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Biosecurity News
11 September 2014
Fruit fly pathway analysis released
11 September 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has identified a potential increase in the threat to New Zealand from the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) due to an increase in QFF populations and its spread...
Fruit fly pathway analysis released
11 September 2014

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has identified a potential increase in the threat to New Zealand from the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) due to an increase in QFF populations and its spread into previously pest-free areas of Australia.

As a result of this increased threat, MPI has been looking at each pathway and what can be done to better manage the risks according to their recently released QFF Pathway Analysis Report. The analysis started before the two QFF detections this year and was completed after the responses were completed. 

The report gives a good overview of how New Zealand manages the fruit fly threat but does not specifically identify a likely pathway for the two fruit fly found in Whangarei.

Click here for a copy of the report.

Grower News
4 September 2014
Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide 2014/15
4 September 2014
The Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide for Spring/Summer 2014-15 is now available on the KVH website – please click here. The Guide helps growers manage Psa-V through spring and summer and...
Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide 2014/15
4 September 2014

The Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide for Spring/Summer 2014-15 is now available on the KVH website – please click here. The Guide helps growers manage Psa-V through spring and summer and provides assistance when updating Psa-V Orchard Management Plans.

Spring is an important time for growers to review their existing Psa-V Orchard Management Plans and consider making any changes to protection strategies based on seasonal orchard observations and new research information.

This season the Guide is also complimented by the Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide Wall Chart which growers should be receiving by post this week, if they haven’t already. The Wall Chart is a great reference tool for placing in staff rooms to support staff and visitor education.

Any changes to the Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide, including updates to the Recommended Product List, will be made to the online version and highlighted through the weekly KVH Bulletin.

Grower News
4 September 2014
New R&D Report - Psa-V leaf spots as inoculum sources
4 September 2014
This project has shown leaf spots continually produced inoculum between November 2013 and March 2014. Under humid conditions, even ‘old’ leaf spots were capable of producing ooze at the...
New R&D Report - Psa-V leaf spots as inoculum sources
4 September 2014

This project has shown leaf spots continually produced inoculum between November 2013 and March 2014. Under humid conditions, even ‘old’ leaf spots were capable of producing ooze at the edge of the lesion, containing large numbers of viable bacteria. Thus, leaf spots are a continual source of Psa inoculum during the spring and summer seasons.

  • Click here to view the report
Biosecurity News
4 September 2014
Border biosecurity statistics
4 September 2014
Last week, the National Biosecurity Capability Network (NBCN) published some interesting facts about the number of border and post border interceptions occurring in New Zealand. These figures show...
Border biosecurity statistics
4 September 2014

Last week, the National Biosecurity Capability Network (NBCN) published some interesting facts about the number of border and post border interceptions occurring in New Zealand. These figures show the pressure that occurs at the border on a weekly basis, and the amount of incursions that would occur in New Zealand if we did not have a comprehensive biosecurity system.

In just a single week in February, New Zealand had:

  • 35 new notifications of pests, diseases or organisms and 156 on-going incursion investigations or responses.
  • 115,082 international air passenger arrivals—resulting in seizure of 3,079 risk items and 126 infringement notices (2.7% of passengers with risk items).
  • 13,634 sea containers arrivals into New Zealand—233 required decontamination (1.7 % of containers contaminated).
  • 4,296 cargo lines, of which 792 were inspected and 276 items were seized (6% of cargo lines contained risk items).
  • 500,000 mail items at the international mail centre—635 items required further inspection, 103 risk items treated or destroyed (0.02% of mail items contained risk items).
  • 212  used vehicles or machinery items were imported—52 required decontamination (24.5% used vehicles or machinery contaminated)

As a proportion of total goods entering by each pathway, used vehicles and machinery have a much higher rate of risk items requiring treatment. To determine how this pathway is managed and the level of risk this pathway presents, KVH will profile this pathway in the coming weeks as part of our border profile series.

  • Click here to read previous items from this border profile series.
Biosecurity News
4 September 2014
Fruit Fly Operational Agreement update
4 September 2014
The interim Fruit Fly Council established to develop the Operational Agreement for fruit fly under GIA has met monthly and made good progress in clarifying the approach to be used.  The...
Fruit Fly Operational Agreement update
4 September 2014

The interim Fruit Fly Council established to develop the Operational Agreement for fruit fly under GIA has met monthly and made good progress in clarifying the approach to be used. 

The majority of the agreement is expected to be completed by the end of September. The remaining issues to address will then be finalising the cost shares between government and industry and agreeing how the industry shares will be calculated.

This work is progressing with a subcommittee made up of KVH, Pipfruit NZ and NZ Wine growers meeting with MPI. The objective is to have this completed before the end of October; and the goal is for the Operational Agreement to come into effect early 2015.

Biosecurity News
4 September 2014
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
4 September 2014
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is causing significant impacts in the USA, and there are concerns regarding the effects this pest could have on horticultural sectors in New Zealand. KVH, along...
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
4 September 2014

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is causing significant impacts in the USA, and there are concerns regarding the effects this pest could have on horticultural sectors in New Zealand. KVH, along with other horticultural sectors and MPI, have been working to strengthen the border to keep BMSB out, along with developing a surveillance and control programme to detect and eradicate it should it arrive. 

In addition, KVH has meet with New Zealand researchers to agree the focus of the R&D efforts, which include improving our detection technologies at the border, lure and kill approaches, and biological control options that may be available. 

This pest has been assessed by KVH as one of the top five priority pests facing our industry, and there are reports from China (where it is a native) of it causing damage to kiwifruit.

  • Click here to read more information about the BMSB.





 

Protocols & Movement Controls
4 September 2014
Mandatory Monitoring - reporting due 10 September
4 September 2014
Growers in Exclusion and Containment regions are reminded their mandatory montioring reporting is due by 10 September 2014. A summary of growers from Containment and Exclusion regions who have...
Mandatory Monitoring - reporting due 10 September
4 September 2014

Growers in Exclusion and Containment regions are reminded their mandatory montioring reporting is due by 10 September 2014. A summary of growers from Containment and Exclusion regions who have reported their monitoring to KVH is outlined in the table above.

An online reporting tool is available on the KVH website. This allow growers to submit monitoring results directly to KVH. Click here to access the online reporting tool.

If you do not have access to a computer contact KVH 0800 665 825 for assistance.

Protocols & Movement Controls
4 September 2014
Abandoned orchard update
4 September 2014
Since February 2013 KVH has recorded 93 orchards as abandoned.  Of these, 75 orchards have been removed or returned to a managed state.  Of the remaining 18 orchards; 10 have removal...
Abandoned orchard update
4 September 2014

Since February 2013 KVH has recorded 93 orchards as abandoned.  Of these, 75 orchards have been removed or returned to a managed state.  Of the remaining 18 orchards; 10 have removal underway but not yet completed (for example, the removed vines are yet to be burnt) and one is being pruned and returned to management. 

KVH is working with the owners of the remaining seven orchards to ensure that National Psa-V Pest Management Plan requirements for their orchards are met.  This means vines must be pruned and tied down by 1 October each year.  Fruit must be picked by 1 July each year and KVH approved products, effective against Psa-V, must be applied to reduce the effects of Psa-V bacterium.

If growers are aware of any further abandoned or unmanaged orchards, anywhere in New Zealand, then please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.  It is important that abandoned orchards do not harbour Psa-V disease and present an inoculum source infecting neighbouring orchards.  Psa-V can move via wind movement, especially during wet and stormy weather events, for up to 10 kilometres from the infected orchard.

Protocols & Movement Controls
28 August 2014
Updating your Psa-V Orchard Management Plan
28 August 2014
Spring is a good time to review your existing Psa-V Orchard Management Plan and consider making changes to your protection strategy based on seasonal orchard observations and new research...
Updating your Psa-V Orchard Management Plan
28 August 2014

Spring is a good time to review your existing Psa-V Orchard Management Plan and consider making changes to your protection strategy based on seasonal orchard observations and new research information.

The online Psa-V Orchard Management Plan template has been improved and now incorporates budwood and rootstock management sections. This avoids the need for growers supplying budwood or rootstock from their orchards to complete separate plans. The updated template is available on the KVH website by clicking here, or going to www.kvh.org.nz/orchard_management_plans.

Growers are reminded an updated Orchard Management Plan must be available with other GAP records as part of the GAP audit process. Also, the application of at least one Psa-V protectant spray from the KVH Recommended Product List is required under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP). All applications of agricultural compounds must be recorded in the Spray Diary.
 

Biosecurity News
28 August 2014
Better border intervention for transitional facilities
28 August 2014
As advised in last week’s KVH Bulletin (21 Aug) KVH has been advocating for improvements to minimise biosecurity risks on several pathways. Last week focused on the cruise ship pathway, this...
Better border intervention for transitional facilities
28 August 2014

As advised in last week’s KVH Bulletin (21 Aug) KVH has been advocating for improvements to minimise biosecurity risks on several pathways. Last week focused on the cruise ship pathway, this week will focus on transitional facilities.

Transitional facilities hold un-cleared risk goods for inspection, secure storage or treatment until they receive biosecurity clearance or are re-shipped or destroyed.

While people often think of the border as a small number of places (airports and marine ports) where clearance activities occur, the reality is very different. Most biosecurity clearance activities are occurring at transitional facilities; MPI Inspectors carry out risk profiling when imported goods first arrive at a marine port or airport, clear a small proportion of such goods at those ports (those deemed to pose the highest risk), and then direct most imported goods to transitional facilities where they receive final clearance by a non-MPI accredited person.

There are approximately 6500 such transitional facilities operating in New Zealand, which means our border is very ‘diffuse’.

The key risk is the arrival of ‘hitchhiker’ pests. These tend to be insect pests, and include high-risk organisms of concern to the kiwifruit industry such as, fruit flies, brown marmorated stink bugs and white peach scale.

KVH believes the current policy approach and standards for transitional facilities need to be re-evaluated and strengthened. There are currently too many transitional facilities operating in New Zealand and of variable quality, representing a key vulnerability in NZ’s border arrangements.

Given the level of risk and the key role transitional facilities play in New Zealand’s border, it is critical we have highly trained and skilled people operating to carry out clearance activities within transitional facilities.

KVH shared its concerns with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in early 2014, and is pleased that MPI appears to be seriously looking at this issue and potential solutions.

For more information about the transitional facilities risk pathway, click here to view the fifth profile document in KVH’s ‘Profile Series: Border Interventions on Import Pathways’.

Protocols & Movement Controls
28 August 2014
Mandatory Monitoring - reporting due 10 September
28 August 2014
Growers in Exclusion and Containment regions are reminded their mandatory montioring reporting is due by 10 September 2014. An online reporting tool is available on the KVH website. This allow...
Mandatory Monitoring - reporting due 10 September
28 August 2014

Growers in Exclusion and Containment regions are reminded their mandatory montioring reporting is due by 10 September 2014.

An online reporting tool is available on the KVH website. This allow growers to submit monitoring results directly to KVH. Click here to access the online reporting tool.

If you do not have access to a computer contact KVH 0800 665 825 for assistance.

Grower News
28 August 2014
2014 Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide - Wall Chart
28 August 2014
This season KVH has produced a visual Wall Chart to support growers with their Psa-V Orchard Management Plans for the upcoming season. Click here for an online version of the Wall Chart. The Wall...
2014 Psa-V Seasonal Management Guide - Wall Chart
28 August 2014

This season KVH has produced a visual Wall Chart to support growers with their Psa-V Orchard Management Plans for the upcoming season.

Click here for an online version of the Wall Chart.

The Wall Chart, which growers should receive in the post shortly, provides an excellent tool for raising awareness of Psa-V management and can be placed in offices and smoko rooms to support education of orchard staff and visitors.  

The chart indicates the importance of a multi-layered approach to Psa-V management including:

  • Recognition of Psa-V risk associated with different seasons. 
  • Planning of structured Psa-V monitoring rounds.
  • Well-timed canopy management to minimise Psa-V risk by reducing and protecting wounds. The maintenance of an open canopy structure also helps to optimise spray penetration.
  • A spray plan which includes proven products with different modes of action.
  • Ongoing biosecurity, including orchard hygiene and compliance with movement protocols (particularly plant material) to ensure risk items are not introduced.

The full Seasonal Management Guide for Spring/Summer is being finalised and will available on the KVH website next week.  Any changes to the Guide, including updates to the Recommended Product List, will be made to the website version.  

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
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Email: info@kvh.org.nz