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Grower News
1 June 2017
Budwood movement
1 June 2017
Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly to those cutting over to new licences and those with new plantings.   As budwood poses the...
Budwood movement
1 June 2017
Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly to those cutting over to new licences and those with new plantings.
 
As budwood poses the highest risk of disease transfer, please remember:
 
  • Use the cleanest source of budwood and from your own orchard where possible.
  • Budwood suppliers must be registered with KVH and supply a copy of their Psa-V Risk Management Plan.
  • Growers must only obtain budwood from a KVH-registered supplier.
  • Budwood movement must comply with the controls outlined in KVH Protocol: Budwood.
  • Movement of Gold3 budwood also requires Zespri authorisation.
  • Budwood movement from Psa-V positive orchards is allowed in Recovery regions only. Please note, movement between Psa-V positive orchards between Recovery regions is subject to KVH authorisation and this may be withheld if alternative lower risk options are available.
  • For ‘not detected’ orchards, monitoring, sampling and testing must occur within six weeks of budwood collection.
  • Budwood collection area is to be sprayed with copper within four weeks of collection.
  • Maintain tool hygiene and sanitisation.
  • Records of budwood supplied and received must be maintained and kept with grower GAP records.
If you are unsure of the movement controls or have any queries, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz
Biosecurity News
1 June 2017
KVH welcomes new biosecurity funding
1 June 2017
New Zealand’s biosecurity efforts received a welcome $18.4 million boost in Budget 2017. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said the money would help further strengthen New Zealand’s...
KVH welcomes new biosecurity funding
1 June 2017
New Zealand’s biosecurity efforts received a welcome $18.4 million boost in Budget 2017. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said the money would help further strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and protect borders. Some of the funding would go to addressing biosecurity risk off-shore, reviewing Import Health Standards, and lifting public awareness of biosecurity responsibilities.
 
KVH applauds this commitment to biosecurity and looks forward to working with MPI to ensure the kiwifruit industry does its part to the biosecurity efforts in New Zealand.
Biosecurity News
1 June 2017
Border Clearance overview
1 June 2017
MPI’s annual summer Border Clearance Services report has been released and it shows a 41 percent increase in infringements issued at the border. There were 1.9 million passenger arrivals...
Border Clearance overview
1 June 2017
MPI’s annual summer Border Clearance Services report has been released and it shows a 41 percent increase in infringements issued at the border. There were 1.9 million passenger arrivals between December 2016 and February 2017 (up 9 percent on the previous summer) and 4737 undeclared seizures (up 12 percent). A total of 3538 infringements were issued.
 
Of particular interest to those in horticulture were the 2963 undeclared fresh produce seizures (consistent with 2015-2016 summer) and the 2091 undeclared mail seizures, which MPI attributed to an increase in seizures of seed and grain.
 
For further information, see the MPI infographic Border Clearance Services Summer Report here.
Company Notices
1 June 2017
Meet the team - introducing Matt Dyck
1 June 2017
Before Matt joined KVH as a Biosecurity Analyst in 2013, he was working in the jungles of Northern Malaysia as an Environmental Manager for the country’s largest finfish aquaculture operation....
Meet the team - introducing Matt Dyck
1 June 2017
Before Matt joined KVH as a Biosecurity Analyst in 2013, he was working in the jungles of Northern Malaysia as an Environmental Manager for the country’s largest finfish aquaculture operation. A marine scientist by study, he now finds himself helping the kiwifruit industry prepare for the next big biosecurity threat, a transition that he says has been relatively smooth.
 
“My role is largely about working with experts to understand the risk organisms place to our industry, our current state of preparedness and gaps we need to address through research and development. It’s great that kiwifruit growers recognise the importance of biosecurity and have a dedicated organisation like KVH to look after their interests”.
 
Matt has recently completed the Readiness Plan for Brazilian Wilt (Ceratocystis fimbriata), a task completed in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to confirm a mutually agreed approach, peer-reviewed by a panel of experts. Brazilian Wilt is a fungal pathogen that is causing significant impacts to the kiwifruit industry in Brazil and Matt adds that while the readiness plan itself might not make for the most exciting reading, it sits amongst his most notable achievements while at KVH.
 
“When KVH and Zespri staff first heard of Brazilian Wilt, it was just a few unsubstantiated claims that something was happening in another country without any details of the cause or potential controls. To get from that point of a limited understanding, to where we are now with a detailed plan summarising what we know, knowledge gaps that will be filled through research, and an agreed plan to how we will respond to incursions with MPI, is a real achievement and a testament to the industry for investing in being fully prepared for these threats”. 
 
“Even though we still have a lot to progress, we have an agreed plan with MPI to how we will increase our knowledge, and how we will respond, which will allow us to get straight into action for growers should an incursion occur”.
 
Matt is already beginning to work on the next Readiness Plan which he aims to complete before the end of the year and is continually working with Zespri, MPI and the science community to learn about new offshore risks.
 
“Planning at an industry level can only take us so far - it is also important that every grower manages biosecurity risk at their orchard boundary level, as this is the most effective way to reduce the impact of threats that may already be in New Zealand, undetected”. He refers to work completed as part of his Kellogg Rural Leadership project last year titled Avoiding complacency in kiwifruit biosecurity. KVH is working to build on the recommendations of this report to ensure that the industry learns from the Psa experience and implements the required practices to reduce the impact of our next big incursion.
 
NEWSFLASH: Warm congratulations to Matt and his wife Donna who welcomed twins Georgia and Zara to their family on Monday, May 29. The team at KVH can’t wait to meet the new arrivals!
Grower News
1 June 2017
Remove all unpicked fruit from vines and help protect our industry
1 June 2017
Growers are reminded of the importance of removing unpicked kiwifruit, including any arguta variety, from vines following harvest.  Fruit left on vines ripens and softens over winter months,...
Remove all unpicked fruit from vines and help protect our industry
1 June 2017

Growers are reminded of the importance of removing unpicked kiwifruit, including any arguta variety, from vines following harvest.  Fruit left on vines ripens and softens over winter months, allowing birds such as white-eyes or sparrows to feed on the fruit and spread the vine’s seeds through their droppings. This exacerbates the establishment of wild vines, especially where orchards are adjacent to native bush, scrub or forestry blocks.

More than $300,000 is invested in wild kiwifruit control annually and we still do not have control over the problem. Contractors in the Bay of Plenty control an average of 11,000 wild vines yearly.  There are increasing reports of wild kiwifruit recorded in the Gisborne and Nelson-Tasman regions, but wild vines can establish wherever kiwifruit is grown.

Rules in the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan include the requirement that fruit is removed from vines by 1 July each year. If fruit remains unpicked, it should be dropped to the ground as soon as possible and mulched so that the fruit pulp composts. This avoids any situation of fruit remaining on vines and accessible to birds, resulting in more wild vines.

KVH will be following up on any reports of unpicked orchards, or areas within orchards.

Biosecurity News
18 May 2017
Quick-view: biosecurity risk at a glance
18 May 2017
We’ve added a new resource to our website that gives you a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk to the kiwifruit industry. The KVH Dashboard is...
Quick-view: biosecurity risk at a glance
18 May 2017

We’ve added a new resource to our website that gives you a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk to the kiwifruit industry.

The KVH Dashboard is produced every three months to provide the industry with 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 latest reports by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Biosecurity News
18 May 2017
Packhouses raising the biosecurity bar
18 May 2017
KVH is currently completing annual packhouse site audits to confirm biosecurity measures are in place as per Packhouse Psa-V/Biosecurity Risk Management Plans. We have been impressed by the level...
Packhouses raising the biosecurity bar
18 May 2017

KVH is currently completing annual packhouse site audits to confirm biosecurity measures are in place as per Packhouse Psa-V/Biosecurity Risk Management Plans.

We have been impressed by the level of compliance and the commitment to biosecurity shown by staff at packing facilities.

Systems originally introduced for Psa will stand the industry in good stead should a new biosecurity incursion occur – e.g. bin sanitisation systems, management of reject fruit, and loadout procedures such as pre-loading inspections of sea containers for target organisms.

Yard staff are managing differing regional requirements for identification and segregation of bins, and those post-harvest facilities involved in harvest activities are maintaining high levels of on-orchard hygiene.

Overall, the audits are reflecting what KVH is pleased to see as a positive move towards biosecurity risk management measures becoming increasingly considered ‘business as usual’ by sites, and an integral part of running successful operations.

Grower News
18 May 2017
Myrtle rust disease and kiwifruit
18 May 2017
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed the presence of the myrtle rust plant disease on mainland New Zealand for the first time, in Kerikeri and Taranaki. Both finds were reported...
Myrtle rust disease and kiwifruit
18 May 2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed the presence of the myrtle rust plant disease on mainland New Zealand for the first time, in Kerikeri and Taranaki.

Both finds were reported to MPI by nurseries who we congratulate for being aware of what to look for and calling immediately something unusual was spotted.

This is an example of how important it is to be on the lookout – the sooner unwanted pests and diseases that make their way here are found, the more can be done to manage spread and take appropriate action.

Myrtle rust is a fungal infection that can travel long distances in the wind and attacks plants of the myrtaceae family. It doesn’t affect kiwifruit but could affect iconic New Zealand plants like pohutukawa, kanuka, manuka and rata, as well as commercially-grown species such as eucalyptus, guava and feijoa.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit vines this is an important and timely reminder for all growers to look out for symptoms on orchard myrtaceae trees. Look for:

• bright yellow powdery eruptions appearing on the underside of the leaf (young infection)
• bright yellow powdery eruptions on both sides of the leaf (mature infection)
• brown/grey rust pustules (older spores) can appear on older lesions
• leaves may become buckled or twisted and die off.

If you see any of these symptoms call MPI immediately on 0800 80 99 66. Take a photo but don’t touch or take samples as this might increase spread of the disease.

A myrtle rust fact sheet is available on the MPI website and there is also a lot of guidance available on the New Zealand Plant Producers site. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 May 2017
Good hygiene protocols important for biosecurity
18 May 2017
Last Friday afternoon the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) announced that a legal notice has been issued which makes it mandatory for...
Good hygiene protocols important for biosecurity
18 May 2017

Last Friday afternoon the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) announced that a legal notice has been issued which makes it mandatory for nurseries, retailers, and plant transporters to comply with NZPPI Myrtle Rust Risk Management Protocols.

In short, the notice requires that hygiene, containment and management protocols are followed to increase the chances of early detection and lower the possibility of any further spread of myrtle rust.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit vines this is an important and timely reminder for all growers that good hygiene practices should always be followed to help manage biosecurity threats.

Unwanted pests and diseases are easily spread through infected plant material and unclean machinery, tools, people and vehicles. Good hygiene practices are essential to help prevent their spread between vines, orchards and regions.

KVH hygiene recommendations are available in detail online. They key points are:

• Check and clean tools, vehicles, machinery, people and clothing.
• Ensure everything that comes on to your property is free from soil and plant material.
• Sanitise highest risk items and wash down dirty areas.
• Share information about biosecurity measures with your staff and contractors.

Myrtle rust could affect any native or exotic myrtle plants on your property – like feijoa or guava plants for example. Before harvest check these plants for any symptoms of the disease. You can read more about myrtle rust on the KVH website or visit the NZPPI website to view a complete list of all native and exotic myrtle plants in New Zealand.

If you see any of symptoms of myrtle rust or anything else unusual, call the MPI exotic pests and diseases hotline on 0800 80 99 66. Take a photo but don't attempt to touch or collect samples of myrtle rust as this may increase spread of the disease. 

Biosecurity News
18 May 2017
Kiwifruit production damaged by frosts in Italy
18 May 2017
Severe frosts that hit much of Europe in late April are estimated to have damaged up to 70% of kiwifruit production in a major Italian growing area. Low temperatures from 20-22 April appear to...
Kiwifruit production damaged by frosts in Italy
18 May 2017

Severe frosts that hit much of Europe in late April are estimated to have damaged up to 70% of kiwifruit production in a major Italian growing area.

Low temperatures from 20-22 April appear to have severely affected growers in the Lazio region, where around 30% of national production is based. The key points from the research are:

• There are about 6,000 hectares of kiwifruit (both yellow and green) between Latino and Rome, and the damage is between 60-70%
• Some orchards have 100% damage, some have none - especially in the higher areas
• Male plants were generally less affected than the smaller female plants
• Anti-hail nets provided some degree of protection, depending on location
• Yellow kiwifruit varieties had just started the flowering period when the frosts hit, while the green cultivars were a few days away from flowering
• There has also been damage in Piedmont (the country’s second most productive region) with damage estimates ranging from 10-30%.

We talked about the need to increase Psa protective sprays in line with seasonal weather changes in an April edition of the Bulletin after we had news out of northern Italy that following extensive wet and harsh weather, Psa symptoms indicate infection this spring is higher than previous years.

Following on from our own wet, windy weather we could see the same symptoms here in New Zealand next spring if the right action isn’t taken to protect orchards post-harvest.

Detailed information and guidance for protecting and managing orchards is available in the Psa-V Best Practice Guide available on the KVH website. 

Biosecurity News
18 May 2017
Most unwanted pest data released
18 May 2017
The highest risk period for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) is coming to an end and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released data summarising...
Most unwanted pest data released
18 May 2017

The highest risk period for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) is coming to an end and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released data summarising interceptions and interventions for the 2016/17 period.

KVH has made both the BMSB and QFF reports available online. Making data like this available is something that we’re committed to and have been working closely with MPI on this season to ensure correct, up-to-date information is shared that helps demonstrate the work taking place at our borders that industry is playing a key role in.

Although we’re not in the high-risk period at the moment there is never zero risk – growers are reminded to be on the lookout for these serious pests year-round. As mentioned in the last Bulletin, BMSB has been found in Chile. It’s the first southern hemisphere detection and increases the risk to us here as our seasons are compatible and BMSB could arrive year-round. 

Biosecurity News
18 May 2017
Implementing Biosecurity 2025
18 May 2017
Subscribe now to the brand-new newsletter all about what’s happening now that the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement has been launched. KVH and others across the kiwifruit industry were...
Implementing Biosecurity 2025
18 May 2017

Subscribe now to the brand-new newsletter all about what’s happening now that the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement has been launched.

KVH and others across the kiwifruit industry were involved in the development of the Biosecurity 2025 goals and we continue to be involved through working groups and planning teams. We encourage you to subscribe to the regular updates and share your ideas so that together – within our industry and communities – we help pull together an engaged team of 4.7 million people actively taking part in helping manage New Zealand’s biosecurity risk. 

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