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:
4. Updating and streamlining R&D content to reflect a new programme structure
Click here for the draft 2016/17 Operational Plan.
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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.
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.
Kiwifruit trunks make great firewood, but growers and orchard managers are reminded of movement control rules for all kiwifruit plant material moving off an orchard. This includes kiwifruit trunks used as firewood.
KVH permission is required if kiwifruit firewood is moved from a Psa-V positive orchard. The only circumstance under which a permission may be given is if the firewood is moved to a location within the same Recovery region. The firewood must be covered in transit.
Moving kiwifruit firewood from a Psa-V positive orchard to a location in a different region, is prohibited. The reason for this rule is to restrict movement of kiwifruit plant material across regions and reduce the risk of resistant bacteria or other pathogens or pests being moved significant distances. KVH wants consistency in managing risk associated with the movement of all plant material.
The KVH Protocol for movement of kiwifruit firewood can be viewed here.
The rule of thumb is to dispose of all kiwifruit plant material on the property of origin using approved disposal methods. These include mulching, burial or burning. Further information can be found in the KVH Protocol for disposal methods, which can be viewed here.
Do not throw the trunks over a bank as they are likely to regrow and cost the landowner to control as wild kiwifruit.