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Company Notices
10 August 2017
Annual Report out now
10 August 2017
The KVH Annual Report 2016/17 has been released. This report details KVH’s key activities and events over the period, profiles some of the biggest biosecurity threats to kiwifruit, and ...
Annual Report out now
10 August 2017

The KVH Annual Report 2016/17 has been released.

This report details KVH’s key activities and events over the period, profiles some of the biggest biosecurity threats to kiwifruit, and outlines what KVH is doing to make sure the industry - and growers - are prepared for the next biosecurity challenge, should it occur.

It also contains an overview of the ongoing research and development programme that helps growers learn more about the management of biosecurity threats, including Psa.

Read or download a copy of the new report here or email KVH if you would prefer a copy posted to you.

Growers have received a copy in the mail with their AGM packs.

Protocols & Movement Controls
10 August 2017
Two more nurseries join KPCS
10 August 2017
Another two nurseries joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight. IJ & NZ McBride and Kiwicare Horticulture have both met the requirements to sell KPCS...
Two more nurseries join KPCS
10 August 2017

Another two nurseries joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight.

IJ & NZ McBride and Kiwicare Horticulture have both met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in the Te Puke region.

Two more nurseries are in progress for certification this year.

KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries and only KPCS certified plants should be obtained. Visit the KVH website for a list of nurseries and their KPCS status.

Biosecurity News
10 August 2017
Award-winning biosecurity excellence at the Port of Tauranga
10 August 2017
Biosecurity champions from across the country were recognised in Wellington last week with the announcement of the 2017 New Zealand Biosecurity Award recipients. We are delighted that the...
Award-winning biosecurity excellence at the Port of Tauranga
10 August 2017

Biosecurity champions from across the country were recognised in Wellington last week with the announcement of the 2017 New Zealand Biosecurity Award recipients.

We are delighted that the ‘Biosecurity Excellence at Port of Tauranga’ initiative received the Industry Award, which recognises groups or organisations in industry that have demonstrated a significant contribution to improving New Zealand’s biosecurity integrity.

A partnership between KVH, the port, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), local government and industry organisations, the initiative has the goal of ‘no biosecurity incursions coming through the port’.

Everyone who works around the port - including the wider freight and logistics sector and the local Mount Maunganui community - is encouraged to play their role in keeping unwanted pests out of New Zealand. This is a community of just over 10,000 people operating on the front line.

All groups in the partnership are working together to sustain a port community that is committed to biosecurity excellence.

Activities include a biosecurity induction for all port workers, awareness campaigns focused on key pests such as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), hosting events like Biosecurity Week, regular biosecurity engagement with the wider port community, and distribution of wall planners, calendars and other useful information/alerts that highlight potential pests.

There is also a proactive approach to pursuing improvements in innovation in areas such as port surveillance, and understanding how new technologies can impact on biosecurity performance.

A key focus for the initiative is to develop a model that can be adapted and applied across all New Zealand ports. KVH and the other partners believe this can realistically be achieved by 2025.

The Minister for Primary Industries said at the ceremony that the winners of the awards have shown a real commitment to protecting New Zealand. The event celebrates the efforts of people who are doing their bit for biosecurity every day and reflects a key theme of the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement of a ‘biosecurity team of 4.7 million’ – something KVH is a keen supporter of and heavily involved in.

Our congratulations also go to the New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) who received the Highly Commended award in the Industry category. NZPPI Board Chair Andrew Harrison – who is also KVH’s Biosecurity Programmes Manager – was on hand to accept the award in recognition of the work NZPPI does to ensure a strong and united voice on biosecurity issues for plant producers, especially during the recent myrtle rust response.

Biosecurity News
10 August 2017
Building confidence in the biosecurity system
10 August 2017
KVH co-sponsored and presented at a science workshop earlier this week which brought together people and organisations across the biosecurity system, to share information and ideas about how to...
Building confidence in the biosecurity system
10 August 2017

KVH co-sponsored and presented at a science workshop earlier this week which brought together people and organisations across the biosecurity system, to share information and ideas about how to help build biosecurity intelligence.

The workshop - run by the New Zealand Plant Protection Society as the opening day to their annual conference - included representatives from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), industry and science organisations to discuss how we collectively manage biosecurity risks, and how we can better use biosecurity tools (science, technology) and people to build biosecurity knowledge, and confidence, in how decisions about preparedness, surveillance and responses are made.

A main point of discussion was the importance of timely access to quality information, especially for evidence-based risk assessment. The right information needs to be available rapidly to everyone who needs it across the biosecurity system. This means improved coordination of knowledge/data collection across organisations, easier data sharing where possible, and turning data in to useful information and intelligence for risk assessment.

The full day event also included a case study presentation from KVH on co-managing risk at New Zealand’s ports and a presentation about the vital role of scientific advice in Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) preparedness, surveillance and response from Winegrowers NZ.

Grower News
10 August 2017
Psa science update
10 August 2017
More than 100 growers attended the recent KVH/Zespri-run Psa science update meeting in Te Puke.  Growers heard from a range of speakers including Dr Joel Vanneste from Plant & Food who...
Psa science update
10 August 2017

More than 100 growers attended the recent KVH/Zespri-run Psa science update meeting in Te Puke. 

Growers heard from a range of speakers including Dr Joel Vanneste from Plant & Food who outlined the latest understanding around the evolution of Psa resistance to copper and how use at below label rates, or when poorly applied, increases the risk of copper failing to control Psa over time.

Dr Stephen Hoyte from Plant & Food outlined the work currently being done in the Gold Futures project which is comparing  management practices on Gold3 orchards with high Psa symptoms versus those with low Psa symptoms, and will be recommending changes in management practices for the challenged sites. Orchard pairings in various regions have been found for the trial.

Growers were also given an update on the trial results for a new yeast based Psa control product that is expected to be released to the market within the next 12 months. Shane Max, Global Production Manager of Zespri provided a brief overview (via video) of Psa pressures in Zespri international growing regions. The key message from Shane was don’t get complacent - you cannot predict the weather so assume every season is going to be bad for Psa.

Dr Greg Clarke from Zespri presented the latest understanding around the mode of action that is assisting the spring gridle of Hayward vines, reduced budrot, and flower drop.

A summary of the meeting along with the presentations and a video taken on the day is available on the Zespri Canopy website.

Grower News
10 August 2017
Your opinion counts. Take our biosecurity survey
10 August 2017
There’s still time to take our grower survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices. KVH is working to raise awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can...
Your opinion counts. Take our biosecurity survey
10 August 2017

There’s still time to take our grower survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices.

KVH is working to raise awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can bring.  In doing this, we need help to first learn more about the level of understanding of biosecurity amongst growers, what biosecurity practices are currently used on orchards and whether there are any common limitations to putting practices in place.

This survey will give us a clearer picture of where we can focus our efforts during the coming season so that we’re better serving growers by providing the information and resources needed.

Your views are important – please take part (it will only take approximately five minutes to complete) and help us work together to protect New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from unwanted pest and disease threats. Complete the survey now.

Individual responses will be kept confidential to KVH and you have the option of completing the survey anonymously.

Company Notices
10 August 2017
Meet the team - introducing Peter Mourits
10 August 2017
Peter has a marketing and business development background and has held senior management positions in the kiwifruit post-harvest sector and the agricultural sector.  He has an MBA and more...
Meet the team - introducing Peter Mourits
10 August 2017

Peter has a marketing and business development background and has held senior management positions in the kiwifruit post-harvest sector and the agricultural sector. 

He has an MBA and more than twenty years’ experience in primary production, primarily in the fertiliser sector. He led the team that developed the PCR test for the identification of Psa-V and established a Psa-V testing service for the kiwifruit industry.

Peter started working at KVH in late 2013. His role involves supporting the operations team in the provision of technical advice to the industry and works closely with the science community in developing an understanding around Psa resistance to control products.  He enjoys working with growers and sharing what the industry learns about Psa management.

Peter sees shifting growers’ mindsets from Psa to best practice for wider biosecurity as a significant challenge for KVH and the industry if we are to be collectively successful in reducing the risk imposed by increasing biosecurity challenges at our borders. 

Outside of work Peter enjoys spending time with family and supports several businesses through the local chamber of commerce business mentors programme.

Biosecurity News
7 August 2017
Working to ensure imported mud not a biosecurity concern
7 August 2017
You may have read online or seen in your local paper that the Rotorua Lakes Council are planning on importing Korean mud to be used during a festival later in the year. The Ministry for Primary...
Working to ensure imported mud not a biosecurity concern
7 August 2017

You may have read online or seen in your local paper that the Rotorua Lakes Council are planning on importing Korean mud to be used during a festival later in the year.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been working with the Council to ensure that there are no biosecurity risks associated with the shipment.

The product in this case is clay (but called ‘mud’) that has been firstly milled and filtered to remove any possible organic material, then heat treated, dried and crushed into a fine powder, before then being irradiated.

These treatments will make the clay sterile, therefore removing any biosecurity risks.

KVH’s only interest in this matter is to ensure there is no biosecurity risk for kiwifruit growers from the import.

Company Notices
27 July 2017
Premier award for former KVH Chair
27 July 2017
Former KVH Chairman Peter Ombler was awarded horticulture’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup, at the Horticulture Conference 2017 on Thursday 13 July. You may have seen the news on our...
Premier award for former KVH Chair
27 July 2017

Former KVH Chairman Peter Ombler was awarded horticulture’s premier award, the Bledisloe Cup, at the Horticulture Conference 2017 on Thursday 13 July.

You may have seen the news on our website. We congratulate Peter on his award and acknowledge his great service to the kiwifruit industry, and kiwifruit growers. The skills and experience he bought to KVH helped shape the organisation, particularly in how we manage Psa, and also preparing for other biosecurity risks.

Grower News
27 July 2017
Science update meeting tomorrow
27 July 2017
A reminder that tomorrow morning Zespri and KVH are hosting a practical science update meeting for to share results from recent research and discuss how this may be used to improve on orchard Psa ...
Science update meeting tomorrow
27 July 2017

A reminder that tomorrow morning Zespri and KVH are hosting a practical science update meeting for to share results from recent research and discuss how this may be used to improve on orchard Psa management.

When: Friday 28 July. Join us at 9.45am for coffee, the meeting will run from 10.00am to midday.
Where: The Orchard, 20 Macloughlin Drive, Te Puke.

The meeting will include information about the latest situation on Psa in China and Europe, an update from Dr Joel Vanneste on copper resistance to Psa, Dr Greg Clark covering spring girdling for Psa control, Dr Phil Elmer on progress with a new product for Psa control, Dr Stephen Hoyte on progress with the Gold3 comparative orchard trial, and Dr David Manktelow on how to improve spray coverage for better results.

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
27 July 2017
Nurseries join KPCS
27 July 2017
KVH is pleased to announce that four nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight. Te Heriko Nursery at Te Kaha has met the requirements to sell...
Nurseries join KPCS
27 July 2017

KVH is pleased to announce that four nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight.

Te Heriko Nursery at Te Kaha has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to Opotiki growers.

Baygold Nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in the Te Puke region.

Norfolk Nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in the Gisborne region.

Eastbay Horticulture Ltd in Whakatane has met the requirements to sell KPCS “fully certified” plants to growers between regions in accordance with movement controls.

With these new additions to the scheme, a total of 19 nurseries throughout kiwifruit growing regions have met requirements to sell KPCS fully certified plants, and 18 nurseries have met the requirements to sell KPCS within region certified plants. Four more nurseries are in progress for certification this year.

Growers are reminded that KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries and only KPCS certified plants should be obtained. Visit the KVH website for a list of nurseries and their KPCS status, and to find out more about requirements of the KPCS.

 
Protocols & Movement Controls
27 July 2017
Reminder to order nursery plants in advance
27 July 2017
When we visit nurseries as part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), we’re reminded of how important it is to nurseries that growers order their plants well in...
Reminder to order nursery plants in advance
27 July 2017

When we visit nurseries as part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), we’re reminded of how important it is to nurseries that growers order their plants well in advance.

Without a reliable estimate on anticipated demand for the next season, nurseries take a conservative approach to avoid getting left with unsold stock. Growers should order plants as far in advance as possible – preferably a year – to avoid any shortage in supply.

Additionally, growers must only purchase plants that are KVH certified. KVH movement controls must be observed. A list of nurseries and their KPCS status is available on the KVH website.

When it comes to ‘Grow for own use’ a reminder that growers may produce their own plants for use on the same property. There are no restrictions on these plants.

Growers may also produce up to 1,000 plants a year for movement between their own properties within the same KVH biosecurity region. These plants do not need to meet the requirements of the KPCS but any plants being moved between properties must meet some risk management requirements. Growers in this case must complete and submit to KVH a KVH Psa-V Risk Management Plan - Growing Rootstock for your own use. 

Please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 if you would like more information about the requirements.

* The image in this article is used with the permission of Te Heriko nursery.

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