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Biosecurity News
29 October 2015
Onions join GIA biosecurity partnership
29 October 2015
On 9 October Onions New Zealand signed the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response at a ceremony in Pukekohe, becoming the first vegetable group and the sixth...
Onions join GIA biosecurity partnership
29 October 2015

On 9 October Onions New Zealand signed the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response at a ceremony in Pukekohe, becoming the first vegetable group and the sixth signatory to sign the Deed.

Onions NZ join KVH and Pipfruit NZ as horticultural signatories of the Deed. 
 
Grower News
29 October 2015
Whangarei Regional Update
29 October 2015
Last week KVH completed a second round of monitoring in the Whangarei region – covering 16A blocks in the controlled area and the orchards closest to the first positive orchard. No further Psa...
Whangarei Regional Update
29 October 2015

Last week KVH completed a second round of monitoring in the Whangarei region – covering 16A blocks in the controlled area and the orchards closest to the first positive orchard.

No further Psa symptoms were identified.
 
The controlled area remains in place restricting movement of plant material, beehives and contractor’s equipment. The Controlled Area Notice can be viewed here.
 
Growers within the controlled areas are required to monitor their orchards fortnightly until further notice and report their results to KVH.
 
The next round of mandatory monitoring is due to be reported to KVH on Friday 6th November – Click here to access the online reporting tool.
 
Grower News
29 October 2015
KVH Regional Coordinator Role Review
29 October 2015
 KVH have recently reviewed the role of the KVH Regional Coordinator.  The Regional Coordinator role was established in the initial response to Psa to support growers and Post-harvest...
KVH Regional Coordinator Role Review
29 October 2015

 KVH have recently reviewed the role of the KVH Regional Coordinator.  The Regional Coordinator role was established in the initial response to Psa to support growers and Post-harvest companies to work collectively in managing the Psa-V risk in their region.

Since 2012 the Regional Coordinators have assisted KVH supporting the implementation and adoption of the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP).  As we have gained knowledge on how to best manage the bacteria and reduce risks on orchards, growers have integrated these practices into their orchard management programme and their need for support has reduced.  
 
The overall level of Regional Coordinator activity has diminished quite significantly, especially in Recovery regions with post-harvest support present and Psa-V management is seen very much as part of the wider orchard management function.
 
The KVH Board approved changes to the Regional Coordinator structure and policy at its September meeting and agreed to: 
  • Discontinue with the Regional Coordinator roles in the wider Bay of Plenty including Opotiki, Edgecumbe, KatiKati and Waihi (they have already been discontinued in Te Puke and Tauranga). The Regional Coordinator function will be retained in other regions where Psa has established more recently and/or post-harvest support may not be as present.
  • Incorporate a wider biosecurity function and reduce the Psa associated activities as appropriate. 
  • Reduce funding to a maximum of $250 per month per region and encourage regions with reasonable fighting funds established to suspend payments until a need arises. 
These changes have been reflected in an updated Regional Coordinators Policy which can be viewed here.
 
The KVH Board and Management would like to sincerely thank the Regional Coordinators and Post-harvest operators for their valuable contribution in helping to manage Psa within their regions. The efforts provided by Regional Coordinators, their committees and Post-harvest operators has been a real asset in the fight against Psa.
 
We look forward to continuing the excellent working relationship with Regional Coordinators in the regions where the role continues.
 
Grower News
22 October 2015
HIGH-RISK WEATHER forecast for Labour weekend
22 October 2015
Historically, weather events over Labour weekend have resulted in Psa-V symptoms appearing shortly after. The weather around most of the north island this labour weekend is forecast for heavy rain...
HIGH-RISK WEATHER forecast for Labour weekend
22 October 2015

Historically, weather events over Labour weekend have resulted in Psa-V symptoms appearing shortly after. The weather around most of the north island this labour weekend is forecast for heavy rain and wind. Growers should be prepared for these high-risk spring weather events with protective sprays applied in the lead up to these events. Click here for the KVH recommended product list for this time of year.
 

Biosecurity News
15 October 2015
MPI confirms details of Border Clearance Levy
15 October 2015
KVH fully supports yesterday’s announcement by the Government to finalise the Border Clearance Levy on passengers entering New Zealand from 1 January 2016. The levy comes into effect on...
MPI confirms details of Border Clearance Levy
15 October 2015

KVH fully supports yesterday’s announcement by the Government to finalise the Border Clearance Levy on passengers entering New Zealand from 1 January 2016.

  • The levy comes into effect on 1 January 2016 and will be NZ$18.76 + GST for air travellers and those arriving and departing on private craft, and NZ$22.80 + GST for cruise passengers.
  • Passenger volumes are forecast to increase to 13.3 million by 2018/19.  This growth is expected to continue at around 3.5–4 percent per year.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) carried out a thorough consultation process which the kiwifruit industry was actively engaged with.

KVH supports the levy as it will provide sustainable funding into the future and address New Zealand’s increasing biosecurity risks as more and more passengers enter New Zealand. As passenger numbers coming into New Zealand rise, so too does the risk of unwanted pests and diseases.

The levy creates a funding mechanism that can keep pace with the changing risk profile; and those that create risks at the border will fund the activities to mitigate them.

Click here for more information on the Government’s website.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
15 October 2015
Important pollination messages for growers and pollen providers
15 October 2015
There are higher levels of infection in male vines this year and we know Psa-V infection in flowers travels through to pollen and can spread onto other orchards. Growers with little or no male...
Important pollination messages for growers and pollen providers
15 October 2015

There are higher levels of infection in male vines this year and we know Psa-V infection in flowers travels through to pollen and can spread onto other orchards.

Growers with little or no male infection are urged to consider making their orchard available for flower picking to support their own and industry stocks. Early male flowers can be collected for pollen without impacting on pollination.

Gowers supplying flowers are asked to assess their orchards to avoid infected areas and monitor pickers to ensure infected flowers are not picked.

All pollen providers must:

Growers should not be sourcing pollen from a supplier who is not registered with KVH – click here for a list of registered pollen suppliers on the KVH website.
 

Grower News
15 October 2015
Timing of elicitors and CPPU
15 October 2015
While copper forms the base of the Psa-V spray programme through spring, products such as Actigard™ and Ambitious should also be included to provide additional protection against leaf spot and...
Timing of elicitors and CPPU
15 October 2015

While copper forms the base of the Psa-V spray programme through spring, products such as Actigard™ and Ambitious should also be included to provide additional protection against leaf spot and flower bud infection.

Trials have shown these products are most effective when applied before leafspot symptoms appear and most growing regions will be at, or fast approaching, a canopy stage suitable to application (pictured).

The best timing for Ambitious is mid-way between bud-break and flowering; or if two applications are planned, apply three weeks post bud-break, with the second two weeks later. As a guide, shoots should be around 100mm long. Use of this product on Gold varieties is not recommended.

Foliar Actigard™ may be applied as soon as the canopy is sufficiently developed for absorption. If vines are under stress from factors such as wind, frost and drought it may be prudent to delay applications until the canopy is more established.  A second application of Actigard™ immediately pre-flowering will assist with Psa-V protection during flowering.

Coppers need to be reapplied to match rate of shoot extension, with all sprays applied at label rates.  Maintain comprehensive spray programmes throughout spring, irrespective of weather patterns as risk events can arise quickly.  The removal of infected material from canopies is equally important in reducing risk of infection spread.
 

Grower News
15 October 2015
Kasumin timing
15 October 2015
Growers are reminded Kasumin cannot be applied within three weeks of flowering. Gold3 growers in most regions will be within or close to this window and should now be moving to KeyStrepto™ if...
Kasumin timing
15 October 2015

Growers are reminded Kasumin cannot be applied within three weeks of flowering. Gold3 growers in most regions will be within or close to this window and should now be moving to KeyStrepto™ if risk and weather events warrant the application of a bactericide. KeyStrepto™ may be applied up until one week before the first flower opens.

Hayward growers also need to consider flowering timing to ensure they do not run the risk of fruit residues through applying products outside the allowed timing.

Time applications of bactericides to weather events using the Psa-V Risk Model to assess upcoming risk.
 

Grower News
15 October 2015
Pre-flower girdles on green varieties - act now
15 October 2015
Growers with green blocks at high risk of bud-rot infection should be considering a pre-flower girdle now to manage flower bud infection risk. Sepal staining and leafspot are beginning to show on...
Pre-flower girdles on green varieties - act now
15 October 2015

Growers with green blocks at high risk of bud-rot infection should be considering a pre-flower girdle now to manage flower bud infection risk.

Sepal staining and leafspot are beginning to show on some Hayward and G14 blocks (pictured) particularly in colder locations or where higher levels of Psa infection have occurred this spring.

Pre-flower trunk girdling provides a tool for reducing Psa-V bud-rot and increasing fruit-set for both Hayward and Green14 varieties. Best results are achieved when applied around 30 days before flowering.  Many orchards are now within, or fast approaching, this timing window.

For best results apply full girdles to both male and female vines and avoid girdling stressed plants. Choose a low-risk weather period, apply girdles to stumps in preference to young scions, girdle to the correct depth and ensure tools are sterilised between plants.

Even if sepal staining is already being seen, trial results suggest there is benefit in applying a pre-flower girdle.

This tool is strongly recommended for at-risk organic sites. Leave some vines un-girdled to gauge the effectiveness of this technique on your site.

Click here for further information on trunk girdling on the Zespri Canopy
 

Biosecurity News
15 October 2015
Biosecurity workshop at the Kiwifruit Innovation Symposium
15 October 2015
Growers are encouraged to attend the upcoming inaugural Kiwifruit Innovation Symposium on Thursday 29 October which includes an interactive biosecurity workshop. There has been a lot happening in...
Biosecurity workshop at the Kiwifruit Innovation Symposium
15 October 2015

Growers are encouraged to attend the upcoming inaugural Kiwifruit Innovation Symposium on Thursday 29 October which includes an interactive biosecurity workshop.

There has been a lot happening in the biosecurity space and the event provides a great opportunity to be updated on what’s happening and also discuss future ideas and opportunities.

The session will give an update on biosecurity threats and the activities being undertaken to mitigate these; and explore opportunities to enhance our system for reporting emerging risks and on-orchard biosecurity practices.

For more information and to book your tickets to the Symposium go to http://zesprievents.co.nz/
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
15 October 2015
Wild kiwifruit report
15 October 2015
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) has provided details of the 2014/15 wild kiwifruit control programme. Contractors controlled 4988 wild vines on properties in the Pyes Pa, Omanawa and Te...
Wild kiwifruit report
15 October 2015

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) has provided details of the 2014/15 wild kiwifruit control programme.

Contractors controlled 4988 wild vines on properties in the Pyes Pa, Omanawa and Te Puke east areas.  Most vines were 3cm or less basal diameter, indicating the plants had grown from recently germinated seed.  Birds such as wax-eyes spread kiwifruit seed by feeding on unpicked fruit over winter months.  Therefore, it is important growers remove all unpicked fruit from orchard vines.

Council recently approved further funding assistance for the wild kiwifruit control programme after considering a KVH submission to BOPRC’s Long Term Plan 2015-2025.  BOPRC and KVH will each provide 37.5% of contractor control costs; and landowners will provide 25%.  Wild kiwifruit is a containment pest in Council’s Regional Pest Management Plan and landowners are required to control all wild kiwifruit growing on their property.

KVH will continue to work collaboratively with the BOPRC (and other regional and district councils) to ensure wild kiwifruit is destroyed.  Wild kiwifruit presents a potential biosecurity risk by harbouring pests and exacerbating further spread if wild vines themselves set fruit.

If you know the location of wild kiwifruit plants, please report them to KVH on 0800 665 825; or if growing in the Bay of Plenty – to a biosecurity officer at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council on 0800 884 880.
 

Biosecurity News
14 October 2015
Border Clearance Levy a welcome result for kiwifruit industry
14 October 2015
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) fully supports today’s announcement by the Government to finalise the Border Clearance Levy on passengers entering New Zealand from 1 January 2016. KVH Chief...
Border Clearance Levy a welcome result for kiwifruit industry
14 October 2015

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) fully supports today’s announcement by the Government to finalise the Border Clearance Levy on passengers entering New Zealand from 1 January 2016.

KVH Chief Executive, Barry O’Neil, says The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has carried out a thorough consultation process which the kiwifruit industry has been actively engaged with.

“KVH has always supported the levy as it will provide sustainable funding into the future and address New Zealand’s increasing biosecurity risks as more and more passengers enter New Zealand. As a GIA partner we provided input during the consultation period to ensure the best possible outcome was achieved for the kiwifruit industry and New Zealand.”

“We believe the Government has landed in an appropriate and pragmatic place as a result of the consultation.”

The kiwifruit industry is no stranger to unwanted pests and diseases so is very supportive of any initiatives that increase protection at the border. 

“As passenger numbers coming into New Zealand rise, so too does the risk of unwanted pests and diseases. Therefore it makes sense to have a funding mechanism that can keep pace with the changing risk profile; and those that create risks at the border will also fund the activities to mitigate them.”

Passenger volumes are forecast to increase to 13.3 million by 2018/19.  This growth is expected to continue at around 3.5–4 percent per year.

  • Click here for more information on the Government’s website.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz