The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Kiwifruit Vine Health will be held Thursday 24 August 2017.
Growers will receive their AGM packs in the mail during the first week of August. These will include the Chairman’s Report, 2016 KVH audited financial statements and proposed budget for the 2018/2019 financial year. Also included will be a recommendation of the rate of the NPMP & Biosecurity Levy for the 2018 year, any proposed rule changes, Explanation of Resolutions and your voting paper.
Date: Thursday 24 August 2017
Location: Suite 1, ASB Arena, Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated and the KVH Foundation Incorporated will now operate as one entity under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA).
The Minister for Primary Industries approved the application late March, which confirms and completes the legal requirements of moving to a single legal entity - Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated - to represent the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors from 1 April.
Further information will be presented at the KVH AGM in July to liquidate the former KVH Foundation.
January provides a good time to reflect on the year that has passed, as well as look forward to the year ahead. 2017 will be a big year for KVH, as we work towards our goal of a biosecurity resilient kiwifruit industry.
KVH has this week welcomed Dr Sonia Whiteman as an Associate Board Director, replacing Lorry Leydon who sat on the Board for two years. We thank Lorry for his service and look forward to his reflections on his time with KVH in the next bulletin.
Sonia is the General Manager of Apata GROW - Apata's Orchard Management division. She has a technical background in horticulture including a Bachelor of Horticulture Science (with first class honours in plant protection) and a doctorate in plant diseases.
Sonia's career has spanned 20 years, moving from Academia into Commerce, with a focus on accessing innovative science to support the various agriculture sectors.
Biosecurity is a subject close to Sonia's heart, having been in technical roles supporting growers during two major incursions. The first was the 2006 tomato/potato psyllid incursion and the associated bacterial disease liberibacter, followed by Psa in kiwifruit in 2010. Both events emphasised to Sonia the importance of industry awareness of biosecurity threats to ensure preparedness and support early detection.
"The reality of the situation is that raising the profile of biosecurity is challenging. Growers find it difficult to turn their mind to something that isn’t happening, or hasn't happened yet, when there are so many things that need to be dealt with right now. However, a major pest incursion is, in my view, the greatest threat facing the future success of our industry, so we need to understand these threats and be ready to act decisively and effectively if or when they are realised".
Sonia is excited about the opportunity to work with the KVH Board and staff to help advance the kiwifruit industry’s state of readiness.
MPI and GIA partners hosted the Protecting to Grow New Zealand Biosecurity Forum last week, which included national and international experts speaking about the future of biosecurity in New Zealand. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy also launched the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement. The second day of the forum provided opportunity for discussion and contribution through workshops focused on each of the five key strategic directions.
KVH have an exciting development opportunity for a future leader within the Kiwifruit Industry.