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Biosecurity News
21 September 2017
Fruit fly readiness planning
21 September 2017
Readiness and response activities for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) have been a focus of many articles in The Bulletin lately, but there is also plenty of similar readiness work underway for...
Fruit fly readiness planning
21 September 2017

Readiness and response activities for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) have been a focus of many articles in The Bulletin lately, but there is also plenty of similar readiness work underway for other organisms, both within the kiwifruit industry and at a national level.

Fruit fly in particular remains a high priority given the market access implications that can result from incursions of this pest.


While we are relatively well prepared for fruit fly with a tried and tested response plan, and a surveillance grid of around 8,000 pheromone traps checked on a fortnightly basis, incursions can still be costly to our industry as a result of market access restrictions. Horticultural sectors and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are working together on a shared work programme under Government Industry Agreements (GIA) to improve our readiness and reduce the impact of any future fruit fly incursion. Projects are cost shared and delivered under the Fruit Fly Council and Technical Working Group, which KVH is represented on.

As September marks the beginning of the high-risk season for fruit fly incursions, MPI is also beginning their summer campaign to reduce the likelihood of incursions. One initiative underway is the use of new hologram technology at Auckland International Airport to educate travellers about the damage a hitchhiking fruit fly could do to New Zealand orchards.

Biosecurity News
21 September 2017
Growers must not be afraid to report suspect finds
21 September 2017
We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result. Remember, there are...
Growers must not be afraid to report suspect finds
21 September 2017

We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result. Remember, there are no likely market access implications from Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) but the production impact is vast.

The sooner you alert us, the more we can do to help you. Early detection is key to eradiction – if we don’t report and miss this window, any one of a number of unwanted pests could establish and be a challenge we have to deal with forever.

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Improved import requirements help manage BMSB risk
7 September 2017
KVH continues to advocate strongly on behalf of the industry for strict and appropriate biosecurity border controls, and we’re pleased with the recent announcement from the Ministry for Primary...
Improved import requirements help manage BMSB risk
7 September 2017

KVH continues to advocate strongly on behalf of the industry for strict and appropriate biosecurity border controls, and we’re pleased with the recent announcement from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) of amendments to requirements for the import of vehicles, machinery and other equipment including tyres, from Italy.

During the 2016/2017 risk period, MPI recorded 152 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) interception events associated with finds of both dead and live BMSB on new and used items. MPI inspectors were unable to differentiate between those insects that may have been dead or live on reaching the New Zealand border as fumigation was also conducted immediately after arrival and would have killed any live specimens.

Italy was found to be the origin of 57% of these interception events, and of the 17 BMSB aggregations (larger groups of insects) that were found, 13 (76%) were of Italian origin. MPI are also aware that in areas with high BMSB populations, vehicles and machinery that are manufactured or stored there are highly infested. For example, one vehicle brand of Italian origin was found to be 50% infested with BMSB at the port of export.

To manage the significant risk of BMSB infestation in these items, the Import Health Standard – which specifies the requirements that must be met to manage biosecurity risk associated with importing goods and getting biosecurity clearance for them – has been modified to include more targeted measures around fumigation and making sure that MPI approved management systems are used.

The new requirements apply for the duration of the high-risk season of September 2017 through to April 2018. MPI has signalled that it intends to further revise the standard, in consultation with importers and exporters, before the end of April 2018 to ensure potential BMSB risk continues to be well managed. KVH will also be involved in this process.

Company Notices
7 September 2017
Farewell to KVH Board member
7 September 2017
Kiwifruit Supplier Representative, Alister Hawkey, has stood down from his position on the KVH Board after completing his two-year appointment. The Board thank Mr Hawkey for his contribution since...
Farewell to KVH Board member
7 September 2017

Kiwifruit Supplier Representative, Alister Hawkey, has stood down from his position on the KVH Board after completing his two-year appointment.

The Board thank Mr Hawkey for his contribution since his appointment in October 2015. Alister has played a major part in the transition of KVH from being an organisation solely Psa focused, to one that is better prepared and ready to respond to the many biosecurity threats faced by the kiwifruit industry. We wish him all the best.

The Kiwifruit Supplier Group (KSG) is currently going through the process of appointing a new representative, who will join the KVH Board from October.
 

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Spring brings Psa symptoms
7 September 2017
As spring sap starts to flow and vines come out of winter dormancy, Psa symptoms will become more visible. Spring is a high-risk season for Psa, and growers, particularly those on early sites, are...
Spring brings Psa symptoms
7 September 2017

As spring sap starts to flow and vines come out of winter dormancy, Psa symptoms will become more visible.

Spring is a high-risk season for Psa, and growers, particularly those on early sites, are recommended to start monitoring their vines to understand how Psa is unfolding on their orchards.

Focus on high-risk plants/areas, paying particular attention to areas where application of a full Psa spray programme has been compromised due to difficult or impossible ground conditions through the autumn and winter period.

Be sure to remove infected material promptly to reduce the risk of Psa spread.

Throughout spring, growers should focus on minimising leaf spot and flower bud infection and maintain copper cover, including Actiguard™ and consider CPPU products.

Reports from the Bay of Plenty, Franklin and Gisborne regions over the past fortnight indicate some Gold3 growers are seeing active cankers with incidence more widespread than last year. More symptoms have been reported for M91 males.  Some Waihi, Waikato, Whanganui and Hawkes Bay growers report symptoms extending across both male and female Gold3 vines.

Click here for a photo gallery of symptoms recently reported to KVH.

A reminder, growers can use the Psa-V Risk Model to help identify upcoming risk periods and to assist with the timing of protective sprays. Click here to register to use the model if you haven’t already.

The new Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2017-18 is also a handy reference tool and is included in your latest Zespri Kiwiflier. It is also available to view or download from the KVH website. A key feature of the chart is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the approved products for protection against Psa-V, their year-round application rates, and permitted use periods.

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Spreading the stink bug message
7 September 2017
KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The nationwide effort to keep this pest out continues as we enter the high-risk...
Spreading the stink bug message
7 September 2017

KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The nationwide effort to keep this pest out continues as we enter the high-risk period and work with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other groups across horticulture to update our comprehensive communications strategy.

KVH is co-funding the strategy which is aimed at lifting public awareness around the damaging impacts of BMSB and will hopefully increase the livelihood of early detection through passive surveillance.

Key aspects of the communications strategy include:

Video
•    KVH has extra videos available online (and these will be used at various presentations too) relating to the impacts of BMSB on kiwifruit in Italy, a shortened Bug Man video about catching BMSB, and a One News article about the impacts all kiwis will face if this bug gets here and establishes.
•    MPI and industry groups are developing videos with BMSB champions.

Print advertising
•    Full page advertising over the high-risk period in NZ Gardener, Go Gardening, Kiwi Gardener, NZ Grower, and various industry publications and newsletters like The Kiwifruit Journal and The Orchardist.

Digital advertising
•    30 second ads running on the TVNZ and Three Now on demand services, and YouTube.
•    Displays on the Stuff, Herald, TVNZ and Three websites.

Media
•    Interviews and stories with mainstream media outlets using industry spokespeople as champions, and continuing the relationship with the Bug Man.

Social media
•    Facebook, Twitter and YouTube banners and ads pushing messages from the Bug Man and encouraging travellers/visitors to check their bags, rooms, and mail parcels.

Screens
•    Digital advertising on screens at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports.

Posters, stickers, and collateral
•    More engagement with everyone from garden centres and transitional facilities to backpackers, motels and travel agencies about BMSB and distribution of posters, stickers, fridge magnets and fact sheets.

Company Notices
7 September 2017
Meet the team - introducing Linda Peacock
7 September 2017
Linda has been with KVH since 2011 and has worked with growers and technical teams from all growing regions over the past six years, helping build knowledge around best practice management of Psa....
Meet the team - introducing Linda Peacock
7 September 2017

Linda has been with KVH since 2011 and has worked with growers and technical teams from all growing regions over the past six years, helping build knowledge around best practice management of Psa.

She is a member of the Psa steering group and also the Zespri crop protection steering group with input into research projects and facilitation and implementation of results from the KVH/ZESPRI research projects.

More recently, her role has had increased focus on biosecurity and now includes co-ordination of the KiwiNet representatives from across the post-harvest sector. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) now supersedes spring as her least favourite thing! Meeting and sharing knowledge with a wide range of great people across the industry remains the best part of her job.

Linda has been involved in the kiwifruit industry for 30 years, in both growing and post-harvest roles, and prior to joining KVH was technical manager at Direct Management Services (DMS).

Gardening, kayaking, biking and the great outdoors are weekend favourites and travel has and will always be, in the blood. Latest recommendation, a 12-day biking and kayak trip around Samoa.

 

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
BMSB impacts on kiwifruit in Italy
7 September 2017
A new video is available showing the impacts of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) on gold kiwifruit in Italy. The video helps us gain a better understanding of what Italian growers are facing and...
BMSB impacts on kiwifruit in Italy
7 September 2017

A new video is available showing the impacts of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) on gold kiwifruit in Italy.

The video helps us gain a better understanding of what Italian growers are facing and provides a practical on-orchard view of the severe damage this pest can do. BMSB is on the Kiwifruit's Most Unwanted list and a strong focus of KVH, especially with the high-risk season upon us.

Being on the lookout, knowing what to look for and how to report the bug is key - email KVH if you, your family or friends would like more of our handy fridge magnets to help identify this pest.

The video was shown at the BMSB grower meeting with international expert Dr Tracey Leskey, early last week. Read more about the meeting and industry preparedness for BMSB here.

 
 

 

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

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place on Thursday 24 August. Thank you to 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 their continued support of KVH and associated biosecurity activities.
 

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Be on the lookout for new thrips in glasshouses
7 September 2017
Poinsettia thrips are an emerging pest of greenhouse nursery plants in eastern USA and in some parts of Asia.  The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is looking into the discovery of a...
Be on the lookout for new thrips in glasshouses
7 September 2017

Poinsettia thrips are an emerging pest of greenhouse nursery plants in eastern USA and in some parts of Asia. 

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is looking into the discovery of a small number of thrips on contained nursery plants, including kiwifruit plants, in New Zealand. A fact sheet that has been developed with KVH is available here.

If the pests were to establish in New Zealand they won’t survive outside of greenhouses but will cause significant challenges to the glasshouse industry.

Growers, nursery and greenhouse staff in particular are asked to familiarise themselves with the fact sheet and immediately report any signs of the pest to the MPI exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Sniffer dog joins stink bug fight
7 September 2017
A bug-sniffing detector dog introduced by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will help stop the potentially devastating Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from making a home in New...
Sniffer dog joins stink bug fight
7 September 2017

A bug-sniffing detector dog introduced by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will help stop the potentially devastating Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from making a home in New Zealand.

The labrador, named Georgie, demonstrated her sniffing skills on stage last week by locating dead stink bugs hidden in a harvesting machine at the New Zealand Winegrowers conference.

MPI will have two trained dogs ready to sniff out stink bugs this summer, including a specialist dog to assist with detecting the pest in the event of an incursion. Read more here.
 

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.
 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
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Email: info@kvh.org.nz