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Grower News
30 June 2016
Stricter rules for transitional facilities
30 June 2016
MPI has announced stricter rules for approved transitional facilities to help reduce the chance of unwanted pests or diseases arriving in New Zealand from imported goods. KVH has been pushing for...
Stricter rules for transitional facilities
30 June 2016

MPI has announced stricter rules for approved transitional facilities to help reduce the chance of unwanted pests or diseases arriving in New Zealand from imported goods. KVH has been pushing for tighter rules on transitional facilities and welcomes these changes by MPI. 

Read more on the MPI website. 

Grower News
30 June 2016
Stricter rules for transitional facilities
30 June 2016
MPI has announced stricter rules for approved transitional facilities to help reduce the chance of unwanted pests or diseases arriving in New Zealand from imported goods. KVH has been pushing for...
Stricter rules for transitional facilities
30 June 2016

MPI has announced stricter rules for approved transitional facilities to help reduce the chance of unwanted pests or diseases arriving in New Zealand from imported goods. KVH has been pushing for tighter rules on transitional facilities and welcomes these changes by MPI. 

Read more on the MPI website. 

Grower News
30 June 2016
Keep up copper protection through winter
30 June 2016
Severe weather conditions, including heavy rain and wind, have been experienced across most kiwifruit-growing regions recently; and the Psa-V Risk Model is predicting these high-risk conditions are...
Keep up copper protection through winter
30 June 2016
Severe weather conditions, including heavy rain and wind, have been experienced across most kiwifruit-growing regions recently; and the Psa-V Risk Model is predicting these high-risk conditions are set to continue in many areas (Image right predicts severe risk in the Waikato).
 
Some regions have experienced up to 300mm of rain, so growers will need to be even more vigilant with their copper programmes and work around the weather and difficult orchard conditions to re-establish protective coverage. 
 
KVH has developed a hand-out for growers to help manage Psa through winter. These are available at the FON field days occurring throughout the regions or on the KVH website here
 
Growers in areas where the disease is established should be particularly vigilant. Refer to the Psa-V Risk Model
Biosecurity News
30 June 2016
BMSB surveillance: an international collaboration
30 June 2016
A video has been developed highlighting the work being conducted by Dr. Rob Morrison (USDA-ARS), Laura Nixon (Lincoln University, New Zealand), and others relating to the development of Brown...
BMSB surveillance: an international collaboration
30 June 2016
A video has been developed highlighting the work being conducted by Dr. Rob Morrison (USDA-ARS), Laura Nixon (Lincoln University, New Zealand), and others relating to the development of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) surveillance tactics for biosecurity experts in New Zealand. Click here to watch the video. 
 
Grower News
24 June 2016
Severe weather increases Psa risk
24 June 2016
Severe weather continues in parts of New Zealand, elevating Psa risk. Growers are encouraged to be vigilant with their Psa management practices during high-risk weather like wind and...
Severe weather increases Psa risk
24 June 2016
Severe weather continues in parts of New Zealand, elevating Psa risk. Growers are encouraged to be vigilant with their Psa management practices during high-risk weather like wind and rain. 
 
See the following resources to assist with decision making:
 
Media Releases
20 June 2016
Kiwiberry growers join GIA biosecurity partnership
20 June 2016
Primary Industries Minister, Hon Nathan Guy has approved the application for NZ KiwiBerry Growers Incorporated (NZKBG) to join the GIA partnership. NZKBG will be represented by Kiwifruit Vine Health...
Kiwiberry growers join GIA biosecurity partnership
20 June 2016

Primary Industries Minister, Hon Nathan Guy has approved the application for NZ KiwiBerry Growers Incorporated (NZKBG) to join the GIA partnership.

NZKBG will be represented by Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH), which became the first industry group to sign the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) Deed for Biosecurity Readiness and Response in May 2014.

NZKBG Chair, Geoff Oliver said joining the GIA partnership, will give the kiwiberry industry the opportunity to influence decision making in the event of a biosecurity response.

“This means we can all work together on managing and responding to the biosecurity risks that impact our industry,” says Mr Oliver.

“The kiwiberry sector is going through a significant growth phase, and production is projected to rise from 140,000 export trays in 2016 to 200,000 trays in 2016, so we must do all we can to understand and manage our biggest biosecurity risk and the impacts they could have on our industry.”

The kiwiberry sector comprises of around 40 producing, or soon to be producing, hectares – most of which is based in the Bay of Plenty region. Last year NZKBG generated $4.2m in revenue, of which 90 percent came from exports.

KVH’s Chief Executive Barry O’Neil says KVH is pleased to represent the kiwiberry industry at the decision making table. “We have a commonality of biosecurity issues. Kiwiberry are likely to be susceptible to many of the same pests and diseases as other kiwifruit cultivars, so working together in partnership makes sense”, says Mr O’Neil.

“We are currently working to determine what pests and diseases will be the biggest threats to kiwiberry and identify what readiness activities are required to mitigate the risk of these threats.”

GIA Secretariat Manager, Steve Rich welcomed NZKBG on behalf of the GIA partnership saying the new addition further strengthens efforts to better deliver biosecurity outcomes. “It’s great to see sectors facing similar risks and concerns joining forces for the purposes of delivering better biosecurity,” says Mr Rich.

“One of the key benefits of GIA for smaller primary sectors like KiwiBerry is the ability to partner directly with the other players in the system.”

NZKBG joins Kiwifruit Vine Health, Pipfruit New Zealand Inc., New Zealand Pork, New Zealand Equine Health Association, Onions New Zealand Inc., the NZ Forestry Owners Association, The New Zealand Avocado Growers’ Association, NZ Citrus Growers’ Inc. and the Ministry for Primary Industries under GIA.

About Government Industry Agreement (GIA)
GIA operates as a partnership between industry and government to manage pests and diseases that could badly damage New Zealand's primary industries, our economy, and our environment. It aims to improve biosecurity outcomes and give everyone the confidence that the best decisions are being made.

To find out more about NZ KiwiBerry Growers Inc. visit www.nzkiwiberry.com, or to find out more about GIA, visit www.gia.org.nz

Protocols & Movement Controls
16 June 2016
Draft NPMP Operational Plan for 2016/17
16 June 2016
KVH prepares an Operational Plan for the NPMP on an annual basis. This sets out how the NPMP will be implemented over the year ahead. It includes the KVH Board’s NPMP strategy, policies that...
Draft NPMP Operational Plan for 2016/17
16 June 2016

KVH prepares an Operational Plan for the NPMP on an annual basis. This sets out how the NPMP will be implemented over the year ahead. It includes the KVH Board’s NPMP strategy, policies that guide how KVH will make decisions, the approach KVH will apply to achieve the NPMP objectives and budget and performance measures against which outcomes can be judged. 

KVH must submit the Operational Plan to the Minister for Primary Industries, who checks it for consistency with the NPMP and is able to disallow all or parts of it should there be inconsistencies.  

This year there are minimal changes as the review mentioned above has not been completed. The four key points that have changed are:

1. Updating the introduction and aligning this with a shift in focus toward 'preventing spread of new Psa-V biovars that are more likely to be a problem than the original strain of Psa-V biovar 3'

2. Addition of a new policy on ‘Establishment of new exclusion regions’

3. Updating annual mandatory monitoring requirements. These are:

  • All non-detected orchards, regardless of region, continue to monitor for Psa-V in the high-risk spring period. 
  • KVH will organise independent monitoring of exclusion and containment regions with limited infection.

4. Updating and streamlining R&D content to reflect a new programme structure

Click here for the draft 2016/17 Operational Plan.

Grower feedback welcome before Wednesday 29 June at 5pm. Email feedback to info@kvh.org.nz 

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
16 June 2016
National Psa-V Pest Management Plan - internal review
16 June 2016
May 2016 marked three years since the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) was first implemented and as a result, KVH has undertaken an internal non-statutory review of the...
National Psa-V Pest Management Plan - internal review
16 June 2016
May 2016 marked three years since the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) was first implemented and as a result, KVH has undertaken an internal non-statutory review of the Plan. 
 
The review was to firstly test if the NPMP was still needed, and then focus on ensuring it remains effective and identifying improvements to align with ongoing Psa control challenges.
 
The KVH Board has confirmed the need to continue with a comprehensive plan to combat the ongoing impacts of Psa, particularly since the bacteria is rapidly evolving and starting to show signs of product resistance.
 
Key areas were identified for improvement in the review process. Click here for a summary of these. 
 
These components and others will be presented to industry in July through a series of meetings with postharvest and Zespri for feedback/input before the review is finalised.  The objective is to complete the Board review in July, and present it to members at the KVH AGM on 31 August 2016. Growers are welcome to give feedback.
 
Grower News
16 June 2016
KVH updates growers at Mystery Creek Fieldays
16 June 2016
KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil will be in the Zespri tent at the Mystery Creek Fieldays this week giving growers an update on KVH activities and answering any questions they may...
KVH updates growers at Mystery Creek Fieldays
16 June 2016
KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil will be in the Zespri tent at the Mystery Creek Fieldays this week giving growers an update on KVH activities and answering any questions they may have. 
 
Topics include: 
  • Update on fruit fly and signing of Operational Agreement
  • Product resistance
  • Internal review of the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP)
  • New Psa-V Risk Model 
  • Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS)
  • AGM / New Directorship

Click here for the KVH brochure summarising the above.

Click here for a brochure on the new Psa-V Risk Model.

Grower News
16 June 2016
Notice of KVH Annual General Meeting
16 June 2016
The Annual General Meeting of Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc and KVH Foundation Ltd will be held as follows: Date: Wednesday 31 August 2016 Time: 9.30am Venue: ASB Arena, 81 Truman Lane,...
Notice of KVH Annual General Meeting
16 June 2016
The Annual General Meeting of Kiwifruit Vine Health Inc and KVH Foundation Ltd will be held as follows:
  • Date: Wednesday 31 August 2016
  • Time: 9.30am
  • Venue: ASB Arena, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
This year up to three grower Directors for the Board will be nominated and elected by KVH members and Chairman Peter Ombler has indicated he will stand down after a three-year tenure.
 
Growers will receive their AGM packs in the post during the first week of August. These will include voting forms for the grower Directors.
 
Grower News
2 June 2016
KVH launches new website
2 June 2016
KVH is excited to announce the launch of its new and improved website – go to www.kvh.org.nz.   While the overall look and feel of the website will remain familiar to users, the...
KVH launches new website
2 June 2016
KVH is excited to announce the launch of its new and improved website – go to www.kvh.org.nz.
 
While the overall look and feel of the website will remain familiar to users, the refreshed website is designed to be more user-friendly, visually more appealing and easier to navigate.
 
Key changes include more imagery, the latest information and news displayed on the homepage and quick-access buttons for all audiences. For example, beekeepers, nurseries, postharvest, budwood suppliers and contractors will be able to click from the homepage directly to information and pages most relevant to them.
 
As always, KVH is keen to hear your feedback about the new-look website so we can continue to improve our communications. We encourage users to visit the new website and send comments to info@kvh.org.nz.
 
Grower News
2 June 2016
New Psa-V Risk Model
2 June 2016
As part of the new website, the Psa-V Risk Model has also undergone improvements – click here. The new model is hosted by HortPlus and is not only more cost-effective, but it also offers...
New Psa-V Risk Model
2 June 2016

As part of the new website, the Psa-V Risk Model has also undergone improvements – click here. The new model is hosted by HortPlus and is not only more cost-effective, but it also offers several improvements for kiwifruit growers. Benefits of the new Psa-V Risk Model include:

  • receiving data from a wide range of weather station locations so growers can select the weather station closest to their orchard;
  • display historical infection risk data, providing growers with the ability to review past infection risk (e.g. over the last season) to evaluate how well a control programme worked; and
  • incorporate new information about the effect of temperature on Psa infection risk sourced from overseas data.

Users will also have access to a number of additional tools. These include a customisable chill unit calculator and customisable growing degree day calculator. They can both plot up to five combinations of weather station locations and seasons.

Growers can choose the start and stop date to define the period of interest. Although these tools are not directly related to Psa management, KVH believes they will add real value for growers looking to better understand the impact of weather on their vines.

Please note Edgecumbe (Te Teko), Whanganui (Pauls Road) and Waihi are listed on the new Model but are not yet receiving data. These will go live over the next week.

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