New Zealand is tightening its borders by increasing scrutiny of yachts arriving in Northland this summer as a result of the two Queensland fruit fly detections in Whangarei early this year. This follows a review of how the fruit flies could have arrived in New Zealand which KVH participated in.
Eight extra quarantine inspectors will be working in Northland in ‘rummaging teams’, from October to mid-December when the bulk of yachts arrive.
MPI is also training detector dogs, working with locals, the navy and air force and contact yachties before they come to New Zealand.
Click here to read MPI's media release.
Click here to read the full article on the 3 News website.
The KeyStrepto™ User Guide has been updated with the new ACVM conditions of use. The updated User Guide and accompanying grower letter to be distributed through retailers is available on the KVH website here.
The key change is from 1 October growers must register their intent to spray KeyStrepto™ on the Zespri Canopy or KVH website and orchards may be subject to random audits. The online function will be available from 1 October. Before 1 October, you do not have to register intent online but all requirements and best practices must be followed. Refer to the KeyStrepto™ User Guide, including a Site Inspection Record.
While some of the conditions of use have changed, the responsibility to minimise nectar-bearing flowers such as buttercup and clover is unchanged from previous years.
Other conditions of use
Refer to the KeyStrepto™ User Guide for detailed rules of use. Growers are responsible for ensuring all use conditions are complied with.
The 2014 Operational Plan was approved by the KVH Board, and sent to the Minister today to ensure he is satisfied it is consistent with the NPMP. This follows a period where growers had the opportunity to provide feedback on the Plan. However no feedback was received.
The Operational Plan serves as a business plan that will be reported against and revised on an annual basis.
Click here to view the 2014 Operational Plan.
Thank you to growers in Exclusion and Containment regions who submitted their mandatory monitoring results to KVH by 10 September.
However, there is still a considerable number of outstanding results. KVH will follow up with suppliers of those who have not yet submitted results.
Those who have not reported their results can do so through the online website tool on the KVH website. Click here to access the reporting tool.
Region and percentage of KPINs who have submitted results:
The current use conditions for KeyStrepto™ require growers to read and comply with the KeyStrepto™ User Guide and complete a Site Inspection Record before application. These will be provided by your retailer at point of sale and will be available on the KVH website here.
From Wednesday 1 October, to allay the concerns of bee keepers and mitigate residues on kiwifruit at harvest, growers will be required to register their intent to spray KeyStrepto™.
This will be done via an online tool which will be accessible from the KVH website, Zespri Canopy and AgFirst’s website. Information about how to access the tool will be provided once confirmed.
AgFirst will conduct random audits on behalf of the industry to ensure use conditions are being met.
Orchards that fail to meet these requirements will be subject to future audits and the normal penalties imposed under Global GAP and the Zespri Crop Protection Standard.
Shane Max, from Zespri’s Orchard Productivity Centre (OPC) has developed the following two presentation videos about KeyStrepto™:
Click here to view the videos on the Zespri Canopy.
Click here to view the report and select the relevant report.
Click here to view the report.
On 3 September Zespri’s OPC team held a webinar on options for Psa-V control which includes the following presentations:
Click here to access the webinar on YouTube.
As advised in the KVH Bulletin (31 July) MPI is carrying out two separate processes regarding pollen imports. One is reviewing the import health standard (IHS) for pollen for artificial pollination.
The importation of pollen into New Zealand remains prohibited as the potential risk of introducing further variants of Psa-V and other pathogens is still unknown.
So far advice has been received from a Technical Working Group made up of experts from the kiwifruit, bee and pollen industries. MPI has drafted an assessment of the potential for Psa to be associated with imported pollen. Other pathogens which may also be associated with imported pollen, and which may impact on the kiwifruit or bee industries have been identified by MPI, but have not yet been assessed.
MPI will provide an update on the assessment process by the end of September.
However, MPI has advised it’s unlikely the current prohibition on importing pollen for pollination will be lifted prior to this pollination season, if at all.
Therefore KVH’s earlier advice to growers for future pollination requirements stands:
Last week KVH’s Chief Executive Barry O’Neil and Biosecurity Programmes Manager Andrew Harrison attended the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) Biosecurity Forum in Auckland. More than 40 of the 75 attendees were representing primary industry, including many of horticulture’s product groups.
The purpose of the forum is for all GIA signatories to share their understanding of biosecurity; and work together to enhance the system for all, as opposed to bilateral or multilateral collaboration on organism-specific readiness and response activities that will be achieved through Operational Agreements.
Last week’s meeting included an introduction to GIA, an information session on Import Health Standards and a site visit to biosecurity facilities around Auckland Airport.
Key discussion points from the Forum:
KVH will also attend the next GIA Forum in March 2015.
Zespri is running a number of forums to coincide with the release of the 2014-2015 Zespri Crop Protection Standard.
All growers, agrichemical retailers, orchard personnel including contractors, advisors and managers are encouraged to attend the Forums which run from Monday 15 to Thursday 25 September. The forums will be led by Gordon Skipage, Zespri Crop Protection Development Manager.