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Biosecurity News
25 January 2018
You have the power to protect your investment
25 January 2018
Biosecurity threats could affect your OGR, and have wider ramifications for the local community through loss of productivity and jobs, and potential movement restrictions. For example, Brazilian...
You have the power to protect your investment
25 January 2018

Biosecurity threats could affect your OGR, and have wider ramifications for the local community through loss of productivity and jobs, and potential movement restrictions. For example, Brazilian Wilt, the fungal disease decimating kiwifruit orchards in Brazil is resulting in up to 50% vine loss on some orchards and threatens the viability of their entire kiwifruit industry.

The best way to protect your orchard and investment is to have a good understanding of risks - restrict access to those who you are comfortable share your knowledge and requirements. This will limit or prevent the spread of unwanted pests and diseases vine-to-vine and between orchards. Be sure to consider the risk from people, vehicles, machinery and tools that come on to your property. Define and signpost access areas, using the free signs from KVH that are available through your local pack-house.

The importance of good biosecurity practices was highlighted last week by the farming industry, which is currently dealing with several properties infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis. The president of Federated Farmers wrote a column for the NZ Herald reiterating their important on-farm biosecurity messages, which not surprisingly align well with what is standard across our kiwifruit industry.

Where and when restricting access isn’t practical, ensure good orchard hygiene practices, particularly the KVH hygiene recommendations, are followed. Tools should be cleaned and sanitised at least between rows to limit the inadvertent spread of biosecurity threats within the property. Diseases can be spread with tools that are not effectively sanitised between vines. When working in a disease affected orchard, best practice is to move from the least affected to the most affected areas.

Harvest is a time when there is a lot of movement onto and between orchards. Maintaining good orchard hygiene is particularly important over this period. Harvest bins in all regions must be sanitised and clear of plant material prior to reuse. Growers need to ensure bins moving onto their orchard are inspected and free of leaf and plant material, to minimise individual risk.

Share your biosecurity expertise with visitors, harvest staff, and contractors and make sure they know, and follow, your hygiene requirements. If anyone visiting or working on your property – including friends and family – have been overseas recently, consider the risks they pose through potentially dirty footwear and hitchhiking pests in luggage. Make sure everyone that works on your orchard also knows to report anything unusual to either the Ministry for Primary Industries on 0800 80 99 66 or KVH on 0800 665 825 (encourage them to add these numbers to their phone contacts).

Biosecurity News
25 January 2018
Unwanted!
25 January 2018
Each month we profile one of the 12 most unwanted pests featured on our ‘Port of Tauranga – committed to biosecurity excellence’ calendar. They could all potentially enter our...
Unwanted!
25 January 2018

Each month we profile one of the 12 most unwanted pests featured on our ‘Port of Tauranga – committed to biosecurity excellence’ calendar. They could all potentially enter our borders and have a major impact on the local community and businesses, the kiwifruit industry or other local growers.

This month, the focus is on the nun moth, not present in New Zealand and considered a serious pest to forestry industries across the world.





In countries where nun moth is established, the species undergoes outbreaks every few years causing significant damage to forests. Larvae feed on the foliage of a wide range of trees, causing defoliaton of leaves or needles. During outbreaks, complete defoliation of stands has been seen.

The nun moth is considered a serious biosecurity threat to New Zealand as it is a conifer-feeding specialist. It is also difficult to detect at the border as the females lay eggs deep within crevices on containers, pallets, and ships. If caught early it could be eradicated, however it would cause considerable growth loss if a population spread. Read more here.

Everyone can play a part in keeping unwanted pests and diseases out of New Zealand. If you come across anything unusual, catch it, snap it, and report it to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66.

Biosecurity News
25 January 2018
Keeping girdles safe from Psa
25 January 2018
Previous Plant and Food Research (P&FR) trials showed that Psa can enter kiwifruit plants via girdles, remain within the girdle for at least five weeks, and move from the girdle point through the...
Keeping girdles safe from Psa
25 January 2018

Previous Plant and Food Research (P&FR) trials showed that Psa can enter kiwifruit plants via girdles, remain within the girdle for at least five weeks, and move from the girdle point through the plant.

Cleaning and sterilising girdling tools between plants is therefore strongly recommended as best practice to reduce risk of introducing and transferring Psa between plants.

A recent P&FR report monitoring the effectiveness of wound protectants against Psa has also shown that the current grower practice of spraying girdling wounds with a solution of label rate copper was sufficient to prevent infection of girdles. This practice also allowed wound healing, with callus formation not obviously inhibited by application of the Nordox solution. Previously, science had shown that unprotected girdles can be infected for at least 15 days after girdling. This new result supports recommended best practice.  

The report also notes that neither copper paste nor Inocbloc paste should be applied to girdling wounds. Copper paste did not provide protection and application of Inocbloc interfered with wound healing. These products were however the most effective wound protectant on pruning cuts.

A copy of this report will be available shortly on the KVH website.
 

Biosecurity News
25 January 2018
Latest BMSB finds at the border
25 January 2018
Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been more than 900 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found at the border. More detail can be read in the January KVH risk update...
Latest BMSB finds at the border
25 January 2018

Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been more than 900 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found at the border.

More detail can be read in the January 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 manage the threat posed by this unwanted pest.

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 impacts of this bug are available on the KVH website.

 

Biosecurity News
25 January 2018
Biosecurity risk at a glance
25 January 2018
The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry. The Dashboard is produced to give...
Biosecurity risk at a glance
25 January 2018

The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry.

The Dashboard is produced to give growers and the industry a view of current biosecurity threat levels and our ability to manage these threats should they arrive here.

Biosecurity News
11 January 2018
Help stop the stink bug invasion
11 January 2018
Summer in New Zealand means high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) hitchhiking in packages, luggage, cargo and on people. There have been fairly recent threats close to home - BMSB...
Help stop the stink bug invasion
11 January 2018

Summer in New Zealand means high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) hitchhiking in packages, luggage, cargo and on people.

There have been fairly recent threats close to home - BMSB were found at the border by staff within a transitional facility in Christchurch, and after a number were found in Sydney late last year having smuggled themseves into the country on a freight container, the NSW Department of Primary Industries has called on residents to be extra vigilant for the bug and regularly inspect their vegetable and fruit gardens to limit the likelihood of spread.

It’s important that everyone understands the seriousness of a BMSB invasion, as it is not just a horticultural pest but a real lifestyle pest as well. Not only will the bugs ruin crops and gardens, they will also infest buildings and houses. BMSB likes to hide in dark spaces, cracks and crevices. Keep an eye out for them and if you think you’ve found anything unusual catch it, snap it, and report it to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66.

Check out this video from the USA where the ever-expanding BMSB population is taking over lifestyles. Share the video with your friends and family as everyone will be affected by this pest if it establishes in New Zealand.

Company Notices
11 January 2018
Happy New Year
11 January 2018
Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still on a well-earned break taking advantage of the warm weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with friends and...
Happy New Year
11 January 2018

Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still on a well-earned break taking advantage of the warm weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with friends and family over the holiday season.

The KVH office opened and returned to normal hours this week so please do get in touch if there is anything we can help with. The team have been out inspecting containers from Italy, and thankfully no stink bugs were found (read more about keeping this unwanted pest out). If anyone is importing containers from Europe, we’re happy to assist with inspection when devanning.

We look forward to working with you throughout the year to ensure our biosecurity system remains strong and we continue to keep damaging pests and diseases from reaching our orchards.

 

Company Notices
11 January 2018
New Chief Executive announced
11 January 2018
KVH has announced the appointment of Stu Hutchings as new Chief Executive. Stu takes over from current Chief Executive, Barry O’Neil, at the end of March. When announcing the appointment KVH...
New Chief Executive announced
11 January 2018

KVH has announced the appointment of Stu Hutchings as new Chief Executive.

Stu takes over from current Chief Executive, Barry O’Neil, at the end of March.

When announcing the appointment KVH Board Chairman, Adrian Gault, said Stu will join the KVH team well qualified with a wealth of experience and knowledge in management of biosecurity risks, research and innovation, and working alongside those within industry as well as government partners.

Stu’s most recent management role at OSPRI (a partnership between primary industries and government to manage the NAIT and TBfree programmes) has included responsibility for establishing the framework for delivery of a new long-term pest and disease management plan and several innovative research projects.

Stu is looking forward to joining a committed and future-thinking organisation that has great support and backing from kiwifruit growers, who he sees as key to the success of the industry.

Read more about Stu in the formal announcement here. 
 

Company Notices
11 January 2018
Your free 2018 calendar
11 January 2018
If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful  KVH and Tauranga port community 2018 unwanted pest calendars, send us an email letting us know your postal...
Your free 2018 calendar
11 January 2018

If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful  KVH and Tauranga port community 2018 unwanted pest calendars, send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

Biosecurity News
11 January 2018
Summer high-risk for fruit fly
11 January 2018
It’s high-risk season for fruit flies entering New Zealand borders and KVH is calling for everyone travelling internationally at this time of year to be extra vigilant when returning to New...
Summer high-risk for fruit fly
11 January 2018

It’s high-risk season for fruit flies entering New Zealand borders and KVH is calling for everyone travelling internationally at this time of year to be extra vigilant when returning to New Zealand.

Over the last few summers there have been regular fruit fly interceptions this side of the border during the summer months, and as recently as February 2015 significant government and industry responses were triggered.

A Mediterranean Fruit Fly has also recently been found in Santiago, Chile, and efforts - including sampling, and treatment of soil on properties near the detection zone – are underway. The seasonal alignment of countries in the same hemisphere means that unwanted fruit flies arriving from Chile could get here in a life stage suited to the current climate and have an increased chance of survival.

Everyone in the kiwifruit industry is responsible for managing biosecurity risks when travelling. Always declare or dispose of biosecurity risk goods and use the KVH best practice guide to learn more about what can be expected through border control when arriving back in New Zealand. 

Biosecurity News
11 January 2018
Hitchhiking spider found on kiwifruit
11 January 2018
Thanks to the eagle eyes of a packhouse staff member, no biosecurity risk was faced after a live spider was discovered in a carton of imported Italian kiwifruit. In early January the spider was...
Hitchhiking spider found on kiwifruit
11 January 2018

Thanks to the eagle eyes of a packhouse staff member, no biosecurity risk was faced after a live spider was discovered in a carton of imported Italian kiwifruit.

In early January the spider was spotted on fruit delivered to the packhouse by a fresh fruit importer. It was photographed, captured, and reported through to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and KVH, who recently visited key fruit importers to raise awreness of biosecurity threats and highlight what they can do to mitigate risk.

The importer also checked and confirmed that there weren’t any further spiders or other bugs in their produce.

MPI have since ID’d the spider and confirmed no further acton is required.

Big congratulations to the packhouse and import staff involved for knowing what to do once they spotted something unusual and taking immediate action. The sooner MPI and KVH know of any possible biosecurity issue the sooner we can minimise any harm that might be done and make sure there is nothing for industry to worry about.

Biosecurity News
11 January 2018
BMSB threat: stricter requirements for sea containers from Italy
11 January 2018
After KVH and other horticultural industries lobbied the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), we are pleased that changes have been made to import requirements for sea containers being loaded and...
BMSB threat: stricter requirements for sea containers from Italy
11 January 2018

After KVH and other horticultural industries lobbied the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), we are pleased that changes have been made to import requirements for sea containers being loaded and exported to New Zealand from Italy.

We have been discussing with MPI the need to implement stricter measures to help manage the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) because of increased levels of detections of the bug at the border, and uncertainty around the ability of importers to verify compliance with import requirements.

Sea containers now have the same requirements as vehicles and machinery from Italy for fumigation or heat treatment which must take place before shipping. Documentation must be provided to MPI verifying this.

In place until March, the extra requirement means we, as an industry, can be more confident systems are in place that appropriately manage the risk posed by BMSB at our border over the high-risk summer period. MPI have listened to the concerns raised and taken the right steps. Read more detail about the MPI changes 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