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Grower News
13 July 2017
Drop and mulch unpicked fruit
13 July 2017
Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP), it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July yearly.  Any unpicked kiwifruit is now softening and if left on...
Drop and mulch unpicked fruit
13 July 2017

Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP), it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July yearly. 

Any unpicked kiwifruit is now softening and if left on vines will be a food source for birds such as white-eyes, blackbirds or sparrows.  For the kiwifruit industry, unpicked fruit is not a good thing as birds deposit kiwifruit seed via their droppings into nearby bush or forestry blocks, resulting in further wild kiwifruit infestations.  A few fruit missed by pickers is enough to perpetuate a wild kiwifruit problem.    

Contractors work throughout the year to control wild kiwifruit in the Bay of Plenty.  The cost of this work is more than $200,000 yearly – growers are funding most of this control work through KVH. Over time this cost could reduce through better management of unpicked fruit which is the seed-source for wild vines. KVH is working with other regional councils to detect and destroy any wild kiwifruit plants before they establish or spread. 

Unpicked fruit and unmanaged kiwifruit vines may also be a potential host for plant disease organisms.

Unpicked fruit needs to be dropped to the ground and mulched - the fruit will quickly compost.  KVH is following up on a small number of reports of unpicked fruit. If growers are aware of unpicked orchards or parts of orchards, please contact John Mather at KVH.

Grower News
13 July 2017
Manage cut out trunks within the orchard
13 July 2017
Growers are reminded to manage any cut out vine material, including any sawn-off trunks or leaders, within the orchard.  Do not dump cut out vines into any adjacent gully, forest or...
Manage cut out trunks within the orchard
13 July 2017

Growers are reminded to manage any cut out vine material, including any sawn-off trunks or leaders, within the orchard.  Do not dump cut out vines into any adjacent gully, forest or bush.  If wild kiwifruit establishes from dumped vines the orchard owner will have to fund the total cost of wild vine control and remove the trunks. 

Disposal pits need to be properly constructed, like in the image to the right.  Old vine trunks and leaders may be burnt or buried within the pit.  Follow the guidelines within the KVH Protocol - Disposal Options.  A heavy-duty mulcher is an excellent disposal option.  Remember to remove all plant material from the machine and wash and sanitise before leaving the orchard.

If burning, ensure the material is dry and follow all regional council Air Plan requirements.  Ensure that any smoke is not a hazard for nearby roads or a nuisance to neighbours.  Also remember that it is prohibited to burn treated timber.

Biosecurity News
13 July 2017
Stink bug agreement signed
13 July 2017
An agreement which focuses on avoiding the damaging aspects of a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursion was signed this afternoon by KVH with other horticultural groups and the Ministry for...
Stink bug agreement signed
13 July 2017

An agreement which focuses on avoiding the damaging aspects of a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursion was signed this afternoon by KVH with other horticultural groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), at the Horticulture Conference.

The agreement, under the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity readiness and response (GIA) sets out the operational requirements for readiness and response activities and cost-sharing arrangements between Government and affected industries in the management of the BMSB threat. It enables joint decision-making between the parties and sees them all working together to reduce the impacts of BMSB to affected industries.

A summary of the agreement is available on the KVH website.

BMSB is number two on our Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list, and it’s a serious pest to horticulture as well as the public. In the USA, the ever-expanding BMSB population is considered a nuisance pest, infesting homes and taking over lifestyles.




In addition to the agreement signed today, a KVH work programme is well underway with Zespri so the kiwifruit industry will be as fully prepared as possible in the event of an incursion. This includes looking at how decisions will be made around operational/field activities, how information will be shared with growers, and how we can ensure other industries are kept informed of our activities.

The next high-risk season for BMSB is only weeks away. Visit the BMSB page of the KVH website for more information, video, and fact sheets about this unwanted pest.

Biosecurity News
13 July 2017
Support for biosecurity prosecution
13 July 2017
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced late last week the conviction of a Christchurch firm for submitting a false declaration that could have created a serious biosecurity...
Support for biosecurity prosecution
13 July 2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced late last week the conviction of a Christchurch firm for submitting a false declaration that could have created a serious biosecurity breach.

The customs broking firm prosecuted by MPI falsely declared that the header unit of an imported combine harvester was new when it was in fact used. When inspected by officials and effectively cleaned, the waste from the header filled three 240-litre containers.

KVH is supportive of the action taken by MPI, not only because there could have been serious biosecurity impacts resulting from the contamination (potentially impacting any primary or horticultural sector industry), but also because it demonstrates that the system is working and does pick up on inconsistencies like incorrect paperwork.

We also support even stronger action being taken by MPI in situations where rules are disregarded, including rejecting the importation of uncleaned machinery altogether.

There are strict rules in place for importing vehicles and equipment to ensure they are free from harmful pests and diseases. KVH and other industry groups have been reiteraring this with importers of machinery and machinery parts, particularly in light of the threat of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), and most recently at Fieldays.

Media Releases
13 July 2017
Stink bug agreement signed
13 July 2017
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is one of the biggest threats facing New Zealand’s horticultural sector. It threatens the livelihoods of primary sector producers, and would impact on the...
Stink bug agreement signed
13 July 2017

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is one of the biggest threats facing New Zealand’s horticultural sector. It threatens the livelihoods of primary sector producers, and would impact on the quality of life of all New Zealanders if ever able to establish here.

An agreement to reduce the damaging impact of BMSB incursion was signed today by a number of horticultural sector groups and Government at the Horticulture NZ Conference in Tauranga.

BMSB Council Chairperson, Alan Pollard, says this means primary industry organisations and the Ministry for Primary Industries can work together to prepare for and reduce the impacts of the pest.

“While BMSB populations have never taken hold in New Zealand, it’s a sneaky pest that spreads fast and has been caught at the border on passengers and in imported goods many times,” says Mr Pollard.

“If given the opportunity, BMSB has the potential to cause billions of damage to the New Zealand economy. They attack a wide range of New Zealand crops such as grapes, kiwifruit, apples, and stone fruit, corn and many other valuable crops” said Mr Pollard. “In addition, BMSB can ruin peoples’ gardens and when it gets cold, BMSB tends to bunch up in large numbers in dark spaces in homes and other dwellings, making it a huge public nuisance.”

The agreement, under the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity readiness and response (GIA) sets out operational requirements for readiness and response activities and cost-sharing arrangements between Government and affected industries in the management of the BMSB threat. It enables joint decision-making between the parties and sees them all working together to reduce the impacts of the pest to the affected industries.

 

“By working together under GIA, Government and affected industries can achieve far greater outcomes for the benefit of all New Zealanders” says Mr Pollard. “This operational agreement enables us to harness the capabilities of both Government and industry groups to fight BMSB head on. It also gives industry groups a seat at the decision-making table and ensures that an industry perspective is included when decisions are made.”

Initial signatories to the operational agreement are Pipfruit NZ, Kiwifruit Vine Health Ltd, New Zealand Avocado Growers Association, Tomatoes New Zealand, Vegetables New Zealand, NZ Winegrowers, and the Ministry for Primary Industries. It is expected that other industry groups impacted by BMSB will sign the operational agreement in the future once they have joined the GIA partnership.

Biosecurity News
29 June 2017
Hawkes Bay: Psa Recovery region
29 June 2017
Following the identification of a number of additional Psa-V positive orchards and a grower meeting to discuss regional classification, the Hawkes Bay region will soon move from a Containment...
Hawkes Bay: Psa Recovery region
29 June 2017

Following the identification of a number of additional Psa-V positive orchards and a grower meeting to discuss regional classification, the Hawkes Bay region will soon move from a Containment region to a Recovery region under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP).

The KVH Board approved the change at their June meeting and it will come into effect from 1 July.

All New Zealand kiwifruit-growing regions are classified as Exclusion, Containment or Recovery, based on the level of Psa-V infection.  A Recovery region is a region already widespread with the disease.

More information on regional classifications, including maps, is available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
29 June 2017
Importance of monitoring and Psa control programmes
29 June 2017
A recent resistance workshop has highlighted the value of ongoing monitoring programmes and the need for a comprehensive Psa control programme. Hosted by KVH and Zespri, the workshop was held...
Importance of monitoring and Psa control programmes
29 June 2017

A recent resistance workshop has highlighted the value of ongoing monitoring programmes and the need for a comprehensive Psa control programme.

Hosted by KVH and Zespri, the workshop was held earlier this week with representatives from the science community and agrichemical companies to discuss the ongoing evolution of copper resistance Psa and how we best respond to this.

The resistance monitoring programme has enabled us to detect resistance Psa bacteria early, and to identify the mechanisms/changes that led to this resistance. This means we have an opportunity to learn more about the bacteria and how we best respond to the changes before the levels of resistance build and potentially impact Psa control on orchards.  Historically resistance is usually found when chemicals fail to control disease pressure, which can result in the loss of that compound from the control programme, something we can’t afford to have happen with Psa since we have so few control products available.

Although we have identified resistance Psa bacteria on orchards we have not seen control product failure, but the workshop agreed that continued intensive monitoring is important (on a selection of orchards) to better understand the rate of resistance development and risk to the industry.

It was also agreed that based on current knowledge, KVH Best Practice advice around Psa control to reduce resistance development is appropriate and should continue to be followed by growers. Further research areas were identified to enhance KVH’s recommendations.

KVH and Zespri are also focussing on finding additional control products to reduce reliance on copper over time.

 
Biosecurity News
29 June 2017
Summer stats from the border
29 June 2017
KVH works with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on several initiatives, including advocating for the strongest possible procedures and systems at our borders to help stop the arrival of...
Summer stats from the border
29 June 2017

KVH works with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on several initiatives, including advocating for the strongest possible procedures and systems at our borders to help stop the arrival of unwanted pests.

MPI recently released some statistics for the summer period (December to February) and the work that has been undertaken at airports in particular stands out.  It’s imperative that we keep up strong biosecurity procedures and were pleased to read that MPI is set to meet or exceed their 98.5% compliance target for arriving passengers. 

Of note to the kiwifruit industry, the statistics for the three-month summer period tell us:

• in the passenger space, there were no Queensland Fruit Fly Interceptions reported,
• there were 1059 cargo consignments targeted for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) inspection. This is 160% more than the previous year,
• there were 93 BMSB interception events in cargo, mainly on used equipment and machinery.

Interestingly, hand luggage is where almost 80% of fruit fly host material is found at the border. Specialist x-ray scanning technology for small bags that could make it much easier to identify risk items is being looked at and trials are expected soon.

KVH also regularly produces summarised risk updates for the most unwanted threats to kiwifruit, using the latest data and information from MPI. These are available on the KVH website (the most recent ones are for fruit fly and BMSB).

Biosecurity News
29 June 2017
New agreement for managing BMSB
29 June 2017
A new agreement between industry groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to help reduce the potential damaging impacts of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is due to be finalised...
New agreement for managing BMSB
29 June 2017

A new agreement between industry groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to help reduce the potential damaging impacts of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is due to be finalised and signed in mid-July.

The BMSB Operational Agreement has been developed under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA), which commits the kiwifruit industry - and others across the horticultural sector - to work with government to improve readiness for potential future biosecurity events and decide how all parties would jointly respond, including operational details and cost-sharing arrangements. You can read a summary of what the agreement will include on the KVH website.

The agreement has been negotiated and developed by a specially convened group including KVH on behalf of the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors.

Biosecurity News
29 June 2017
Biosecurity awards open
29 June 2017
The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate individuals who have made a positive difference to New Zealand biosecurity. Launched by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the...
Biosecurity awards open
29 June 2017

The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate individuals who have made a positive difference to New Zealand biosecurity.

Launched by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the awards support the objective in the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement to build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders – something we at KVH have been involved in developing and implementing.

The awards are open to everyone and there a number of different categories so if you (or your organisation/company) have been involved in a project or event that focuses on biosecurity, and you want to know more, visit the MPI website for details.

You might be biosecurity champions and not even know it! This is your opportunity to tell your story and share how you’ve made a difference in protecting the kiwifruit industry and/or the wider New Zealand environment and economy from biosecurity threats.

Get in quick – the closing date for entries is Friday 7 July 2017.

Company Notices
29 June 2017
KVH is making some changes
29 June 2017
In previous issues of the Bulletin we mentioned that we’re going to be freshening up our look and the way we present things ….. we’ve started making some changes and if you came...
KVH is making some changes
29 June 2017

In previous issues of the Bulletin we mentioned that we’re going to be freshening up our look and the way we present things ….. we’ve started making some changes and if you came along to our stand at Fieldays you would have noticed our new display banners.

We’ll have more to share over the coming weeks but do keep a lookout and don’t be alarmed if you see things looking a little different to how they used to. Don’t panic though – we’re not going anywhere!

Company Notices
29 June 2017
Social media launch
29 June 2017
We’ve launched new Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media pages so that we can engage with more people across the wider kiwifruit industry, and share biosecurity messages with the...
Social media launch
29 June 2017

We’ve launched new Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media pages so that we can engage with more people across the wider kiwifruit industry, and share biosecurity messages with the public.

It’s important to us that everyone is involved in biosecurity and sees that they have a part to play in helping keep out unwanted pests and threats. We’ll be promoting general biosecurity messages, telling our story (how we came to be and what or goals are for the kiwifruit industry), sharing positive stories about kiwifruit growers and promoting upcoming events like field days and biosecurity weeks.

Being online will also enable us to spread messages more efficiently and quickly when we need to let people know about new incursions, any effects they may or may not have on kiwifruit (like myrtle rust recently), and what actions people need to take. We’ll be joining the likes of Zespri, NZKGI, Avocado NZ and the Ministry of Primary Industries to share their messages and videos too.

You can follow us on Twitter @KVHNZ or find us on Facebook and You Tube at Kiwifruit Vine Health - KVH.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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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