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Protocols & Movement Controls
18 May 2017
Good hygiene protocols important for biosecurity
18 May 2017
Last Friday afternoon the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) announced that a legal notice has been issued which makes it mandatory for...
Good hygiene protocols important for biosecurity
18 May 2017

Last Friday afternoon the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) announced that a legal notice has been issued which makes it mandatory for nurseries, retailers, and plant transporters to comply with NZPPI Myrtle Rust Risk Management Protocols.

In short, the notice requires that hygiene, containment and management protocols are followed to increase the chances of early detection and lower the possibility of any further spread of myrtle rust.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit vines this is an important and timely reminder for all growers that good hygiene practices should always be followed to help manage biosecurity threats.

Unwanted pests and diseases are easily spread through infected plant material and unclean machinery, tools, people and vehicles. Good hygiene practices are essential to help prevent their spread between vines, orchards and regions.

KVH hygiene recommendations are available in detail online. They key points are:

• Check and clean tools, vehicles, machinery, people and clothing.
• Ensure everything that comes on to your property is free from soil and plant material.
• Sanitise highest risk items and wash down dirty areas.
• Share information about biosecurity measures with your staff and contractors.

Myrtle rust could affect any native or exotic myrtle plants on your property – like feijoa or guava plants for example. Before harvest check these plants for any symptoms of the disease. You can read more about myrtle rust on the KVH website or visit the NZPPI website to view a complete list of all native and exotic myrtle plants in New Zealand.

If you see any of symptoms of myrtle rust or anything else unusual, call the MPI exotic pests and diseases hotline on 0800 80 99 66. Take a photo but don't attempt to touch or collect samples of myrtle rust as this may increase spread of the disease. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
8 September 2016
Correct disposal of plant material
8 September 2016
Reports of kiwifruit trunks being dumped in gullies and roadsides following cut out for winter grafting is concerning.   Trunks are a risk item capable of spreading Psa or exacerbating wild...
Correct disposal of plant material
8 September 2016
Reports of kiwifruit trunks being dumped in gullies and roadsides following cut out for winter grafting is concerning.
 
Trunks are a risk item capable of spreading Psa or exacerbating wild kiwifruit infestations, as they are capable of taking root and growing if dumped in a damp place. 
 
Growers must ensure all kiwifruit plant material is removed and disposed of according to KVH Protocol: Disposal Options, i.e. controlled burial, burning or mulching on site.  If dumped vines regrow and result in wild kiwifruit, growers will have to pay for the cost of control.
Protocols & Movement Controls
28 July 2016
NPMP review - final document on website
28 July 2016
KVH has completed its internal, non-statutory review of the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) and the final document is available on the KVH website here.    KVH carried out...
NPMP review - final document on website
28 July 2016
KVH has completed its internal, non-statutory review of the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) and the final document is available on the KVH website here
 
KVH carried out consultation and met with growers and postharvest for their feedback throughout July. Specific matters raised during the consultation, and the Board’s response to these, are included in the final review document.
Protocols & Movement Controls
28 July 2016
Two new nurseries join the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS)
28 July 2016
Ohaeawai Nursery in Mangawhai and Harts Hideaway Nursery in Katikati are the latest nurseries to join the KPCS and are now selling certified kiwifruit plants.    By joining the KPCS,...
Two new nurseries join the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS)
28 July 2016
Ohaeawai Nursery in Mangawhai and Harts Hideaway Nursery in Katikati are the latest nurseries to join the KPCS and are now selling certified kiwifruit plants. 
 
By joining the KPCS, these nurseries demonstrate they are managing biosecurity risks, have been independently audited, visually inspected for target organisms and returned a non-detected result for a very comprehensive testing regime for Psa-V.
 
From 1 October 2016 the KPCS becomes fully implemented, meaning all nurseries must be part of the Scheme to be able to sell kiwifruit plants. 
Click here for a list of nurseries and their status.
 
Protocols & Movement Controls
19 July 2016
KVH Board approves new Far North exclusion region
19 July 2016
The KVH Board has approved a new ‘Far North’ exclusion region, under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP).   This is the first new region to be established since...
KVH Board approves new Far North exclusion region
19 July 2016
The KVH Board has approved a new ‘Far North’ exclusion region, under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP).
 
This is the first new region to be established since finalising the ‘Establishment of New Exclusion Regions Policy’. 
 
The new policy was developed following the internal review of the NPMP which identified the opportunity to protect new areas outside of existing growing regions through controlling the movement of high risk items to these sites. 
 
These include any new regions growing commercial fruit for export and any new sites remote from kiwifruit regions selected for production of disease-free plant material (e.g. pollen, budwood, young plants) for export and/or domestic supply.
 
A ‘Far North’ region was requested by an industry body operating in this area. The new region extends from Ahipara on the West coast across to Taipa in on the East coast and up to Cape Reinga.
 
Protocols & Movement Controls
14 July 2016
New Far North exclusion region proposed
14 July 2016
The KVH Board will consider a proposal to establish a new ‘Far North’ exclusion region under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) when they meet next week.   This is the...
New Far North exclusion region proposed
14 July 2016
The KVH Board will consider a proposal to establish a new ‘Far North’ exclusion region under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) when they meet next week.
 
This is the first such proposal following the finalisation of a new ‘Establishment of New Exclusion Regions Policy’ at the Board’s June meeting. Click here for the new policy.
 
This proposal was requested by an industry body operating in the far north area and follows consultation with local interested parties. The proposed new region would extend from Ahipara on the West coast across to Taipa in on the East coast and up to Cape Reinga.
 
If you have any concerns regarding the establishment of the region, please contact KVH by Monday 18 July on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.
 
Protocols & Movement Controls
14 July 2016
Annual operational plan for NPMP submitted to Minister
14 July 2016
The 2016/17 Operational Plan for the National Psa-V Pest Management (NPMP) was approved by the KVH Board, and sent to the Minister for Primary Industries on Tuesday 5 July 2016.   Further to...
Annual operational plan for NPMP submitted to Minister
14 July 2016
The 2016/17 Operational Plan for the National Psa-V Pest Management (NPMP) was approved by the KVH Board, and sent to the Minister for Primary Industries on Tuesday 5 July 2016.
 
Further to KVH’s Bulletin item on 16 June, KVH reviews the Operational Plan annually and submits it to the Minister who checks it for consistency with the NPMP itself, and is able to disallow all or parts of it should there be inconsistencies. This annual review is a requirement under the Biosecurity Act. 
 
Click here to view the 2016/17 Operational Plan.
Protocols & Movement Controls
16 June 2016
Draft NPMP Operational Plan for 2016/17
16 June 2016
KVH prepares an Operational Plan for the NPMP on an annual basis. This sets out how the NPMP will be implemented over the year ahead. It includes the KVH Board’s NPMP strategy, policies that...
Draft NPMP Operational Plan for 2016/17
16 June 2016

KVH prepares an Operational Plan for the NPMP on an annual basis. This sets out how the NPMP will be implemented over the year ahead. It includes the KVH Board’s NPMP strategy, policies that guide how KVH will make decisions, the approach KVH will apply to achieve the NPMP objectives and budget and performance measures against which outcomes can be judged. 

KVH must submit the Operational Plan to the Minister for Primary Industries, who checks it for consistency with the NPMP and is able to disallow all or parts of it should there be inconsistencies.  

This year there are minimal changes as the review mentioned above has not been completed. The four key points that have changed are:

1. Updating the introduction and aligning this with a shift in focus toward 'preventing spread of new Psa-V biovars that are more likely to be a problem than the original strain of Psa-V biovar 3'

2. Addition of a new policy on ‘Establishment of new exclusion regions’

3. Updating annual mandatory monitoring requirements. These are:

  • All non-detected orchards, regardless of region, continue to monitor for Psa-V in the high-risk spring period. 
  • KVH will organise independent monitoring of exclusion and containment regions with limited infection.

4. Updating and streamlining R&D content to reflect a new programme structure

Click here for the draft 2016/17 Operational Plan.

Grower feedback welcome before Wednesday 29 June at 5pm. Email feedback to info@kvh.org.nz 

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
16 June 2016
National Psa-V Pest Management Plan - internal review
16 June 2016
May 2016 marked three years since the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) was first implemented and as a result, KVH has undertaken an internal non-statutory review of the...
National Psa-V Pest Management Plan - internal review
16 June 2016
May 2016 marked three years since the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) was first implemented and as a result, KVH has undertaken an internal non-statutory review of the Plan. 
 
The review was to firstly test if the NPMP was still needed, and then focus on ensuring it remains effective and identifying improvements to align with ongoing Psa control challenges.
 
The KVH Board has confirmed the need to continue with a comprehensive plan to combat the ongoing impacts of Psa, particularly since the bacteria is rapidly evolving and starting to show signs of product resistance.
 
Key areas were identified for improvement in the review process. Click here for a summary of these. 
 
These components and others will be presented to industry in July through a series of meetings with postharvest and Zespri for feedback/input before the review is finalised.  The objective is to complete the Board review in July, and present it to members at the KVH AGM on 31 August 2016. Growers are welcome to give feedback.
 
Protocols & Movement Controls
2 June 2016
Forevergreen Seedlings joins KPCS
2 June 2016
Forevergreen Seedlings has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) and is the third nursery selling KPCS-certified plants in the Tauranga region. Forevergreen sells containerised...
Forevergreen Seedlings joins KPCS
2 June 2016

Forevergreen Seedlings has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) and is the third nursery selling KPCS-certified plants in the Tauranga region. Forevergreen sells containerised plants grown undercover and is located in Te Puna.

Nine nurseries have now joined the KPCS and are supplying certified plants, demonstrating they are managing biosecurity risks, have been independently audited, visually inspected for target organisms and returned a non-detected result for a very comprehensive testing regime for Psa-V.

Three other nurseries are in the final stages of becoming part of the Scheme. Click here for a list of nurseries and their status.

Nurseries cannot produce plants they may not have a market for. Therefore, growers are reminded to place their orders at least a year in advance, as many nurseries have sold out this year. If you are having difficulty in sourcing plants please contact KVH on 0800 665 825.

KVH movement controls apply to all plant movements. See KVH Protocol: Nursery Stock.

Protocols & Movement Controls
19 May 2016
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
19 May 2016
Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July. Unpicked fruit can greatly exacerbate the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native...
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
19 May 2016

Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July.

Unpicked fruit can greatly exacerbate the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native bush or exotic forestry, as fruit ripening over winter months provides a food source for birds such as white-eyes. 

Birds spread the seed through their droppings, together with a small fertiliser package, and a proportion of this seed can readily germinate. 

Between 2002 and 2012 contractors controlled an average of 11,000 wild vines per year in the Bay of Plenty region.

Unmanaged kiwifruit vines, including those with unpicked fruit, may also be a potential host for plant disease organisms.

There may be an increased amount of unharvested kiwifruit this season if fruit fails to meet industry export standards.

Unpicked fruit needs to be dropped to the ground and mulched.

Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July each year.  After this date KVH will follow-up reports of orchards with unpicked fruit with the orchard owners and post-harvest companies.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
5 May 2016
More nursery options for sourcing certified plants
5 May 2016
The kiwifruit industry now has two new nursery options to choose from when purchasing certified plants under the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).   Niwa Nursery, located in...
More nursery options for sourcing certified plants
5 May 2016
The kiwifruit industry now has two new nursery options to choose from when purchasing certified plants under the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).
 
Niwa Nursery, located in Whakatane, and Nga Rakau Nursery in North West Auckland, have recently joined the KPCS and are now selling KPCS-certified plants. Nga Rakau nursery sells only the smaller ‘grow-on-line’ plants which are too small to be planted out directly and are usually purchased by other nurseries to grow on. Niwa Nursery sells field grown Bruno rootstock ready for planting.
 
By joining the KPCS, these nurseries demonstrate they are managing biosecurity risks, have been independently audited, visually inspected for target organisms and returned a non-detected result for a very comprehensive testing regime for Psa-V.
 
Eight nurseries have now joined the KPCS and are supplying certified plants and two others are in the final stages of becoming part of the Scheme. Click here for a list of nurseries and their status.
 
Please be reminded that on 1 October 2016 the KPCS will be fully implemented. This means only KPCS certified kiwifruit plants may be bought or sold after this date. However, growers will still be able to produce up to 1000 kiwifruit plants for movement between their own properties within the same Psa-V region.
 
Growers should be ordering kiwifruit plants well in advance (at least one year) to enable nurseries to anticipate demand. Click here for a grower fact sheet on the KPCS.
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