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Protocols & Movement Controls
7 September 2017
Psa mandatory monitoring
7 September 2017
All growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September...
Psa mandatory monitoring
7 September 2017

All growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October.

All growers in the Whangarei region (where a Controlled Area notice remains in place) are required to carry out additional monitoring and report their results on the following dates:

•    6 October
•    27 October
•    10 November
•    1 December

To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available on the KVH website here. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or if you require assistance to complete the online form.

Growers should discuss monitoring rounds with their post-harvest team to provide good information on which to plan Psa spray programmes through spring. It is important that orchards with ‘Not Detected’ status are also monitored by a team that is familiar with Psa symptoms. If Psa symptoms are found growers, or their pack-house Psa manager should notify KVH so records can be updated.
 

Grower News
7 September 2017
Supply Agreement training
7 September 2017
NZKGI is offering all growers the ability to take part in their Supply Agreement training for the first time – giving participants a stronger understanding of how the kiwifruit industry is...
Supply Agreement training
7 September 2017

NZKGI is offering all growers the ability to take part in their Supply Agreement training for the first time – giving participants a stronger understanding of how the kiwifruit industry is structured.

Such an opportunity to get detailed information and training designed specifically for growers on the Supply Agreement comes highly recommended. A supply entity who has taken the programme said:

“Thanks for the opportunity to be part of the Supply Agreement training that NZKGI has been an advocate for. The response from all those that attended the course was consistent – the course was excellent. Personnel learnt a lot with so much making more sense to them now. Marks also to Start Afresh Ltd; their presenters were well prepared and had a high-level understanding of the topics, which they were able to explain in a relaxed manner and in plain English.”

Register your interest now and take part in the first round of training. Expressions of interest are being taken here.

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 September 2017
New nursery joins KPCS
7 September 2017
Jabula Nursery has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). The nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in...
New nursery joins KPCS
7 September 2017

Jabula Nursery has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).

The nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in the Waikato region.

KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries and only KPCS certified plants should be obtained. Visit the KVH website for a list of nurseries and their KPCS status
 

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Be on the lookout for myrtle rust
7 September 2017
Now it’s spring, myrtle rust may be more noticeable. If you see it, don’t touch it – call the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66. Myrtle rust could affect...
Be on the lookout for myrtle rust
7 September 2017

Now it’s spring, myrtle rust may be more noticeable. If you see it, don’t touch it – call the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66.

Myrtle rust could affect iconic New Zealand plants like pōhutukawa, kānuka, manuka, ramarama and rātā, as well as species such as eucalyptus, guava and feijoa.

To protect any myrtaceae species on your property (eg in your garden or orchard), you may want to consider spraying them with copper at label rates.

Be on the lookout for:
•    bright yellow powdery eruptions appearing on the underside of the leaf (young infection)
•    bright yellow powdery eruptions on both sides of the leaf (mature infection)
•    brown/grey rust pustules (older spores) which can appear on older lesions
•    buckled or twisted leaves which may die off.

*Update 13 September 2017:

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has issued an update advising that since myrtle rust was found in New Zealand earlier this year, there has not been a single feijoa plant found with the infection.

MPI has taken samples from feijoa plants in nurseries and home gardens where other plants are infected with the disease and the feijoa plants were clear. This information, combined with Australian data showing feijoas appear to be resistant, has led to MPI concluding that feijoas present a low risk of spreading myrtle rust to other uninfected myrtle plants. Read more here.

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
World expert helps the kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
7 September 2017
Last week KVH and Zespri hosted two international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts, Dr Tracy Leskey and Dr Kim Hoelmer, to refine our approach for managing this pest should it manage to...
World expert helps the kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
7 September 2017

Last week KVH and Zespri hosted two international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts, Dr Tracy Leskey and Dr Kim Hoelmer, to refine our approach for managing this pest should it manage to establish in New Zealand.

They attended a meeting with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other horticultural sectors where they provided input into our national response plan for BMSB, including how we would respond to an initial detection, and attempts at eradication.

Dr Leskey also presented to kiwifruit growers early in the week. The entomologist and researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) discussed BMSB with more than 100 people who packed into The Orchard Church in Te Puke to learn more about the unwanted pests impacts on horticulture, post-harvest facilities, and residential areas in the USA.

Dr Leskey went into detail about actions underway in the USA to manage BMSB in crops; the importance of collecting good dispersal and behavioural information about the bug; effective insecticides; biological control options; and various border strategies such as traps and trap crops like sorghum and sunflower.

As a coordinator of StopBMSB – one of the world’s largest research initiatives into BMSB, involving more than 50 researchers across 18 organisations – Dr Leskey will continue to work with KVH and Zespri to fill knowledge gaps around our New Zealand eradication plans, as well as potential long term management and control options within kiwifruit orchards.

Much of what Dr Leskey discussed is mentioned in the StopBMSB integrated pest management fact sheet available online, which provides a synopsis of what researchers have learned so far, and management recommendations using an integrated approach.

Growers at the meeting watched a new video demonstrating the impacts BMSB has had on gold kiwifruit in Italy – you can view it on the KVH YouTube channel here.

KVH detailed the work being done to ensure the New Zealand kiwifruit industry is prepared for BMSB, including a promising control strategy in the form of a biological control (the Samurai Wasp), in the latest KVH Annual Report. More information about response and long term management plans should the bug establish in New Zealand, is also available on the BMSB page of the KVH website.
 

Company Notices
30 August 2017
KVH AGM 2017 result
30 August 2017
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to all growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted. All resolutions were passed. Under...
KVH AGM 2017 result
30 August 2017

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to all growers who were able to attend, and thanks also go to all who voted.

All resolutions were passed. Under general business, a discussion was held about future biosecurity activities and costs. More information about this – and the consultation KVH will undertake with members – will be available shortly. All AGM documents, including full details about the resolutions, financial statements and budget information, are available to reference on the KVH website.

Thanks go to all members for the continued support of KVH and associated biosecurity activities.

 

Company Notices
24 August 2017
AGM results
24 August 2017
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held this morning. Thank you to all those who were able to attend. The results will be available next week, if you have any questions in the meantime...
AGM results
24 August 2017

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held this morning. Thank you to all those who were able to attend.

The results will be available next week, if you have any questions in the meantime please either contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or speak to a KVH Director.

All AGM documents, including financial statements and budget information, are available to reference on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
24 August 2017
New seasonal management guide out now
24 August 2017
The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2017-18 is being sent to all growers in the August edition of the Zespri Kiwiflier. Also available to view or download from the KVH website, a key feature...
New seasonal management guide out now
24 August 2017

The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2017-18 is being sent to all growers in the August edition of the Zespri Kiwiflier.

Also available to view or download from the KVH website, a key feature of the wall chart is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the upcoming seasons approved products for protection against Psa-V, their year-round application rates, and permitted use periods.

Key changes to this season’s product list are:
• ChampION++® joins the copper product list. This copper hydroxide is registered with a full label claim against Psa and is Biogro registered.    
• KiwiVax TM has been added as a further biological product option for growers. Applied as  a root drench,  KiwiVax TM has a limited claim against Psa and is Biogro registered.

As per previous years, growers will receive an A2 sized printed chart. Please note that any changes or updates made to the chart/product list will be made to the online version only.

Grower News
24 August 2017
BMSB meeting with world expert
24 August 2017
All growers are invited to hear a presentation from a world expert on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) next week. Hosted by Dr Tracy Leskey from the United States Department of Agriculture...
BMSB meeting with world expert
24 August 2017

All growers are invited to hear a presentation from a world expert on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) next week.

Hosted by Dr Tracy Leskey from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there will be discussions on how BMSB impacts horticulture, post-harvest and residential areas in the USA, and what is being done to control the pest.

Dr Leskey is an entomologist and researcher for the USDA, working to protect growers from invasive pests like the BMSB by finding sustainable, ecologically sound solutions. Dr Leskey is a co-director of StopBMSB, which is probably the world’s largest research initiative into BMSB, involving more than 50 researchers across 18 organisations.

When: Monday 28 August, 10am to midday with tea and coffee upon arrival.
Where: The Orchard Church, 20 Macloughlin Drive, Te Puke.

 

Biosecurity News
24 August 2017
Video guide to the Psa-V Risk Model
24 August 2017
A reminder that KVH has developed an online video tutorial to guide growers through the Psa-V Risk Model, demonstrating how to use the weather tools available. Developed as an online,...
Video guide to the Psa-V Risk Model
24 August 2017

A reminder that KVH has developed an online video tutorial to guide growers through the Psa-V Risk Model, demonstrating how to use the weather tools available.

Developed as an online, weather-based decision support system, the model helps growers with orchard management in a Psa environment. It includes actual weather station data and weather forecast details to provide customised access to unique disease information and interpretiations.

Click here to view the tutorial and click here to access the model. Please note, growers must be registered with the KVH website to use the model – if you haven’t already done so, please register now.

Company Notices
24 August 2017
The Bulletin gets a facelift
24 August 2017
Regular readers of the Bulletin will notice some changes to the design. We’ve updated the banner that runs along the top of the page and we’re using some different colours. In previous...
The Bulletin gets a facelift
24 August 2017

Regular readers of the Bulletin will notice some changes to the design. We’ve updated the banner that runs along the top of the page and we’re using some different colours.

In previous issues of the Bulletin we mentioned that we’re going to be freshening up our look and the way we present things. We started making some changes at Fieldays (when visitors to our stand will have noticed our new display banners) and growers received the new-look Annual Report recently in the mail.  As mentioned earlier in this Bulletin, the new seasonal management guide is out now and that has also been refreshed with updated content and a new design.

Please email us if you would like to subscribe to the fortnightly KVH Bulletin.

Biosecurity News
24 August 2017
KVH working with HortNZ to deliver better biosecurity
24 August 2017
A new agreement between KVH and Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) to improve biosecurity focused efforts for growers has been developed. KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil says the Memorandum...
KVH working with HortNZ to deliver better biosecurity
24 August 2017

A new agreement between KVH and Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) to improve biosecurity focused efforts for growers has been developed.

KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil says the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) finalised earlier this week will ensure the kiwifruit industry achieves better biosecurity.

“Protecting the kiwifruit industry from unwanted pests and diseases is our absolute priority, and with so many different moving parts the more effort we can put into this, the better. By working more closely with HortNZ, we can better streamline our resources and more efficiently take part in readiness and response activities for the benefit of our growers.”

“It will mean for example that HortNZ will be a support network for KVH during Ministry for Primary Industries Wellington-based activities, and allow for us to better utilise HortNZ’s influence in working with other horticulture sectors in strengthening overall biosecurity protection and preparedness.”

HortNZ Chief Executive Mike Chapman adds that the MOU is a natural progression for two organisations who already work closely together and are increasingly undertaking greater biosecurity activities.

“HortNZ and KVH share the same biosecurity goals. We want to make sure unwanted threats that could affect our growers are kept out of New Zealand, but we know that we also need to be well-prepared in the event they get here. By aligning our activities and messages, we can be more effective in our advocacy role in government, as well as increasing grower biosecurity awareness and on-orchard practices.”

“HortNZ provides strong leadership and coordination efforts across the horticultural sectors – with this agreement we’re also confirming our ability to provide robust biosecurity policy and submissions advice to the kiwifruit industry. This will in-turn reduce significant duplication in effort by both organisations and most importantly, help deliver a better, more efficient, biosecurity preparedness operating model for growers.”

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