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Grower News
23 March 2017
Take part in a BMSB readiness exercise
23 March 2017
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...
Take part in a BMSB readiness exercise
23 March 2017

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 info@kvh.org.nz for more information.

Grower News
23 March 2017
Working proactively with MPI to manage risk
23 March 2017
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...
Working proactively with MPI to manage risk
23 March 2017

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.

Grower News
23 March 2017
Kiwivax added to KVH recommended product list
23 March 2017
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...
Kiwivax added to KVH recommended product list
23 March 2017

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.

Grower News
23 March 2017
Top tips for harvest hygiene
23 March 2017
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...
Top tips for harvest hygiene
23 March 2017

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.

Grower News
23 March 2017
Social marketing pioneer visits New Zealand
23 March 2017
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...
Social marketing pioneer visits New Zealand
23 March 2017

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.

Grower News
23 March 2017
Free wall calendar
23 March 2017
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...
Free wall calendar
23 March 2017

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.

We’ve got a few left so please send us an email letting us know how many you would like and where we should send them to. For a better view (or to print a copy yourself) click here.

Grower News
9 March 2017
Preparing for the next biosecurity incursion at an on-orchard level
9 March 2017
The threat of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) highlighted in recent Bulletin articles, has reinforced the risk of biosecurity incursions to the kiwifruit industry.    KVH is working...
Preparing for the next biosecurity incursion at an on-orchard level
9 March 2017
The threat of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) highlighted in recent Bulletin articles, has reinforced the risk of biosecurity incursions to the kiwifruit industry. 
 
KVH is working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other horticultural sectors to prepare specifically for BMSB, but we also have efforts under way within our own industry to ensure that we are prepared for the next biosecurity incursion - whatever this might be.
 
A key component of this is to ensure that the industry is managing our internal pathways with on-orchard biosecurity practices. To achieve this an industry working group, including growers and the wider industry, met again Tuesday to further progress the development of industry on-orchard biosecurity guidelines.
 
KVH Biosecurity Analyst Matt Dyck says the group was originally created by KVH to ensue key partners are involved in the creation of the guidelines, which will provide consistency across the industry and provide guidance as to the level of business-as-usual good biosecurity practice required. 
 
“Biosecurity puts growers investment at risk – in terms of dollar value, jobs, and community impact. It’s imperative we manage that risk and protect growers through awareness, education and operational guidelines.”
 
“Draft guidelines were presented to the group for discussion, including what supporting documents and tools will be needed to help with implementation, and therefore improve ability to withstand a future biosecurity incursion.”
 
“We received a lot of good feedback about the guidelines and posters we’ve already created, particularly around how practical they are. The workshop also raised some useful ideas about how we can make them even more fit-for-purpose for growers, packhouses and wider audiences.”
 
Next week KVH will work with other primary industries to align our approach and explore how a community-based approach can strengthen on-orchard and on-farm biosecurity.
 
Grower News
9 March 2017
Nursery plants
9 March 2017
KVH have had instances where growers/nurseries have not followed the correct procedures and plants moved illegally have had to be destroyed.   All growers and all nurseries must meet Kiwifruit...
Nursery plants
9 March 2017
KVH have had instances where growers/nurseries have not followed the correct procedures and plants moved illegally have had to be destroyed.
 
All growers and all nurseries must meet Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) requirements and must follow the movement controls when sourcing/providing plants.
 
There are three options for sourcing plants:
 
KPCS “Full Certification” plants
Fully certified plants that meet all testing requirements for all target organisms.
Movement: Can be moved between regions in accordance with KVH movement controls below.
 
KPCS “within Region Only” plants
Plants that meet all KPCS requirements except freedom from Psa-V. 
Movement: Movement is restricted to within the same KVH Biosecurity region.
* Plants may not be moved from a positive property to a Not Detected property.
 
Grow for your own use
Growers may produce plants for use on their own properties.
Movement:  Movement of no more than 1000 plants per year is permitted to properties under the same ownership, within the same KVH Biosecurity region, and subject to certain biosecurity controls.
* Plants may not be moved from a positive property to a Not Detected properly.
Grower News
9 March 2017
Zespri roadshow presentation highlights early detection importance
9 March 2017
KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil, along with other KVH staff, presented at the Zespri roadshows last week.     Barry provided a Psa update, focussed on recent discoveries of Brown...
Zespri roadshow presentation highlights early detection importance
9 March 2017
KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil, along with other KVH staff, presented at the Zespri roadshows last week.  
 
Barry provided a Psa update, focussed on recent discoveries of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the vigilance needed to ensure early detection.
 
He also touched on the risk of fruit flies and successful management of White Peach Scale risks.
 
We featured the BMSB in the last special edition of the Bulletin – read more here about why BMSB is a serious pest and recent interceptions by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
 
Grower News
23 February 2017
Are you biosecurity savvy?
23 February 2017
KVH were delighted to see how much the contestants in the Bay of Plenty Young Fruitgrower of the Year competition knew about biosecurity. Erin Atkinson from Apata was awarded the title at an industry...
Are you biosecurity savvy?
23 February 2017
KVH were delighted to see how much the contestants in the Bay of Plenty Young Fruitgrower of the Year competition knew about biosecurity. Erin Atkinson from Apata was awarded the title at an industry dinner on February 15. Competitors faced various tasks, including a biosecurity quiz which they completed with an impressive 80 percent average. We’ve truncated the questions to create a quick five-minute quiz for those of you who want to pit your knowledge against the young fruitgrowers coming up through the industry. Answers are at the end of the bulletin. Good luck!
  1. What is the name of the Government Department / Ministry responsible for New Zealand biosecurity?
  2. What is the name of the Minister in charge of biosecurity for New Zealand?
  3. KVH and NZ Avocado are both GIA signatories.  What does GIA stand for and what is it about?
  4. What should you do if you observe plants with unusual symptoms or see an organism that may be a new invasive pest on your orchard?
  5. In February 2015, there was a significant biosecurity incursion in Auckland – what was the name of the organism that caused this?
  6. What is the name of the organism pictured left and in what ways does it look different from other shield bugs?
  7. Cruise ship passengers have been a recent focus of biosecurity efforts. What is the main biosecurity concern associated with this risk pathway?
  8. Last year a new strategy or direction statement was released for Biosecurity in New Zealand. What is the name of this and name one of the five key strategic directions included in this? 
 
Grower News
23 February 2017
Reminder: notify your packhouse
23 February 2017
If your orchard has tested positive for resistance to Psa control products, please remember to alert your packhouse so appropriate hygiene measures can be put in place. KVH are not able to notify...
Reminder: notify your packhouse
23 February 2017
If your orchard has tested positive for resistance to Psa control products, please remember to alert your packhouse so appropriate hygiene measures can be put in place. KVH are not able to notify post-harvest operators of KPINs which have returned a positive test result - your fellow growers rely on you to do so.
Grower News
23 February 2017
Control moth plant before the pods form
23 February 2017
Now is the time to destroy any missed moth plant vines, while they are clearly visible and flowering, and before the pods form or mature.  Moth plant is a South American vine; invasive in New...
Control moth plant before the pods form
23 February 2017
Now is the time to destroy any missed moth plant vines, while they are clearly visible and flowering, and before the pods form or mature.  Moth plant is a South American vine; invasive in New Zealand and unfortunately well-established in Northland, Auckland, Waikato and the coastal BOP. The large seed pods open over winter months to release hundreds of wind-blown seeds.
 
The simplest and most effective control method is to use a sharp spade and chip the vines out of the ground.  Mature moth plant vines are not easy to kill with herbicide: cut the vine to within 20 cm of ground level and apply one part glyphosate to 5 parts water, plus a sticker such as Pulse, to the vine base.
 
Moth plant harbours passion vine hopper, slows down orchard shelter trimmers and is a poisonous plant. The sap can cause severe dermatitis, so wear gloves, protective clothing and consider eye protection.
 
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