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Biosecurity News
24 August 2017
Video guide to the Psa-V Risk Model
24 August 2017
A reminder that KVH has developed an online video tutorial to guide growers through the Psa-V Risk Model, demonstrating how to use the weather tools available. Developed as an online,...
Video guide to the Psa-V Risk Model
24 August 2017

A reminder that KVH has developed an online video tutorial to guide growers through the Psa-V Risk Model, demonstrating how to use the weather tools available.

Developed as an online, weather-based decision support system, the model helps growers with orchard management in a Psa environment. It includes actual weather station data and weather forecast details to provide customised access to unique disease information and interpretiations.

Click here to view the tutorial and click here to access the model. Please note, growers must be registered with the KVH website to use the model – if you haven’t already done so, please register now.

Company Notices
24 August 2017
The Bulletin gets a facelift
24 August 2017
Regular readers of the Bulletin will notice some changes to the design. We’ve updated the banner that runs along the top of the page and we’re using some different colours. In previous...
The Bulletin gets a facelift
24 August 2017

Regular readers of the Bulletin will notice some changes to the design. We’ve updated the banner that runs along the top of the page and we’re using some different colours.

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 started making some changes at Fieldays (when visitors to our stand will have noticed our new display banners) and growers received the new-look Annual Report recently in the mail.  As mentioned earlier in this Bulletin, the new seasonal management guide is out now and that has also been refreshed with updated content and a new design.

Please email us if you would like to subscribe to the fortnightly KVH Bulletin.

Biosecurity News
24 August 2017
KVH working with HortNZ to deliver better biosecurity
24 August 2017
A new agreement between KVH and Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) to improve biosecurity focused efforts for growers has been developed. KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil says the Memorandum...
KVH working with HortNZ to deliver better biosecurity
24 August 2017

A new agreement between KVH and Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) to improve biosecurity focused efforts for growers has been developed.

KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil says the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) finalised earlier this week will ensure the kiwifruit industry achieves better biosecurity.

“Protecting the kiwifruit industry from unwanted pests and diseases is our absolute priority, and with so many different moving parts the more effort we can put into this, the better. By working more closely with HortNZ, we can better streamline our resources and more efficiently take part in readiness and response activities for the benefit of our growers.”

“It will mean for example that HortNZ will be a support network for KVH during Ministry for Primary Industries Wellington-based activities, and allow for us to better utilise HortNZ’s influence in working with other horticulture sectors in strengthening overall biosecurity protection and preparedness.”

HortNZ Chief Executive Mike Chapman adds that the MOU is a natural progression for two organisations who already work closely together and are increasingly undertaking greater biosecurity activities.

“HortNZ and KVH share the same biosecurity goals. We want to make sure unwanted threats that could affect our growers are kept out of New Zealand, but we know that we also need to be well-prepared in the event they get here. By aligning our activities and messages, we can be more effective in our advocacy role in government, as well as increasing grower biosecurity awareness and on-orchard practices.”

“HortNZ provides strong leadership and coordination efforts across the horticultural sectors – with this agreement we’re also confirming our ability to provide robust biosecurity policy and submissions advice to the kiwifruit industry. This will in-turn reduce significant duplication in effort by both organisations and most importantly, help deliver a better, more efficient, biosecurity preparedness operating model for growers.”

Biosecurity News
24 August 2017
KiwiNet network meets
24 August 2017
The latest gathering of KiwiNet members was held on Monday in Mount Maunganui. As well as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) crisis simulation mentioned earlier in the Bulletin, attendees took...
KiwiNet network meets
24 August 2017

The latest gathering of KiwiNet members was held on Monday in Mount Maunganui.

As well as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) crisis simulation mentioned earlier in the Bulletin, attendees took part in biosecurity discussions and presentations on the implications of myrtle rust to the kiwifruit industry; forestry biosecurity surveillance and recent incursions; the importance of on-orchard biosecurity protocols; and how KiwiNet can help kiwifruit growers and industry be a part of the Biosecurity 2025 initative to have a biosecurity team of 4.7 million people.

Presentations from the KiwiNet meeting will be available to view on the KVH website over the next few days.

Established in December 2014, KiwiNet is the team of people selected from across the kiwifruit industry who champion biosecurity readiness and coordinate the deployment of kiwifruit industry resources into biosecurity responses. KiwiNet exists to reduce the impacts on our industry if/when we face our next major biosecurity incursion – read more about the network on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
24 August 2017
Help spread the biosecurity word online
24 August 2017
Don’t forget you, your family and friends, can follow KVH on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media pages. We launched the pages back in June so that we can engage with more people...
Help spread the biosecurity word online
24 August 2017

Don’t forget you, your family and friends, can follow KVH on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube social media pages.

We launched the pages back in June 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 workshops.

Being online also enables 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. You can follow us on Twitter ‘@KVHNZ’ or find us on Facebook and YouTube at ‘Kiwifruit Vine Health – KVH’.

Biosecurity News
24 August 2017
Industry preparedness for BMSB
24 August 2017
One of the biggest threats to the kiwifruit industry today is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). If this unwanted pest were to establish in New Zealand, it could cost the wider...
Industry preparedness for BMSB
24 August 2017

One of the biggest threats to the kiwifruit industry today is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). If this unwanted pest were to establish in New Zealand, it could cost the wider horticultural industries hundreds of millions of dollars, and be a significant public nuisance pest as it takes up residence in kiwi homes and industrial buildings over winter.

How would we respond? What if we fail to eradicate it? How would we manage it on our orchards – especially over the longer term?

As September marks the start of the next high-risk season, these are just some of the questions addressed at a simulation exercise of a BMSB incursion on a New Zealand kiwifruit orchard held earlier this week, hosted by KVH and Zespri and attended by representative observers from across horticulture and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

The exercise was supported by technical, response, operational, research, and communications staff who worked together to test the industry’s level of readiness for two scenarios – an incursion and long term management. It was held to coincide with a regular meeting of KiwiNet, the team of people selected from across the kiwifruit industry who champion biosecurity readiness and coordinate the deployment of kiwifruit industry resources into biosecurity responses.

Teams worked through what would need to happen under both scenarios to ensure key advice is developed and provided to decision makers efficiently; impacts on orchards and postharvest facilities are managed; key information to growers, the media and wider public is coordinated and regular; and the right capability can be mobilised at the right time e.g. KiwiNet responders.

A readiness plan recently developed by a joint KVH/Zespri working group identified activities to mitigate impacts of BMSB across the supply chain and was used during the exercise by teams to guide thinking.

What we learned from the simulation exercise was:

• Movement controls are difficult as the bugs fly and there are other risk movement pathways (non-kiwifruit activities) beyond our control.
• If we have to spray kiwifruit orchards as part of eradication we need to have clarified compensation issues in advance.
• Industry and Government work together well and have good, aligned systems in place. However, we can’t do it alone and the assistance of local councils, iwi and community groups is imperative. We need to make sure we consult with these groups throughout any response.
• It’s a big logistical exercise to get enough people on the ground as fast as possible. Kiwinet will help make this happen and other support or volunteer networks may also be useful.

From here, KVH and Zespri will continue to work together to look further into the need for and impact of movement controls, and the development of protocols for post-harvest operators to help with their contingency planning. A framework for coordinated long term approaches will also be developed, to ensure activities and decisions are aligned across industries and regions (this includes working with international experts such as Dr Tracy Leskey – see article here).

 

Biosecurity News
24 August 2017
Brazilian Wilt - are we ready?
24 August 2017
There’s been some good media coverage recently on a plant disease of real biosecurity and conservation concern. Radio NZ initially covered the topic explaining how the disease called...
Brazilian Wilt - are we ready?
24 August 2017

There’s been some good media coverage recently on a plant disease of real biosecurity and conservation concern. Radio NZ initially covered the topic explaining how the disease called ‘Rapid ohi’a death’ is wiping out native trees in Hawaii and could spread throughout the Pacific.

The fungus behind the plant disease is Ceratocystis fimbriata - or Brazilian Wilt as its more commonly known - one of Kiwifruit's Most Unwanted and a soil-borne fungus causing significant damage to kiwifruit orchards in Brazil, and has been a major focus of our biosecurity readiness activities.

Infected orchards in Brazil have suffered up to 50% vine loss over the last five years and there is no known treatment available. If the disease was to arrive in New Zealand it could establish and result in 10-30% vine loss per year on infected orchards. We know that vine death can occur very rapidly following infection with Hayward or Bruno rootstock appearing to be the most affected.

KVH has made significant progress in the last 12 months towards ensuring we are prepared to manage this major threat, including the completion of a Brazilian Wilt Readiness Plan in May. 

Readiness plans are developed under GIA, in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and outline exactly how we would respond should particular organisms be detected in New Zealand. The Brazilian Wilt plan also details current knowledge gaps and research needs that will be funded and addressed by KVH and Zespri.

When it comes to reducing the risk, there is a very real chance of eradication should the pathogen be discovered early enough in a confined area, and able to be contained. As we don’t know how long it takes for symptoms to develop from the time of infection (months or years), containment of a pathogen that we cannot see is only feasible if the industry follows biosecurity best practice at all times – source clean plant material, check and clean everything that enters your orchard and report anything unusual.

There’s more information about Brazilian Wilt, including a fact sheet and detail about research programmes underway, on the KVH website. You can also read an article about how KVH is preparing for this threat in the new KVH Annual Report 2016-17.

Company Notices
22 August 2017
Final days to vote
22 August 2017
We look forward to seeing you at the KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Thursday. If you’re not able to make it in person, please don’t forget to complete your voting papers and...
Final days to vote
22 August 2017

We look forward to seeing you at the KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Thursday. If you’re not able to make it in person, please don’t forget to complete your voting papers and return them to KVH.

Your grower pack (delivered in the mail) includes voting papers and all the proposed resolutions, including explanatory information and material.

One resolution relates to liquidating the KVH Foundation, so that KVH will only operate under one legal entity; The KVH Incorporated Society. Also included is a recommendation of the rate of the National Pest Management Plan and Biosecurity levies for the 2018 year.

Copies are also available on the KVH website, along with full financial statements.

Once completed, please return your voting papers to KVH by email or fax, or by hand delivery before or at the AGM.  To return papers by email please contact info@kvh.org.nz. The number for returning papers by fax is 07 574 7591.

If growers have any questions or queries, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or speak to a KVH Director.

The KVH AGM is open to the public and anyone interested is welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow afterwards.

When: Thursday 24 August, 2017 at 9am.
Where: The ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui.

Company Notices
10 August 2017
See you at the AGM
10 August 2017
The KVH AGM is now just a fortnight away. Growers packs have been delivered and include all the proposed resolutions along with explanatory information and material. Please feel free to contact KVH...
See you at the AGM
10 August 2017

The KVH AGM is now just a fortnight away. Growers packs have been delivered and include all the proposed resolutions along with explanatory information and material. Please feel free to contact KVH if you have any questions about the AGM proposals.

The packs (available on the KVH website with full financial statements) also include voting papers – once completed, please return them to KVH either by email or fax, or by hand delivery before or at the AGM.

This meeting is open to the public and anyone interested is welcome to attend. The NZKGI and then Zespri AGMs will follow afterwards.

When: Thursday August 24, 2017 at 9am.
Where: The ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui.

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.

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