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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.

 

Company Notices
14 December 2017
Liquidation of the KVH Foundation
14 December 2017
The proposed resolution to liquidate the KVH Foundation Incorporated was confirmed and passed at the Special General Meeting on Tuesday morning. The liquidation completes the process of Kiwifruit...
Liquidation of the KVH Foundation
14 December 2017

The proposed resolution to liquidate the KVH Foundation Incorporated was confirmed and passed at the Special General Meeting on Tuesday morning.

The liquidation completes the process of Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated and the KVH Foundation Incorporated moving to a single legal entity under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) - Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated - that represents the kiwifruit industry.

From here, liquidators will be appointed to formally dissolve the Foundation and complete all associated necessary legal requirements.

 

Grower News
14 December 2017
Keep your Bulletin subscription up-to-date
14 December 2017
We’ve had quite a few growers contact us recently to let us know their new email addresses because of the changes to the Vodafone mail servers. To make sure you keep receiving the Bulletin...
Keep your Bulletin subscription up-to-date
14 December 2017

We’ve had quite a few growers contact us recently to let us know their new email addresses because of the changes to the Vodafone mail servers. To make sure you keep receiving the Bulletin directly to your mailbox every fortnight, click the ‘update preferences’ link at the top of the Bulletin emailed to you and save your changes.

Alternatively, feel free to email KVH and we’ll update your records for you.

 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Managing stink bug finds close to home
14 December 2017
In a timely example of the high-risk season being well and truly upon us, there was a report on Stuff.co.nz on the first day of summer about 15 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) being found at the...
Managing stink bug finds close to home
14 December 2017

In a timely example of the high-risk season being well and truly upon us, there was a report on Stuff.co.nz on the first day of summer about 15 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) being found at the border by staff within a transitional facility in Christchurch.

This report followed on from a
news item out of Australia where BMSB were found in Sydney a week prior.

In both the Christchurch and Sydney examples the bugs were found in cargo that had been imported from Italy, and fumigated (in accordance with both country’s strict biosecurity protocols) pre-arrival. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is following up the incident with the fumigator in Italy and is also working closely with Australian counterparts to learn more about what happened in their case.

KVH is in regular contact with MPI about the finds to make sure the cases are followed up thoroughly. We have been strong advocates for the tightest possible measures to reduce the likelihood of pest entry and have worked with MPI in the last 18 months in relation to interceptions of both BMSB and White Peach Scale on consignments of Italian kiwifruit, and improved import requirements such as this summer’s amendments to rules for the import of vehicles, machinery and other equipment from Italy.  

Both recent interceptions illustrate what we already know: this is the high-risk season for many of our most unwanted pests and they could cross our border from any source. The diligent action taken by the transitional facility approved person in Christchurch who notified MPI allowed biosecurity risk to be mitigated very quickly. Proof of the difference we can all make and that we – as an industry and as individuals – must be vigilant, know what to look out for, and immediately report any potential finds.

The BMSB page of the KVH website contains information and short videos about the impacts of this bug on homes, orchards, and industries overseas. There are also monthly KVH Risk Updates that detail activities underway over the high-risk season to reduce the risk of this pest getting here and establishing, and one page easy to read readiness plans that describe the work KVH and the kiwifruit industry have done to ensure preparedness for a New Zealand incursion.

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 Vice 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. 

Grower News
30 November 2017
Grower presentation: keeping our border secure
30 November 2017
What’s happening at the border? Are we doing everything we can to keep unwanted pests and diseases out of the country? Growers are invited to attend a KVH-hosted presentation by Ministry for...
Grower presentation: keeping our border secure
30 November 2017

What’s happening at the border? Are we doing everything we can to keep unwanted pests and diseases out of the country?

Growers are invited to attend a KVH-hosted presentation by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Clearance Director Steve Gilbert, who will be discussing initiatives underway to ensure New Zealand’s border space keeps up with the ever changing - and increasing – biosecurity risks we face.

Steve will talk about how MPI’s border surveillance systems work and provide updates about the trends being seen in the passenger, mail, and cargo pathways of entry to New Zealand.

This presentation will also give growers an opportunity to learn more about MPI’s national strategic direction for biosecurity, and how the kiwifruit industry is involved through KVH initiatives such as incursion exercises; research projects; and events like the recent Biosecurity Week at the Port of Tauranga.

Seats are limited and only a small number of places are available, which will be confirmed on a first in-first serve basis. Growers wishing to attend must register with KVH by next Wednesday.

What: Border presentation from Steve Gilbert, MPI
When: Wednesday 13 December 2017, 1.00pm – 1.45pm (before the separate KVH KiwiNet meeting begins)
Where: Classic Flyers, 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui
RSVP: Email KVH by Wednesday 6 December

 

Biosecurity News
30 November 2017
Latest BMSB finds and data
30 November 2017
Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 26 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found at the border. More detail can be read in the November KVH Risk Update for BMSB,...
Latest BMSB finds and data
30 November 2017

Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 26 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found at the border.

More detail can be read in the November KVH Risk Update for BMSB, which includes latest data reported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and information about activities involving KVH to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for, and respond to BMSB.

The risk period for BMSB stretches throughout the summer so remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about the risks this bug poses is available on the KVH website.

Company Notices
30 November 2017
Consultation process for biosecurity funding
30 November 2017
KVH has attended grower roadshows presenting a proposal for future funding of biosecurity activities. Copies of the roadshow presentation, detailed background information, and helpful frequently...
Consultation process for biosecurity funding
30 November 2017

KVH has attended grower roadshows presenting a proposal for future funding of biosecurity activities.

Copies of the roadshow presentation, detailed background information, and helpful frequently asked questions and answers about the proposal, are available on the KVH website.  The questions and answers have been put together based on the queries that were raised at roadshow meetings.

KVH has been consulting with growers because the funding mechanisms of KVH were originally established for Psa and are now out of date based on the serious nature of the biosecurity risks we face and the need to be able to immediately respond in the event of an incursion as part of our commitment to working with government under Government Industry Agreements (GIA).

KVH members have already agreed to a biosecurity levy of 1 cent per tray in 2018.  But, 1 cent is the maximum rate of the current levy order and it will not be enough to fund the response costs of a serious incursion. The proposal to address this is to increase the ceiling of the levy to 5 cents a tray, so that the KVH Board (in consultation with industry) can activate the full levy to fund future incursions. 

The proposal will next be presented to IAC on Friday 8 December.

Based on all the feedback received, KVH will then decide as to whether to formally request an increase to the Minister for Biosecurity, or not.  

We welcome your feedback on the proposal, which can be emailed to KVH at info@kvh.org.nz or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on 0800 665 825.
 

Biosecurity News
30 November 2017
More biosecurity fines
30 November 2017
KVH was pleased to read an announcement from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) earlier this week about the hard line they are taking on arriving air passengers who fail to declare items that...
More biosecurity fines
30 November 2017

KVH was pleased to read an announcement from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) earlier this week about the hard line they are taking on arriving air passengers who fail to declare items that could bring unwanted pests or diseases into the country.

So far this year MPI has issued more than 9,100 biosecurity infringements and given over 1,000 warnings to passengers for failing to follow biosecurity rules. This is quite an increase on previous years, and the numbers will likely go up a lot after the busy summer season.

KVH backs the tough stance being taken on people that put New Zealand, and our primary industries, at risk.

Everyone in the kiwifruit industry has to play their part to help manage biosecurity risks when importing or travelling. KVH has produced a guide for kiwifruit growers to help reduce biosecurity risk after travelling (especially if an offshore orchard of farm has been visited) and to explain what growers can expect at the border when coming back to New Zealand.
 

Grower News
30 November 2017
Hill Laboratories have moved
30 November 2017
Hill labs have moved from their four Hamilton sites onto a single site. This move has been a significant investment in the future of the business, which Hills says will also bring more efficiencies...
Hill Laboratories have moved
30 November 2017

Hill labs have moved from their four Hamilton sites onto a single site. This move has been a significant investment in the future of the business, which Hills says will also bring more efficiencies for growers.

Psa samples should now be sent directly to the new lab at 28 Duke Street, Frankton, Hamilton, 3204.

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for samples arriving in the lab will be Friday 15 December 2017. Testing will resume Monday 8 January 2018.

Only KVH pre-arranged testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 18 December and 5 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. South Island).
 

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