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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.

Grower News
2 June 2016
Budwood movement
2 June 2016
Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly to those cutting over to new licences and those with new plantings. To eliminate the risk of...
Budwood movement
2 June 2016

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

To eliminate the risk of disease transfer, please remember:

  • Use the cleanest source of budwood, and from your own orchard where possible.
  • Budwood suppliers must be registered with KVH and supply a copy of their Psa-V Risk Management Plan. Go to www.kvh.org.nz/indgrafters.
  • Growers must only obtain budwood from a KVH-registered supplier.
  • Budwood movement must comply with the controls outlined in KVH Protocol: Budwood.
  • Movement of Gold3 budwood also requires Zespri authorisation.
  • Budwood movement from Psa-V positive orchards is allowed in Recovery regions only. Please note, movement between Psa-V positive orchards between Recovery regions is subject to KVH authorisation and this may be withheld if alternative lower risk options are available.
  • For ‘not detected’ orchards, monitoring, sampling and testing must occur within six weeks of budwood collection.
  • Budwood collection area is 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.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
2 June 2016
Forevergreen Seedlings joins KPCS
2 June 2016
Forevergreen Seedlings has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) and is the third nursery selling KPCS-certified plants in the Tauranga region. Forevergreen sells containerised...
Forevergreen Seedlings joins KPCS
2 June 2016

Forevergreen Seedlings has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) and is the third nursery selling KPCS-certified plants in the Tauranga region. Forevergreen sells containerised plants grown undercover and is located in Te Puna.

Nine nurseries have now joined the KPCS and are supplying certified plants, demonstrating they are managing biosecurity risks, have been independently audited, visually inspected for target organisms and returned a non-detected result for a very comprehensive testing regime for Psa-V.

Three other nurseries are in the final stages of becoming part of the Scheme. Click here for a list of nurseries and their status.

Nurseries cannot produce plants they may not have a market for. Therefore, growers are reminded to place their orders at least a year in advance, as many nurseries have sold out this year. If you are having difficulty in sourcing plants please contact KVH on 0800 665 825.

KVH movement controls apply to all plant movements. See KVH Protocol: Nursery Stock.

Biosecurity News
2 June 2016
Evaluating tools for detection of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. actinidae
2 June 2016
The New Zealand kiwifruit industry is funding work to evaluate existing diagnostics for the biosecurity risk organism Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. Actinidae, a bacterium that is reported to...
Evaluating tools for detection of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. actinidae
2 June 2016

The New Zealand kiwifruit industry is funding work to evaluate existing diagnostics for the biosecurity risk organism Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. Actinidae, a bacterium that is reported to cause summer cankers in kiwifruit plants in South Korea.

Cultures of this regulated organism have been transferred from the International Collection of Microbes from Plants (held at Landcare Research) to perform evaluations of the diagnostics at The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research’s approved physical containment facilities at Lincoln.

Any risks involved in this work are being mitigated by performing experiments under strict containment standards, which are enforced by MPI and the Environmental Risk Management Authority.

Validated tests will be used for the benefit of the industry by testing incoming material and providing a tool for rapid testing should we be faced with an incursion of this organism.

Biosecurity News
2 June 2016
Port of Tauranga biosecurity operational excellence
2 June 2016
Last week KVH met with other steering group members for the third meeting of the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Operational Excellence initiative. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) presented a...
Port of Tauranga biosecurity operational excellence
2 June 2016

Last week KVH met with other steering group members for the third meeting of the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Operational Excellence initiative.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) presented a risk profile analysis on Port of Tauranga (POTL), identifying the pests most commonly intercepted through this pathway to help the initiative target its efforts on these pests.

The group also agreed to develop performance monitoring criteria to support effectiveness of activities. 

Research providers from the National Science Challenge, B3 (Better Border Biosecurity) and Scion presented initial proposals on how science could help improve biosecurity effectiveness at the POT.

The next steering group meeting is scheduled for October.

Biosecurity News
27 May 2016
Have you seen (or heard) this bird?
27 May 2016
The Red vented bulbul is an unwanted pest in New Zealand. While MPI has confirmed reports a number of these birds are present in the wider Auckland area, one was recently found in Te Puke. An...
Have you seen (or heard) this bird?
27 May 2016

The Red vented bulbul is an unwanted pest in New Zealand. While MPI has confirmed reports a number of these birds are present in the wider Auckland area, one was recently found in Te Puke.

An observant resident recognised its distinct bird call and immediately contacted the MPI exotic pest and disease hotline. A DOC ranger was subsequently deployed and was able to identify and destroy the bird.

Native to Pakistan and Southwest China, the Red vented Bulbul has established in a number of Pacific Islands. Evidence suggests they spread to new land masses on board sea vessels which may be how these birds have got here.

The Red-vented bulbul is an aggressive bird known to cause significant damage to fruit and vegetable crops and attack other birds.

Description:

  • Small–medium sized bird (larger than a sparrow, but smaller than a blackbird)
  • Approximately 20 cm in length
  • Dark brown/black in colour with a light coloured belly and the distinctive crimson-red patch beneath the tail.
  • Head is black with a small peaked crest.

Click here for a fact sheet where you can listen to its call.

If you think you have seen or heard the Red vented bulbul, or any other unusual pest or disease, please contact the MPI exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 665 825.

Grower News
19 May 2016
Speaker of the House visits KVH
19 May 2016
The Hon David Carter visited KVH last week to get an overview on how the industry is managing Psa-V and to observe how prepared we are for a future biosecurity incursion. David Carter was Minister...
Speaker of the House visits KVH
19 May 2016

The Hon David Carter visited KVH last week to get an overview on how the industry is managing Psa-V and to observe how prepared we are for a future biosecurity incursion.

David Carter was Minister of Biosecurity in 2010 when Psa-V arrived in New Zealand and supported the industry with $25 million of government funding, which was matched with industry funding, and enabled the industry to rapidly respond and begin the long road to recovery from Psa-V.

After being briefed on what KVH is doing to support the industry from biosecurity incursions, along with the current approach to Psa-V management, he visited an orchard to better understand the current state of the industry.

He was very complementary about how far the industry has progressed since 2010, and the work that is being done to protect the industry from biosecurity threats into the future.
 

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