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Protocols & Movement Controls
28 January 2016
Ohaeawai Nursery - CORRECTION
28 January 2016
In the January edition of the Kiwifruit Journal, Ohaeawai Nursery advertised kiwifruit plants for sale in a leaflet that contained errors. The leaflet stated that “all zones including Exclusion...
Ohaeawai Nursery - CORRECTION
28 January 2016

In the January edition of the Kiwifruit Journal, Ohaeawai Nursery advertised kiwifruit plants for sale in a leaflet that contained errors. The leaflet stated that “all zones including Exclusion and Controlled” could be supplied with kiwifruit plants.

However, KVH have advised Ohaeawai Nursery that until it joins the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) it cannot supply plants to Whangarei (an Exclusion region with a controlled area in place); and even under the KPCS, plants from Ohaeawai Nursery will not be able to be supplied to the South Island (also an Exclusion region).

Ohaeawai Nursery is in the process of joining the KPCS and is currently a KVH-registered nursery.

Biosecurity News
28 January 2016
Tau fly update
28 January 2016
To date, no further Tau Flies have been detected in Auckland; the total remains as one male Tau Fly detected. If no further flies are found within 14 days of its detection, the response will...
Tau fly update
28 January 2016

To date, no further Tau Flies have been detected in Auckland; the total remains as one male Tau Fly detected.

If no further flies are found within 14 days of its detection, the response will conclude and New Zealand will regain its fruit fly free status. No markets have placed restrictions on NZ products.

Field operational activities are ongoing including checking surveillance traps in Zone A and B, fruit and vegetable monitoring, amnesty bin placement and visiting retailers and other sites of interest.

Residents in the Controlled Area are asked NOT to move the following produce:

  • Pumpkin
  • Melon
  • Cucumber
  • Capsicum
  • Zucchini
  • Beans
  • Mango
  • Eggplant
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit

Click here for more information on the MPI website.

Biosecurity News
28 January 2016
Educating cruise ship passengers on biosecurity
28 January 2016
October through to May is the height of cruise ship season which brings thousands of passengers into New Zealand through our Ports. This increase in visitors also increases the risk of pests and...
Educating cruise ship passengers on biosecurity
28 January 2016

October through to May is the height of cruise ship season which brings thousands of passengers into New Zealand through our Ports. This increase in visitors also increases the risk of pests and diseases entering our borders through disembarking passengers.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has done a tremendous job with cruise ship management and staff to help them educate passengers of the risk they present before they disembark. This then lessens disruption during the biosecurity screening process as they leave the ship.

An example of measures to educate passengers and reduce biosecurity risk on a recently-arrived cruise ship into Auckland and Tauranga included:

  • All whole fruit removed from buffet the night before arrival and only fruit slices served
  • Ship-wide biosecurity announcements broadcasted every 30 minutes
  • Biosecurity messaging in ship’s newsletter and on TV screens
  • Ship-side amnesty bins and extra signage in place
  • 100% baggage inspection by shipping line staff prior to border inspections by MPI
  • Passengers advised of delays at the next port should seizures be found
  • A Quarantine Officer was available prior to disembarking to assist passengers with their questions

As a result of these measures, the more than 2600 passengers then screened by MPI had only one minor seizure amongst them.

Grower News
28 January 2016
Take care when applying copper
28 January 2016
Most growing areas are reporting reduced levels of Psa-V symptoms through January. This is expected as higher summer temperatures are less conducive to Psa-V spread. However, wet periods add risk...
Take care when applying copper
28 January 2016

Most growing areas are reporting reduced levels of Psa-V symptoms through January. This is expected as higher summer temperatures are less conducive to Psa-V spread.

However, wet periods add risk where Psa-V is present, particularly for young tissue. Trimming new male growth, and removing infected material from the canopy will reduce risk of Psa-V build-up.

The Psa-V Risk Model predicts risk associated with upcoming weather patterns and should be used to assess when additional protective coppers should be applied.

Be cautious of weather conditions when applying copper, as humidity can impact on drying and slow drying increases risk of phytotoxicity.  Ideally, also avoid tank mixing copper with other products.

Biosecurity News
22 January 2016
Tau fly detected in Auckland
22 January 2016
The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed a single, male Tau fly (Bactrocera tau) was detected in a MPI surveillance trap in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa.  Click here for MPI's...
Tau fly detected in Auckland
22 January 2016

The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed a single, male Tau fly (Bactrocera tau) was detected in a MPI surveillance trap in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa. 

Click here for MPI's press release

Click here for further information on MPI’s website.

The Tau fly species is found in South East and Southern Asia and its host range includes pumpkins, squash, cucumbers and some related species. However, capsicum, beans, passionfruit, guava and melons are minor hosts.

It does NOT impact kiwifruit, pip and stone fruit or related horticultural species.

A Controlled Area Notice (CAN) has been established and is available on the MPI website.

 

Biosecurity News
22 January 2016
Tau fly detected in Auckland
22 January 2016
The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed a single, male Tau fly (Bactrocera tau) was detected in a MPI surveillance trap in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa.  Click here for MPI's...
Tau fly detected in Auckland
22 January 2016

The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed a single, male Tau fly (Bactrocera tau) was detected in a MPI surveillance trap in the South Auckland suburb of Manurewa. 

Click here for MPI's press release

Click here for further information on MPI’s website.

The Tau fly species is found in South East and Southern Asia and its host range includes pumpkins, squash, cucumbers and some related species. However, capsicum, beans, passionfruit, guava and melons are minor hosts.

It does NOT impact kiwifruit, pip and stone fruit or related horticultural species.

A Controlled Area Notice (CAN) has been established and is available on the MPI website.

 

Grower News
14 January 2016
Streptomycin resistance and copper tolerance testing
14 January 2016
As part of the ongoing Streptomycin resistance and copper tolerance testing programme, KVH commissioned two rounds of testing over spring 2015. The first round of testing was carried out on the...
Streptomycin resistance and copper tolerance testing
14 January 2016

As part of the ongoing Streptomycin resistance and copper tolerance testing programme, KVH commissioned two rounds of testing over spring 2015.
The first round of testing was carried out on the seven orchards where resistance was identified in autumn of 2015.

Up to 30 symptomatic samples from each orchard where collected and forwarded to Dnature for resistance testing using a new PCR test method.  The test results confirmed Streptomycin resistance was still present on six of the seven orchards tested. Of the six orchards, the percentage of positive Psa results showing resistances was below 5% on three orchards; between 20% and 25% on one orchard and above 25% on the other orchard.

KVH continues to liaise with these growers over how to best minimise the risk of resistance spreading throughout the orchard and onto neighbouring properties.

As part of the wider resistance monitoring programme, a total of 276 samples from 99 KPINs were collected from across the country in November and December and forwarded to Hills laboratory for streptomycin resistance and copper tolerance testing. No copper tolerance was identified in any of the samples. Three KPINs in the Edgecumbe/Whakatane area were confirmed as positive for Streptomycin resistant Psa. 

KVH has met with the owners of the three orchards and will be working with these growers to minimise the spread of streptomycin resistant Psa. The next round of resistance testing will be undertaken in February.

Biosecurity News
14 January 2016
Kiwiberry GIA application submitted to Minister
14 January 2016
NZ Kiwiberry Growers Inc (NZKBG) and KVH have jointly submitted an application to the Minister for Primary Industries for NZ Kiwiberry Growers to join Government Industry Agreements (GIA) and be...
Kiwiberry GIA application submitted to Minister
14 January 2016

NZ Kiwiberry Growers Inc (NZKBG) and KVH have jointly submitted an application to the Minister for Primary Industries for NZ Kiwiberry Growers to join Government Industry Agreements (GIA) and be represented by KVH in GIA decision making.

New Zealand kiwiberry growers voted in support of this arrangement and how they will fund their GIA commitments in 2014.

The new arrangement is fully supported by both KVH and NZKBG, and recognises both the commonality of biosecurity issues (across Actinidia spp.) and close existing relationships and association between kiwiberry and kiwifruit growers and industries.

Biosecurity News
14 January 2016
Raising biosecurity awareness amongst kiwifruit importers
14 January 2016
Imported Italian kiwifruit is a potential pathway for unwanted pest White Peach Scale (WPS) to enter New Zealand. WPS could easily adapt to New Zealand conditions and is therefore considered a...
Raising biosecurity awareness amongst kiwifruit importers
14 January 2016

Imported Italian kiwifruit is a potential pathway for unwanted pest White Peach Scale (WPS) to enter New Zealand. WPS could easily adapt to New Zealand conditions and is therefore considered a serious threat to our kiwifruit industry.

In the coming weeks KVH will be contacting all kiwifruit importers to reinforce the protocols for reducing risk of WPS, including systems for fruit disposal.

This also provides a great opportunity for KVH to raise awareness amongst staff of other unwanted pests and diseases such as Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, including what to look for, when the high-risk seasons are and what to do should they suspect it.

Growers can protect their own orchards by ensuring contractors do not bring imported fruit onto their property as discarded fruit and skins could contain the pest and establish on vines.

A fact sheet on WPS can be found here, if you think you have seen this pest please report to MPI on 0800 88 99 66 and inform KVH also.

Biosecurity News
14 January 2016
Summer high-risk for fruit fly entry
14 January 2016
Summer is a high-risk season for fruit flies entering New Zealand’s borders and KVH is calling for everyone travelling internationally at this time of year to be vigilant when returning to New...
Summer high-risk for fruit fly entry
14 January 2016

Summer is a high-risk season for fruit flies entering New Zealand’s borders and KVH is calling for everyone travelling internationally at this time of year to be vigilant when returning to New Zealand, in particular if returning from the east coast of Australia.

The last two years have seen fruit flies detected this side of the border during the summer months, triggering significant government and industry responses (Whangarei in January and April 2014; and Auckland in February 2015).

Everyone in the kiwifruit industry has a responsibility to manage biosecurity risks when travelling. Always declare or dispose of biosecurity risk goods such as food when returning.

Click here for KVH’s best practice for kiwifruit growers to help reduce biosecurity risk when returning from an offshore orchard or farm; and also what they can expect through border control when arriving back in New Zealand.

Biosecurity News
21 December 2015
Growers thank Grey Lynn residents
21 December 2015
Representatives from KVH, Pipfruit NZ and Horticulture NZ knocked on around 300 doors last Thursday to present residents in Grey Lynn with a gift voucher to say thank you for their ongoing support...
Growers thank Grey Lynn residents
21 December 2015

Representatives from KVH, Pipfruit NZ and Horticulture NZ knocked on around 300 doors last Thursday to present residents in Grey Lynn with a gift voucher to say thank you for their ongoing support during the fruit fly response.

KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil says support from the local community during the response was essential in achieving a successful outcome. “Without their cooperation over the last 10 months, eradication would have been far more difficult so we are very grateful for their ongoing assistance during a very inconvenient time for them”

The gift cards are redeemable at one of six retailers who were also affected by fruit and vegetable movement controls.

Pictured above (L-R): Peter Mourits (KVH), Lynne Hayman (Hort NZ), Andy Borland (Pipfruit NZ), John Cook (Hort NZ), Julian Raine (Hort NZ), Mike Chapman (NZKGI), Megan Meneely, Karyn Lowry, John Mathers and Linda Peacock (KVH).

Biosecurity News
21 December 2015
KVH attends fruit fly workshop
21 December 2015
While most of the KVH staff were out door knocking and wrapping up this year’s fruit fly response last week, another KVH member was attending a two-day workshop to help prepare for the next...
KVH attends fruit fly workshop
21 December 2015

While most of the KVH staff were out door knocking and wrapping up this year’s fruit fly response last week, another KVH member was attending a two-day workshop to help prepare for the next biosecurity response (should this ever occur).

Over the last six months, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and AsureQuality (AQ) staff have been reviewing the Fruit Fly Response Standard and associated Operational Procedures to identify improvements that can be implemented in the short term, with a more comprehensive review of the Fruit Fly Standard to occur next year.

The workshop represented a culmination of these efforts, and walked through a proposed scenario to ensure that all proposed changes are embedded at an operational level and fit for purpose.

While New Zealand’s horticultural industries are all hoping for a pest-free Christmas and a response-free 2016, these activities are important to ensure that we are prepared should they occur.
 

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