...
Latest BMSB finds
3 May 2018

Since the start of the high-risk season in September more than 2200 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) have been caught at the border.

Read more in the KVH April BMSB risk update which includes latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and information about what we’re doing to keep the pest out.

We’re at the end of the highest risk time of year for BMSB but there is never zero risk. Continue to be on the lookout and report anything unusual to KVH or the MPI biosecurity hotline. There are handy ID guides and videos that demonstrate the impact this nasty bug could have on kiwifruit orchards – and our lifestyles – on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
3 May 2018
Last chance for submissions: importing Actinidia plants
3 May 2018
Growers have until 5pm Friday (tomorrow) to provide feedback to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the proposed Import Health Standard for Actinidia plants for planting. The Standard sets...
Last chance for submissions: importing Actinidia plants
3 May 2018

Growers have until 5pm Friday (tomorrow) to provide feedback to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the proposed Import Health Standard for Actinidia plants for planting.

The Standard sets out the proposed import requirements for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture), imported into New Zealand for further propagation. This pathway has not been active since 2013 because of the Psa incursion.

KVH is making a submission on behalf of the industry and as part of that we’re engaging with experts in the science community in New Zealand and internationally to ensure we have specific technical advice available on the risks of what is being proposed. We’ll keep you fully informed before any decisions are made on the outcome of this pathway.

KVH recognises the importation of new kiwifruit material is an important component in maintaining the competitive advantage of our industry, however the risk of introducing new biosecurity threats must be carefully managed and this is the focus of our submission. 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.

Information about how to submit feedback is available on the MPI website - the consultation package includes information about the risk organisms that could potentially be transmitted on this pathway, and the proposed measures to mitigate this risk.

If you have any questions about the submission process or content for your own submission, please contact us at info@kvh.org.nz or phone us on 0800 665 825.

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 May 2018
Moving budwood
3 May 2018
Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly those cutting over to new licences and those with new plantings. As budwood poses the highest risk...
Moving budwood
3 May 2018

Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly those cutting over to new licences and those with new plantings.

As budwood poses the highest risk of disease transfer, please remember:

·       Use the cleanest source of budwood, from your own orchard where possible.

·       Budwood suppliers must be registered with KVH and supply a copy of their Psa-V Risk Management Plan.

·       Growers must only obtain budwood from a KVH-registered supplier.

·       Budwood movement must comply with the controls outlined in the KVH Protocol: Budwood.

·       Movement of Gold3 budwood also requires Zespri authorisation.

·       Budwood movements from Psa positive orchards to other Psa positive orchards are only allowed between properties owned by the same legal entity within the same Psa region (defined on KVH website maps). Outside of this, KVH authorisation may be sought if there are no other suitable options for the grower. Contact KVH for permission in these circumstances.

·       Budwood collection areas are to be sprayed with copper within four weeks of collection.

·       Maintain tool hygiene and sanitisation.

·       Records of budwood supplied and received must be maintained and kept with grower GAP records.

If you are unsure of the movement controls or have any queries, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
3 May 2018
Applying copper after harvest
3 May 2018
It is highly recommended growers apply copper immediately after harvest, with full winter rates as per the KVH Recommended Product List providing maximum protection of fruit stalk and leaf scars...
Applying copper after harvest
3 May 2018

It is highly recommended growers apply copper immediately after harvest, with full winter rates as per the KVH Recommended Product List providing maximum protection of fruit stalk and leaf scars from Psa.

Studies suggest movement of product into fruit stalk scars occurs much more readily immediately after harvest versus sprays applied a week later.

Where leaf condition is good and risk of spray drift to unharvested fruit is managed, Actigard can be tank-mixed with copper to provide a dual mode of protection as further leaves fall.  Botryzen and the soil root drench KiwiVax (both products with BioGro registration) can also provide benefits, particularly in lower Psa risk situations.

The KVH Psa Risk Model shows moderate risk for most kiwifruit areas through next week and recent leaf spotting seen on outside rows of some Hayward kiwifruit blocks provides evidence that innoculum levels are on the rise. Similarly, cane dieback and cankers in harvested gold blocks indicate potential reservoirs of infection.

Biosecurity News
3 May 2018
Remember to have your say on the stink bug slayer
3 May 2018
KVH, other horticultural groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), are working together to use a tiny parasitoid wasp to combat the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Together –...
Remember to have your say on the stink bug slayer
3 May 2018

KVH, other horticultural groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), are working together to use a tiny parasitoid wasp to combat the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

Together – as the BMSB Council – we have made an application to the Enviornmental Protection Authority (EPA) seeking approval to release the Samurai Wasp as a biocontrol agent against BMSB, but only if an incursion is found in New Zealand. 


Image to the right of a male Samurai Wasp (scale 0.5mm), courtesy of Jo Poulton, Plant and Food Research.

BMSB
is one of the biggest biosecurity threats we face and it could cause hundreds of millions of dollars of losses. If an incursion is found here the consequences would be disastrous for New Zealand’s horticultural industries. The wasp (which is the size of a pinhead and doesn’t sting humans or animals) provides an opportunity to be proactive in our approach and gives us another tool we can use to control BMSB.

The EPA is currently seeking public opinion on the application. KVH is making a submission on behalf of the kiwifruit industry and your views count too. We encourage growers to have a say and we can make available to you a copy of the KVH submission that you may wish to reference content from when making your own submission to the EPA (or use the template we've created to help with this).

Submissions are due in to the EPA by 5pm on Thursday 24 May 2018.

If you have any questions about the application process or the KVH submission please contact us, we are happy to discuss them both with you as you formulate your own submission. You can email us at info@kvh.org.nz or phone us on 0800 665 825.

Media Releases
30 April 2018
Response to article about wild kiwifruit vines
30 April 2018
KVH has provided the below response to the Marlborough Express in regards to an article on wild kiwifruit vines. Dear Editor, Over the weekend Stuff.co.nz and the Sunday Star Times published an...
Response to article about wild kiwifruit vines
30 April 2018

KVH has provided the below response to the Marlborough Express in regards to an article on wild kiwifruit vines.

Dear Editor,

Over the weekend Stuff.co.nz and the Sunday Star Times published an article from one of your reporters on wild kiwifruit vines.

The article included valuable information about the topic that is important for the public to be aware of, however from our perspective there was an unnecessarily alarmist tone to the article overall. KVH, several regional councils and unitary authorities all work together on initiatives to manage wild kiwifruit vines and have done so, very successfully, for many years as part of our usual business.

There were some inaccuracies that need correcting:

·        KVH said that it’s not very often an industry comes along and asks that the plant on which that industry is based is named as a pest. We did not ask that the produce/kiwifruit be named as a pest.

·        Contractors destroyed 14,600 wild vines in 2017 and not since 2010.

·        Wild kiwifruit vines have historically established from dumped fruit and the discovery of fruit stickers has proved this.  Dumped fruit is not “scraps” and we said wild vines can also establish from unconsumed fruit left in a compost heap.

KVH is always happy to review facts used by your reporters in the interest of ensuring correct information about what is a complex and technical programme of work, can be provided to readers.

Lastly, we would also like to clarify that KVH is not a lobby group. We are the kiwifruit industry’s biosecurity organisation, funded by growers, and we work collaboratively with all parties across the industry as well as government.

Kind regards,

Stu Hutchings
Chief Executive
KVH

Company Notices
26 April 2018
Listen to the latest news
26 April 2018
Snapshot is the podcast from KVH. Every month the KVH team will bring you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and...
Listen to the latest news
26 April 2018

Snapshot is the podcast from KVH.

Every month the KVH team will bring you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and reminders of upcoming events. Sit back and enjoy the content, knowing you’ll never miss out on all the latest happenings.

The Snapshot is free and available on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes. Download the latest episode and subscribe today so that new episodes are automatically sent to you.

We’ll also podcast breaking announcements and updates, such as the recent fight against stink bugs on cargo ships in Auckland.

We hope you enjoy listening and look forward to your feedback.

 

Biosecurity News
19 April 2018
Snapshot of summer biosecurity stats and facts
19 April 2018
New Zealand’s border biosecurity defenders have just been through their busiest summer on record. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) summer statistics are a good indication of the...
Snapshot of summer biosecurity stats and facts
19 April 2018

New Zealand’s border biosecurity defenders have just been through their busiest summer on record. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) summer statistics are a good indication of the pressure New Zealand’s borders are facing. Here’s a snapshot of interesting statistics from December 2017 through to February 2018.

You can read more about the busy summer at the border and statistics of interest to the kiwifruit industry in the
22 March Bulletin.

 

Biosecurity News
19 April 2018
MPI visit to develop Annual Readiness Plan
19 April 2018
KVH and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have an agreement under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA), about how we prepare for and respond to biosecurity threats specific to the...
MPI visit to develop Annual Readiness Plan
19 April 2018

KVH and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have an agreement under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA), about how we prepare for and respond to biosecurity threats specific to the kiwifruit sector. This is in addition to the work we are doing alongside other industries for the multi-sector pests such as fruit fly and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

MPI recently visited to discuss our annual readiness plan for the year ahead. They also visited an orchard and packhouse while here to increase their understanding of how our industry operates and gain an appreciation of harvest in full swing.

Brazilian Wilt (Ceratocystis fimbriata), the soil borne pathogen causing significant losses to kiwifruit growers in Brazil, has been a significant focus up to this point resulting in the first readiness plan under GIA, an industry simulation, and over $300k of kiwifruit industry funded research to ensure we are more prepared for this pathogen, including developing tools to detect it. This work will continue to progress; however, we will also be undertaking readiness plans for Verticillium Wilt, and invasive Phytophthoras. These are complex organisms that require significant work to understand the risk to our industry and develop the necessary tools to mitigate this risk.

The good news for growers is that regardless of the organism there are several recurring themes that come through in this readiness work. If you clean your tools, source clean plants, report unusual symptoms and manage what enters your orchard, you are more likely to reduce the impact of these pathogens should they arrive.

Company Notices
19 April 2018
KVH Associate Director vacancy
19 April 2018
KVH has an exciting development opportunity for a future leader within the kiwifruit industry.  We are seeking an upcoming leader to join the Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated Board of...
KVH Associate Director vacancy
19 April 2018

KVH has an exciting development opportunity for a future leader within the kiwifruit industry. 

We are seeking an upcoming leader to join the Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated Board of Directors as an Associate Director. 

This opportunity will expose the successful applicant to gain experience in governance, leadership and strategy while bringing his/her own industry knowledge and experience to the KVH Board table.   

The Associate Director will also have the opportunity to be mentored by an industry leader and a contribution from KVH towards their governance training. 

This is a non-voting role however the Board seeks full participation in meetings and will welcome constructive contributions from the Associate Director in the workings of the Board. 

For further information or a copy of the position description please contact Jacqui Craig at KVH on 0800 665 825. 

Please send your current CV and application letter to Jacqui by email at
jacqui.craig@kvh.org.nz. Applications close Friday 4 May 2018.

Biosecurity News
19 April 2018
New approach to manage myrtle rust
19 April 2018
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) say the fight against myrtle rust is changing gear, given the prevalence of the disease across susceptible parts of...
New approach to manage myrtle rust
19 April 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) say the fight against myrtle rust is changing gear, given the prevalence of the disease across susceptible parts of New Zealand.

Response activities will now move from intensive surveillance and the removal and destruction of host plants, to managing the disease over the long term.

Efforts will now be placed on a science programme designed to lift understanding around myrtle rust such as ways to treat it, resistance and susceptibility, and to improve seed banking collection. A second key focus is on working with communities across New Zealand to support regional efforts to combat the disease.

As of last Friday, 582 properties are known to have been infected by the fungal disease since it was first detected on mainland New Zealand in mid-May 2017. Since then, more than 5000 myrtle plants have been securely removed and destroyed, and more than 95,000 myrtle plants inspected.

The latest update from MPI confirms the disease has been found on 134 properties in the Bay of Plenty, 11 of which are new sites from within the last fortnight.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit or kiwifruit vines, growers are encouraged to continue to report any possible cases they suspect on other plants in their orchards or in their gardens to the MPI biosecurity hotline on 0800 80 99 66. This is so that the spread of myrtle rust can be tracked, and officials can better understand what its long-term impacts might be.

Read more about the new long-term approach to myrtle rust here.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

Suite 3, Level 1, Customhouse Building
314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
(entrance cnr Totara and Rata Street)
PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz