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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.
 

Grower News
19 May 2016
Growers looking for rootstock
19 May 2016
Around this time each year a number of growers are trying to source kiwifruit plants at the last minute, which can be a difficult task as many nurseries have sold out. KVH is aware of some...
Growers looking for rootstock
19 May 2016

Around this time each year a number of growers are trying to source kiwifruit plants at the last minute, which can be a difficult task as many nurseries have sold out.

KVH is aware of some nurseries that have plants remaining, therefore, growers looking for plants, or other nurseries with plants remaining, can contact KVH at info@kvh.org.nz and we can endeavour to connect the parties.

Growers are advised to order plants a year in advance to prevent being caught in this situation.

Biosecurity News
19 May 2016
Developing tools to detect Pelargonium zonate spot virus
19 May 2016
The kiwifruit industry is funding a project that will provide tools to detect Pelargonium zonate spot virus (PZSV) should it arrive in New Zealand. PZSV is one of only two viruses known to induce...
Developing tools to detect Pelargonium zonate spot virus
19 May 2016

The kiwifruit industry is funding a project that will provide tools to detect Pelargonium zonate spot virus (PZSV) should it arrive in New Zealand.

PZSV is one of only two viruses known to induce severe symptoms in kiwifruit. This virus is widely distributed in many species but has only been reported in kiwifruit in Italy. It has not been reported in New Zealand.

Permission is being sought from MPI to import freeze-dried tissue containing PZSV and its use as reference material (positive control) to evaluate a molecular test for detection of the virus. The test would 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.

Any risks involved in this would be very carefully managed.

Click here for a factsheet on the potential risks and how these will be managed.

Protocols & Movement Controls
19 May 2016
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
19 May 2016
Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July. Unpicked fruit can greatly exacerbate the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native...
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
19 May 2016

Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July.

Unpicked fruit can greatly exacerbate the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native bush or exotic forestry, as fruit ripening over winter months provides a food source for birds such as white-eyes. 

Birds spread the seed through their droppings, together with a small fertiliser package, and a proportion of this seed can readily germinate. 

Between 2002 and 2012 contractors controlled an average of 11,000 wild vines per year in the Bay of Plenty region.

Unmanaged kiwifruit vines, including those with unpicked fruit, may also be a potential host for plant disease organisms.

There may be an increased amount of unharvested kiwifruit this season if fruit fails to meet industry export standards.

Unpicked fruit needs to be dropped to the ground and mulched.

Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July each year.  After this date KVH will follow-up reports of orchards with unpicked fruit with the orchard owners and post-harvest companies.
 

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