MPI has firmed up details about how they will spend new biosecurity funding under Budget 2015 and there will be a raft of new measures to make it harder for air passengers to bring risk goods into New Zealand. This includes trials to test 100% x-raying of arriving baggage, more dogs and mobile x-ray machines.
The trial of 100% x-raying will test its effectiveness in conjunction with the improved border measures, and help MPI understand the logistical challenges involved. Recent statistics on the warnings and fines issued to passengers highlighted the enduring biosecurity threat posed at the border by passengers.
Read more about MPI’s border updates here.
KVH has just completed a monitoring round of Gold3 and Hayward vines across the Bay of Plenty, including orchards from Maketu, Edgecumbe, Waihi and Opotiki.
Cane dieback and fresh exudate (often from multiple points) were obvious on many male vines and some female vines. Reports of similar symptoms have been received from Waikato and Katikati orchards.
With spring around the corner, growers are advised to carefully monitor areas of their orchards where they have had symptoms in the past.
Information on Psa-V management will be covered in the upcoming spring Psa industry meeting on Wednesday 2 September.
Following a recent review, the VLS Psa/microbiology laboratory owned by Seeka Kiwifruit Industries permanently closed on Monday 17 August.
VLS has provided a significant service to the industry during challenging times and has worked closely with KVH over the last four and a half years.
KVH would like to thank VLS, in particular Shalinee Dowlut and Murray Judd, for their testing service and contribution to the R&D programme.
A Psa testing service is still available from Hill Laboratories.
Congratulations to Craig Ward from Apata Group Ltd for winning the NZ Young Fruit Grower of the Year competition at the recent national competition in Christchurch. Craig also came runner-up for the overall NZ Young Grower competition.
Craig represented the Bay of Plenty in the national comp and was up against fruit growers from Otago, Nelson, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.
New biosecurity measures will be introduced by the Ministry for Primary Industries to make it tougher for air passengers to bring goods into New Zealand that could carry pests or diseases. The measures are the result of new biosecurity funding from the government’s 2015 budget.
The planned new biosecurity measures include:
Click here for more details on MPI’s website.
Import requirements for Mexican grapes may change following the detection of a black widow spider by a member of the public in some Mexican red seedless grapes.
More than 20 spiders were subsequently detected in imported Mexican grapes around the country.
MPI has an investigation underway and the results may see changes to the import health standard requirements. However it is too early to confirm what course of action MPI will take.
In the case of Mexico grapes, current requirement is for MPI officers (based in Arizona) to verify the fruit is free of pests, as certified by the Mexican government.
If regulated pests (including spiders) are detected, the consignment is not allowed to be exported. MPI has been fumigating all imports of this season’s Mexican grapes at the border since the discovery of the spiders.
The following notices will be published in the New Zealand Gazette following the approval of the grower levies at the KVH AGM held on 23 July 2015:
Pursuant to section 9 of the Biosecurity (Psa-V – Kiwifruit Levy) Order 2013, it was resolved at the Annual General Meeting of Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated on 23rd July 2015, that the levy rate for the 2016 levy year (commencing on 1 January 2016 and ending on 31 December 2016) apply at the rate of 0.28 cents per kilogram (1 cent per tray equivalent) to all varieties, or cultivars, of green kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) exported to any place other than Australia, and at the rate of 0.56 cents per kilogram (2 cents per tray equivalent) to all varieties, or cultivars, of gold and red kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) exported to any place other than Australia. Barry O’Neil, Chief Executive Officer, Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated. PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, NZ.
Pursuant to section 10 of the Biosecurity (Readiness and Response – Kiwifruit Levy) Order 2015, it was resolved at the Annual General Meeting of Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated on 23rd July 2015, that the levy rate for the 2016 levy year (commencing on 1 April 2016 and ending on 31 March 2017) apply at the rate of 0.16 cents per kilogram (0.6 cents per tray equivalent) for all varieties of kiwifruit of the genus Actinidia, except Actinidia Arguta, exported to markets other than Australia. Barry O’Neil, Chief Executive Officer, Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated. PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, NZ.
MPI’s Director of Border Clearance Services, Steve Gilbert, recently gave an overview of the very real biosecurity challenges New Zealand faces at the border to KVH members at its AGM.
Steve also outlined what MPI is doing to mitigate these risks and highlighted the critical role a working partnership between government and industry through GIA plays to support this.
Some key points from Steve’s presentation:
Click here to view Steve’s presentation.
KVH will hold a Psa-V spring industry meeting on Wednesday 2 September from 3pm-5pm at the Orchard Church in Te Puke and growers are encouraged to attend.
While Psa progression has slowed over the 2015 growing, spring is a high-risk season and a timely reminder to growers to keep up to date with the latest developments in R&D and Psa orchard management.
Joel Vanneste (P&FR), Barry O’Neil (KVH), Elaine Gould and Greg Clarke (Zespri) will present at the meeting.
Joel works closely with the industry to understand and provide advice around resistance management which is a focus for the industry this year.
Elaine and Greg will give an update on the KVH and Zespri R&D programme along with advice around pre-flowering trunk girdling and an update on the product testing programme.
Light refreshments will be provided following the meeting, providing a good networking opportunity.
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KVH Incorporated (KVHI) and The KVH Foundation Incorporated (KVHF) held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 23 July. All resolutions put forward to the members were approved.
Elicitors on Gold3 potted plants, January to March 2015
Field trials on potted Gold3 plants tested efficacy of a range of elicitors in inducing a plant immune response to Psa. TNL3454 (at higher concentrations) and AB48414 showed a level of Psa control comparable to Actigard™ for up to six weeks post-Psa inoculation. Citrox BioAlexin showed some significant Psa control four weeks post inoculation. This product could offer organic growers an elicitor option. However, further trials to prove consistent efficacy would be advisable. ProAct and Silver combined and Luna Care did not show efficacy.
Psa control products on Bruno potted plants, December 2014 to January 2015
Field trials on potted Bruno plants further tested the efficacy of a range of potential Psa protectants. At the recommended concentration, Nanospada significantly decreased leaf spotting for up to three weeks post Psa inoculation. When diluted, Nanospada had no significant effect, supporting the use of the recommended rate. Another product, TNL3214, significantly reduced leaf spotting throughout the trial. KOF products only provided control when combined with Streptomycin.
KVH and Zespri have established a Kiwifruit Biosecurity Steering Group with a goal of reducing the risk and impact of biosecurity incursions to the kiwifruit industry.
Consisting of members from KVH, Zespri, Plant and Food Research, Scion, Avocados New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the steering group will identify knowledge gaps and prioritise research needs relating to kiwifruit biosecurity threats not yet established in New Zealand.
Associated with the steering group is the newly established Kiwifruit Biosecurity Research Portfolio. The portfolio is funded by the KVH biosecurity levy with matching contributions by Zespri and managed by the Zespri Innovation team.
The Biosecurity Steering Group will prioritise research to meet the following objectives;
More information about the new Biosecurity Steering Group will be provided in the next Kiwifruit Journal article.