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Grower News
22 February 2018
Are you a biosecurity quizmaster?
22 February 2018
KVH was a proud supporter of the 2018 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition which was held in conjunction with the Te Puke A&P show last Saturday. KVH provided a biosecurity quiz to the...
Are you a biosecurity quizmaster?
22 February 2018

KVH was a proud supporter of the 2018 Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition which was held in conjunction with the Te Puke A&P show last Saturday.

KVH provided a biosecurity quiz to the six competitors – congratulations to Danni van der Heijden for winning the quiz and for achieving overall winner for Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the Year.


This is an abbreviated form of the questions put to the competitors, who delighted us with their biosecurity knowledge by scoring an average of 85%. How does your biosecurity knowledge compare? Do you know your soldier bugs from your stink bugs? Got a good handle on Government Ministers and recent responses across the country? Test yourself before checking the answers at the end of this page. Good luck!

1.      Who is the current Minister for Biosecurity and can you name the Government department responsible for biosecurity?

2.      Can you name a significant biosecurity response that has taken place in New Zealand within the past five years?

3.      What is one valuable lesson we can take from the response to Psa so that we are better prepared for the impacts of future incursions?

4.      Imagine you have come back from overseas and when you get home you open your bag to find fruit that you forgot to declare at the border. What should you do?

5.      Name three biosecurity significant threats to kiwifruit that are not present in New Zealand.

6.     Why is it important for growers to keep records of where they have sourced their plants from?

7.      Name two other practices growers can implement to reduce the risk of biosecurity threats.

8.      Name a biosecurity incursion in Australia that has been in the news lately.

9.      What is the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) 0800 number for reporting unusual symptoms or invasive pests?

10.  One of the shield bugs below is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The others are species commonly foind in New Zealand. Which one is the BMSB? How can you tell?

 

Find the answers here

Grower News
22 February 2018
Quiz answers
22 February 2018
Here are the answers to the biosecurity quiz: 1.      Damien O’Connor and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), or the recently accounced Biosecurity New...
Quiz answers
22 February 2018

Here are the answers to the biosecurity quiz:

1.      Damien O’Connor and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), or the recently accounced Biosecurity New Zealand.

2.      A number of incursions including but not limited to Myrtle rust; Mycoplasma bovis affecting the dairy industry; Queensland Fruit Fly incursion in Auckland; Velvetleaf, pea weevil, Bonamia ostraeae in oysters. 

3.     Contestants were awarded a mark for displaying awareness of lessons from Psa, which are wide but include develop response/action plans in advance; be aware of biosecurity threats from other countries and learn from how they have responsed to outbreaks; value of industry working closely with government and pre-agreeing roles, responsbilities and costs during an incursion; have controls/measures in place for the import of produce and plant material; carefully manage/restrict high-risk imports; everyone is a biosecurity risk manager and has a part to play; keep good records for tracing; value of industry working with stakeholders such as banks to ensure continued industry support; importance of research and development and breeding programmes.

4.     If you, or anyone you know, has accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand make sure it is reported to MPI and then appropriately destroyed (bagged and put in the rubbish is the best way, not composted). MPI would provide guidance about what to do next, so reporting is the key behaviour we are looking for here.

5.     Kiwifruit has a long list of potential threats that contestants could have chosen from, however the most common correct answers include Fruit flies; Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB); White Peach Scale; Brazilian Wilt/Ceratocystis fimbriata; Verticillium Wilt, Invasive Phytophthora, Psa-non New Zealand strains.

6.     So that traceability back to source can take place in the event of an incursion; to avoid spread of unwanted pests between orchards and regions.

7.     Restrict and track access to the orchard; clean everything that comes across the orchard/property boundary; have clear agreements with contractors about what must happen on site; undertake regular monitoring; report the unusual; keep orchards free from weeds/rubbish which could host unwanted pests; keep up-to-date with information about current/seasonal threats and share that information with others.  

8.     Contestants had to name the incursion but also the state or city where this was occuring. Most named the high risk incurions that have been profiled in our Bulletin newsletter including Queensland Fruit Fly (Adelaide, Tasmania, Western Australia) and Mediterranian Fruit Fly (Adelaide), but other incursions were also accepted.

9.     0800 80 99 66 – the MPI exotic pest and disease hotliine.

10.  First on the left is the BMSB. It’s bigger than similar bugs already found in New Zealand, has striped antennae and striped bands on the abdomen.

 

Grower News
8 February 2018
Unusual symptoms made simple
8 February 2018
When information about unusual symptoms is reported to KVH (by growers, contractors, packhouse staff and others visiting orchards) it is then looked into to be sure that any biosecurity risk is...
Unusual symptoms made simple
8 February 2018

When information about unusual symptoms is reported to KVH (by growers, contractors, packhouse staff and others visiting orchards) it is then looked into to be sure that any biosecurity risk is identified, managed and the growers involved are well supported if any further action needs to be taken.

KVH prepares full reports on every investigation which you can now read about on our website using our handy and simple table that outlines unusual symptoms that have been seen on kiwifruit orchards and includes photos.

This information is provided to help growers, and others in the kiwifruit industry, identify similar symptoms they may be seeing on their own properties and to increase general awareness of how growers need to be reporting unusual symptoms that they may be seeing.

Grower News
8 February 2018
Keep the reports coming
8 February 2018
KVH often receives phone calls and emails from growers, packhouses, and members of the public who think they may have found a pest or bug from our most unwanted list. Although the finds often turn...
Keep the reports coming
8 February 2018

KVH often receives phone calls and emails from growers, packhouses, and members of the public who think they may have found a pest or bug from our most unwanted list. Although the finds often turn out to be native, the reports are a good thing and show that as an industry we’re on the lookout for biosecurity risk.

The message is the same for growers, contractors and anyone else on-orchard: stay vigilant, be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Please take a photo (very rarely will we need to see the actual specimen) of what you find and send it to us at info@kvh.org.nz so we can have a look at it for you.

Don’t be afraid to report any suspect finds. Early detection is key to eradication and the sooner you alert us the more we can do to help.

We’re at the height of the risk-period for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and fruit flies. Be especially aware of any larvae in fruit. Read more about latest interceptions on the KVH website.

Grower News
8 February 2018
Support our talented young horticulturalists
8 February 2018
Head along to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend and support the young horticulturalists vying for the title. The six competitors –...
Support our talented young horticulturalists
8 February 2018

Head along to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend and support the young horticulturalists vying for the title.

The six competitors – known for their passion for the industry and exciting futures – will battle it out in a series of theoretical and practical horticultural activities during the full day event, including a biosecurity round run by KVH. The competition culminates with a speech contest at the gala dinner and awards ceremony the following Thursday night.

Learn more about the competitors here.

KVH will also be at the A&P Show to answer any questions you may have about the work we’re doing to keep unwanted pests and diseases from establishing within our kiwifruit orchards and communities. 

Grower News
14 December 2017
Keep your Bulletin subscription up-to-date
14 December 2017
We’ve had quite a few growers contact us recently to let us know their new email addresses because of the changes to the Vodafone mail servers. To make sure you keep receiving the Bulletin...
Keep your Bulletin subscription up-to-date
14 December 2017

We’ve had quite a few growers contact us recently to let us know their new email addresses because of the changes to the Vodafone mail servers. To make sure you keep receiving the Bulletin directly to your mailbox every fortnight, click the ‘update preferences’ link at the top of the Bulletin emailed to you and save your changes.

Alternatively, feel free to email KVH and we’ll update your records for you.

 

Grower News
30 November 2017
Grower presentation: keeping our border secure
30 November 2017
What’s happening at the border? Are we doing everything we can to keep unwanted pests and diseases out of the country? Growers are invited to attend a KVH-hosted presentation by Ministry for...
Grower presentation: keeping our border secure
30 November 2017

What’s happening at the border? Are we doing everything we can to keep unwanted pests and diseases out of the country?

Growers are invited to attend a KVH-hosted presentation by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Clearance Director Steve Gilbert, who will be discussing initiatives underway to ensure New Zealand’s border space keeps up with the ever changing - and increasing – biosecurity risks we face.

Steve will talk about how MPI’s border surveillance systems work and provide updates about the trends being seen in the passenger, mail, and cargo pathways of entry to New Zealand.

This presentation will also give growers an opportunity to learn more about MPI’s national strategic direction for biosecurity, and how the kiwifruit industry is involved through KVH initiatives such as incursion exercises; research projects; and events like the recent Biosecurity Week at the Port of Tauranga.

Seats are limited and only a small number of places are available, which will be confirmed on a first in-first serve basis. Growers wishing to attend must register with KVH by next Wednesday.

What: Border presentation from Steve Gilbert, MPI
When: Wednesday 13 December 2017, 1.00pm – 1.45pm (before the separate KVH KiwiNet meeting begins)
Where: Classic Flyers, 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui
RSVP: Email KVH by Wednesday 6 December

 

Grower News
30 November 2017
Hill Laboratories have moved
30 November 2017
Hill labs have moved from their four Hamilton sites onto a single site. This move has been a significant investment in the future of the business, which Hills says will also bring more efficiencies...
Hill Laboratories have moved
30 November 2017

Hill labs have moved from their four Hamilton sites onto a single site. This move has been a significant investment in the future of the business, which Hills says will also bring more efficiencies for growers.

Psa samples should now be sent directly to the new lab at 28 Duke Street, Frankton, Hamilton, 3204.

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for samples arriving in the lab will be Friday 15 December 2017. Testing will resume Monday 8 January 2018.

Only KVH pre-arranged testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 18 December and 5 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. South Island).
 

Grower News
19 October 2017
Your favourites in one place
19 October 2017
There’s an area of the website for growers that makes it easier and quicker to find useful information. Under the ‘Growers’ tab there is a section called ‘Grower...
Your favourites in one place
19 October 2017

There’s an area of the website for growers that makes it easier and quicker to find useful information.

Under the ‘Growers’ tab there is a section called ‘Grower resources’ where we list quick links to the most viewed and topical documents, videos and news items on the KVH site. Growers can go to this resource page instead of having to search across different website pages and sections to find items of interest.

The page is regularly updated to provide growers with current information.

Grower News
5 October 2017
Zespri OPC spring field days
5 October 2017
Zespri’s OPC team will be holding spring field days through October in all growing regions. Click here for timings of a field day near you and take the opportunity to talk with other growers...
Zespri OPC spring field days
5 October 2017

Zespri’s OPC team will be holding spring field days through October in all growing regions. Click here for timings of a field day near you and take the opportunity to talk with other growers about orchard management plans for this spring.

Grower News
5 October 2017
Video: world expert helps kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
5 October 2017
Last month KVH and Zespri hosted international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) expert, Dr Tracey Leskey, to refine our approach for managing the pest should it manage to establish in New...
Video: world expert helps kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
5 October 2017

Last month KVH and Zespri hosted international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) expert, Dr Tracey Leskey, to refine our approach for managing the pest should it manage to establish in New Zealand.

During her visit, Dr Leskey presented to kiwifruit growers at The Orchard Church in Te Puke and a new video of her presentation can be viewed
here.

The entomologist and researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) discussed BMSB with around 100 people who attended the meeting to learn more about the unwanted pests impacts on horticulture, post-harvest facilities, and residential areas in the USA.

Grower News
5 October 2017
Orchard signage: keep it current
5 October 2017
Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up-to-date. Orchard visitors,...
Orchard signage: keep it current
5 October 2017

Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up-to-date.

Orchard visitors, harvest staff, and contractors need to know and follow your hygiene requirements.

KVH has produced new signage highlighting the need for visitors to make contact before entering and the biosecurity risk posed by plant, vehicle and people movements. If you would like new signs, they are available free of charge from your local packhouse and from KVH staff at Zespri OPC spring field days.

You are also welcome to pop into the KVH office in Mount Maunganui to collect a sign.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

Suite 3, Level 1, Customhouse Building
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