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Biosecurity News
19 October 2017
Reminder to be on the lookout for myrtle rust
19 October 2017
Symptoms of myrtle rust are likely to be a lot more prevalent with warmer temperatures and summer looming. If you see it on plants on your orchard, property, or garden, don’t touch it. Take...
Reminder to be on the lookout for myrtle rust
19 October 2017

Symptoms of myrtle rust are likely to be a lot more prevalent with warmer temperatures and summer looming. If you see it on plants on your orchard, property, or garden, don’t touch it. Take a photo and call the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66.

Be on the lookout for brig yellow powdery eruptions on either or both sides of the leaf; brown/grey rust pustules (older spores) which appear on older lesions; and buckled or twisted leaves which may die off.

Good hygiene practices should always be followed to help manage biosecurity threats, particularly the KVH hygiene recommendations. The key point is that plant material, vehicles, people and equipment can carry pests and diseases. Restrict access to orchards and ensure visitors, harvest staff, and contractors know and follow your hygiene requirements.

Biosecurity News
5 October 2017
Learning while contributing to the Chilean stink bug response
5 October 2017
KVH is part of a group visiting Chile next week to assist in their response to a recently discovered Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) population. BMSB was detected in a small urban area of...
Learning while contributing to the Chilean stink bug response
5 October 2017

KVH is part of a group visiting Chile next week to assist in their response to a recently discovered Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) population.

BMSB was detected in a small urban area of Santiago earlier this year. This was the first detection in the Southern Hemisphere, which is significant for New Zealand and a situation we are watching with interest.

The visit provides an opportunity to test our response plan (including the effectiveness of latest trap technologies and best trap density/placement solutions) and improve our preparedness for this pest should we be faced with an incursion in the future. If our assistance contributes to reduced BMSB numbers in Chile, this will reduce the risk to New Zealand.

The group - including representatives from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), NZ Wine, HortNZ and Plant and Food Research - will be gathering first-hand intelligence about the extent of the infestation and local options for longer term management, and will provide advice based on New Zealand’s readiness programme.

Establishing relationships with Chilean government officials and industry representatives will enable ongoing monitoring of the situation and provide us with future opportunities in management practices.

 

Biosecurity News
5 October 2017
Working proactively with MPI to manage BMSB risk
5 October 2017
KVH and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are on high alert to stop the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from making a home in New Zealand. September to April is the high-risk...
Working proactively with MPI to manage BMSB risk
5 October 2017

KVH and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are on high alert to stop the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from making a home in New Zealand.

September to April is the high-risk season for the stink bug, as this is when it starts aggregating in dark sheltered places in the Northern Hemisphere, including cargo and personal goods destined for New Zealand.

The BMSB is the kiwifruit industry’s second most unwanted biosecurity threat (after fruit flies) and the risk of it entering New Zealand is considered extreme. If it establishes here, it would result in significant production losses to horticultural industries and social impacts to the New Zealand public as it infests homes over winter.

We all have a role to play in effectively managing the risk of an invasive hitchhiker pest like the BMSB - a new risk update (incorporating latest information from MPI) about a wide range of activities is now available on the KVH
website.

KVH is also part of a national communications campaign (alongside MPI and other industry groups) to raise awareness of the BMSB and there are several resources and videos available on our website to share with colleagues, friends and families so that they can also be on the lookout for this unwanted pest and know how to report any suspect finds. Every New Zealander has a vital role to play if we are to have a chance against this nasty pest.

Andrew’s a biosecurity specialist. He previously worked in the biosecurity field for both the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Department of Conservation (DOC), where he’s led biosecurity readiness, response and pest management operations, as well as biosecurity strategy, policy and law reform in various senior management and technical roles.

With KVH, a recent focus for Andrew was leading a BMSB exercise, which brought industry leaders and specialist advisers together to test how prepared we are for one of the biggest threats to the kiwifruit industry today, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Development of our industry’s new BMSB Readiness Plan was tested during that exercise – a joint KVH/Zespri project and effort which Andrew led.

A key focus for Andrew in the near future is taking the Biosecurity Excellence at Port of Tauranga partnership to the next level. This includes preparing for this year’s Biosecurity Week (30 Oct – 3 Nov), working with researchers from Better Border Biosecurity to commence the new research programme recently approved by government to support developing biosecurity excellence at the Port, and rolling this approach out across other marine and air ports around New Zealand.

Andrew works on contract for KVH. He’s also the Chairman of New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI), and a biosecurity consultant assisting Government and other industries with their biosecurity challenges.


Andrew’s a keen grower – with a small HW block in Te Puna he’s improving and converting to organic green. Outside of work his main passions are his young family, fishing, hunting and gardening.

 

Biosecurity News
5 October 2017
Weed out Moth Plant
5 October 2017
Moth Plant is one of the most problematic weeds of North Island kiwifruit orchards. Growers should start the first round of control work now to avoid the need to pull masses of vines and pods out...
Weed out Moth Plant
5 October 2017

Moth Plant is one of the most problematic weeds of North Island kiwifruit orchards.

Growers should start the first round of control work now to avoid the need to pull masses of vines and pods out of shelter belts from late summer. 

Seedlings will be establishing beneath shelter belts, ready to climb into trees before flowering and forming their distinctive seed pods in late summer. A skilfully used sharp hoe will kill emergent seedlings and is an effective organic control method.  Alternatively, glyphosate at one part to 100 parts water is effective on emergent seedlings.  Apply under low pressure ensuring no spray drift. 

Moth Plant is poisonous – the milky white sap can cause dermatitis so wear gloves and protective clothing when handling it.

Click here for more information about identifying Moth Plant, or contact KVH or your regional council.

 

Biosecurity News
5 October 2017
Biosecurity risk at a glance
5 October 2017
The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry. The Dashboard is produced to give...
Biosecurity risk at a glance
5 October 2017

The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry.

The Dashboard is produced to give growers and the industry a view of the current biosecurity threat levels and our ability to respond and manage these threats should they arrive.

The single page view Dashboard includes links to more detail available online and summarises risk information relevant to the kiwifruit industry from the Emerging Risk Report, which the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) publish on a quarterly basis.

Biosecurity News
5 October 2017
Keep an eye and ear out for the red-vented bulbul
5 October 2017
Spring has arrived and it’s the perfect time of year to identify any red-vented bulbul birds which may have flown into your area. This invasive, small bird is an unwanted pest that has...
Keep an eye and ear out for the red-vented bulbul
5 October 2017

Spring has arrived and it’s the perfect time of year to identify any red-vented bulbul birds which may have flown into your area.

This invasive, small bird is an unwanted pest that has fortunately not yet established in New Zealand, but has been occasionally detected. Over the last two years a few birds have been found in Auckland and a single bird has been found in Te Puke.

It’s known to cause considerable damage to fruit and vegetable crops and is a potential pest to kiwifruit. It also attacks other birds.

Identifiable characteristics of the red-vented bulbul:
- Small to medium sized (larger than a sparrow, but smaller than a blackbird)
- Around 20cm in length
- Dark brown/black in colour with a light coloured belly and the distinctive crimson-red patch beneath the tail
- Black head with a small peaked crest
- Makes repetitive and distinct calls.

The red-vented bulbul is native to Pakistan and parts of China, and has established in several Pacific Islands. Evidence suggests they may spread to new land masses onboard sea vessels.

Read the latest fact sheet  to learn more or visit the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website to listen to the red-vented bulbul’s distinctive call.

If you think you have seen or heard this bird, or any other unusual pest or disease, contact the MPI exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

 

Biosecurity News
5 October 2017
Correct spray protection over spring
5 October 2017
Wet spring conditions are ideal for Psa build up and infection of young tender growth. Growers must maintain full spray cover over the season, particularly prior to, or directly after high-risk...
Correct spray protection over spring
5 October 2017

Wet spring conditions are ideal for Psa build up and infection of young tender growth. Growers must maintain full spray cover over the season, particularly prior to, or directly after high-risk weather, on all varieties.

The online KVH Psa Risk Model can help with this and should be used to plan spray timings. The model is a weather-based tool that uses actual weather station data and weather forecast information to provide customised access to weather and disease interpretations.

There are several spray product options available – be sure to meet all user guide requirements. If applying bactericides ensure there are no flowers present in the sward or on vines. KVH has produced a fact sheet covering spray products and recommended timings, key points on pollination and preflower girdles. Copies are available here and at upcoming Zespri spring field day events.

Biosecurity News
5 October 2017
Actinidia Import Health Standard
5 October 2017
Following a recent request by the Italian National Plant Protection Organisation and a New Zealand importer, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is working on an Import Health Standard for...
Actinidia Import Health Standard
5 October 2017

Following a recent request by the Italian National Plant Protection Organisation and a New Zealand importer, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is working on an Import Health Standard for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture). This pathway has not been active since 2013 as a result of the Psa incursion.

The importation of new kiwifruit material is recognised as an important component in maintaining the competitive advantage of our industry, however the risk of introducing new biosecurity threats must be carefully managed. Tissue culture is regarded as the most promising process for producing clean material and provides the opportunity for verification measures to be included in the production process to ensure risks are managed to an acceptable level.

At this point MPI are engaging with stakeholders to identify where further information could be provided to inform risk management decisions. KVH has been asked by MPI to participate in the process and will be fully engaged to ensure the associated biosecurity risks are fully addressed. More detailed consultation will occur with industry in 2018 but KVH will keep growers fully informed before any decisions are made on the outcome of this pathway.

 

 

Grower News
5 October 2017
Zespri OPC spring field days
5 October 2017
Zespri’s OPC team will be holding spring field days through October in all growing regions. Click here for timings of a field day near you and take the opportunity to talk with other growers...
Zespri OPC spring field days
5 October 2017

Zespri’s OPC team will be holding spring field days through October in all growing regions. Click here for timings of a field day near you and take the opportunity to talk with other growers about orchard management plans for this spring.

Grower News
5 October 2017
Video: world expert helps kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
5 October 2017
Last month KVH and Zespri hosted international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) expert, Dr Tracey Leskey, to refine our approach for managing the pest should it manage to establish in New...
Video: world expert helps kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
5 October 2017

Last month KVH and Zespri hosted international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) expert, Dr Tracey Leskey, to refine our approach for managing the pest should it manage to establish in New Zealand.

During her visit, Dr Leskey presented to kiwifruit growers at The Orchard Church in Te Puke and a new video of her presentation can be viewed
here.

The entomologist and researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) discussed BMSB with around 100 people who attended the meeting to learn more about the unwanted pests impacts on horticulture, post-harvest facilities, and residential areas in the USA.

Protocols & Movement Controls
5 October 2017
Mandatory monitoring reminder
5 October 2017
A final reminder that growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring before next Sunday, 15...
Mandatory monitoring reminder
5 October 2017

A final reminder that growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring before next Sunday, 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October.

All growers in the Whangarei region (where a Controlled Area notice remains in place) are required to carry out additional monitoring and report their results on the following dates: 

- 6 October (tomorrow) 
- 27 October
- 10 November
- 1 December

To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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(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