As part of ongoing planning, a BMSB simulation exercise is being held by horticulture product groups.
KVH will be attending and participating in the exercise (hosted by HortNZ) which will take place in Wellington on the afternoon of Thursday 30 March.
If you’re interested in attending, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Effectively managing the risk of an invasive hitchhiker pest like BMSB requires all parties in the biosecurity system to be involved in delivering pre-border, border and post border interventions.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been engaging with a number of stakeholders, including KVH, to manage the risk of BMSB entering New Zealand.
An update on these activities, focused on pre-border and border initiatives is now available on the KVH website.
This includes pre-shipment treatment requirements, awareness activities with major shippers and interventions.
Kiwivax™ now holds an ACVM Limited Label claim for Psa control and has been added to the KVH recommended product list.
Kiwivax™ is the result of a joint venture between the Bio-Protection Centre at Lincoln University and Agrimm® Technologies Limited. It is a biological root zone drench containing three Trichoderma strains which have been shown to colonise new kiwifruit roots and then grow with the plant offering a long term systemic response. Effective root colonisation “reduces Psa symptoms in kiwifruit vines by increasing resistance to disease”.
Recommended application timing is through periods of feeder root growth such as spring and autumn.
Product registration was based on results from seedling and potted plant trials and orchard trials are in place to further test efficacy at a commercial level.
Kiwivax is Biogro certified and is included in the Zespri Crop Protection Standard for use through the “bud phase” and “postharvest” periods.
Kiwivax should be incorporated as part of a Psa management programme. Orchard application via flood jet, weed boom spray, fertigation or air-blast sprayer directed to the rootzone at a minimum rate of 200gms/Ha is recommended. Kiwivax can also be applied to nursery seedlings and young plants at the time of planting with a concentrated mix of 200g/100L suggested.
Kiwivax is available through local merchants.
Harvest season presents a high-risk period for spreading Psa-V or other biosecurity risks between blocks, orchards and regions because of the numbers of vehicles, machinery and people movements involved.
Growers are responsible for protecting their orchards, and others, by ensuring the movement of harvest equipment, people and bins onto and around their orchard is minimised.
Top tips for harvest hygiene preparation:
• Clear loadout areas of weeds before harvest. We’re in the high-risk period for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), considered number two on Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted biosecurity threats list, so be on the lookout.
• Clearly mark parking and hygiene control areas.
• Allow only essential vehicles into the production area.
• Limit access to established roads and tracks.
• Make sure contractors and staff understand your hygiene requirements.
• Check all equipment - harvest bins, harvest machinery, picking bags etc. coming on to your orchard are free of plant and soil material.
• Ensure people check that clothing (particularly headwear and footwear) is free of plant material on entry and exit.
• Do not allow workers to bring imported fruit onto the orchard or provide measures to ensure this fruit is not discarded near vines.
Having extra people through orchards means more pairs of eyes that can be on the lookout for unusual vine symptoms or pests – or BMSB.
Dr Doug McKenzie-Mohr, an internationally-recognised commentator on design and delivery of community information programmes, was recently in Hamilton, taking part in a workshop programme on the science and psychology behind behaviour change initiatives.
Staff from KVH and a wide range of primary sector, and industry groups, took part in the workshop.
Dr McKenzie Mohr’s ideas about identifying barriers to behaviour change and developing community-based social marketing initiatives to overcome those barriers, can be applied to strategic biosecurity initiatives.
Engaging with a wide range of audiences, from across a broad section of communities is a fundamental part of KVH and the kiwifruit industry’s work.
When we think of current examples like the ongoing management of the Psa disease, or raising awareness about the importance of good biosecurity practice year-round, the learnings from the workshops will help organisations and leaders within the industry understand the challenges and trends related to how people make behavioural choices and where they prefer to get their information.
We have a very clear direction and goal – a biosecurity team of 4.7 million people. We need to be responsive to peoples changing needs so that we’re providing them with the information they want, when they want it, in a way that encourages them to take part in the biosecurity related actions we’re asking of them.
If there are barriers in the way, we need to make changes to the way we do things and find more effective ways of interacting. That may mean changing from the more traditional approach of newspaper ads or printed brochures, to being at more face-to-face community events so we can get direct feedback from people.
It’s March already but there are still plenty of school and public holidays to come …. don’t forget you can get a handy wall calendar free from us for your office or home.
Produced by KVH and the Tauranga port community, the calendar includes loads of helpful images and a quick and easy reference guide to unwanted pests and diseases, their risk months, where and how they are most likely to enter New Zealand and where you should lookout for them.