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Protocols & Movement Controls
21 September 2017
Spring Psa spray programme
21 September 2017
As bud break in Gold3 is advanced in many regions, and Hayward bud break is upon us, growers are looking to protect new growth from Psa. It is important growers develop and implement protective...
Spring Psa spray programme
21 September 2017

As bud break in Gold3 is advanced in many regions, and Hayward bud break is upon us, growers are looking to protect new growth from Psa.

It is important growers develop and implement protective spray programmes that follow recommended best practice, including using recommended label rates and following product use conditions.

All growers looking to use bactericides should ensure they comply with the additional requirements associated with these products, including the completion of an Orchard Psa IPM Strategy (OPIS) "intent to spray" form and site inspection forms.

Further spray information details are also available on the KVH website.

Protocols & Movement Controls
21 September 2017
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
21 September 2017
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that this winter has...
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
21 September 2017

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that this winter has been very challenging with more wet weather than usual and that pruning and tying down is still being completed on some orchards. 

If an orchardist or orchard manager thinks they are unlikely to meet the 1 October timeframe, contact KVH so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Protocols & Movement Controls
21 September 2017
Mandatory monitoring underway
21 September 2017
All growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring between now and 15...
Mandatory monitoring underway
21 September 2017

All growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring between now and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October.

All growers in the Whangarei region (where a Controlled Area notice remains in place) are required to carry out additional monitoring and report their results on the following dates:

•    6 October
•    27 October
•    10 November
•    1 December

To assist growers, an
online monitoring form is available. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form.

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 September 2017
Psa mandatory monitoring
7 September 2017
All growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September...
Psa mandatory monitoring
7 September 2017

All growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October.

All growers in the Whangarei region (where a Controlled Area notice remains in place) are required to carry out additional monitoring and report their results on the following dates:

•    6 October
•    27 October
•    10 November
•    1 December

To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available on the KVH website here. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or if you require assistance to complete the online form.

Growers should discuss monitoring rounds with their post-harvest team to provide good information on which to plan Psa spray programmes through spring. It is important that orchards with ‘Not Detected’ status are also monitored by a team that is familiar with Psa symptoms. If Psa symptoms are found growers, or their pack-house Psa manager should notify KVH so records can be updated.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 September 2017
New nursery joins KPCS
7 September 2017
Jabula Nursery has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). The nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in...
New nursery joins KPCS
7 September 2017

Jabula Nursery has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).

The nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in the Waikato region.

KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries and only KPCS certified plants should be obtained. Visit the KVH website for a list of nurseries and their KPCS status
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
10 August 2017
Two more nurseries join KPCS
10 August 2017
Another two nurseries joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight. IJ & NZ McBride and Kiwicare Horticulture have both met the requirements to sell KPCS...
Two more nurseries join KPCS
10 August 2017

Another two nurseries joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight.

IJ & NZ McBride and Kiwicare Horticulture have both met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in the Te Puke region.

Two more nurseries are in progress for certification this year.

KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries and only KPCS certified plants should be obtained. Visit the KVH website for a list of nurseries and their KPCS status.

Protocols & Movement Controls
27 July 2017
Nurseries join KPCS
27 July 2017
KVH is pleased to announce that four nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight. Te Heriko Nursery at Te Kaha has met the requirements to sell...
Nurseries join KPCS
27 July 2017

KVH is pleased to announce that four nurseries have joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) within the last fortnight.

Te Heriko Nursery at Te Kaha has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to Opotiki growers.

Baygold Nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in the Te Puke region.

Norfolk Nursery has met the requirements to sell KPCS “within region” certified field grown plants to growers in the Gisborne region.

Eastbay Horticulture Ltd in Whakatane has met the requirements to sell KPCS “fully certified” plants to growers between regions in accordance with movement controls.

With these new additions to the scheme, a total of 19 nurseries throughout kiwifruit growing regions have met requirements to sell KPCS fully certified plants, and 18 nurseries have met the requirements to sell KPCS within region certified plants. Four more nurseries are in progress for certification this year.

Growers are reminded that KVH movement controls must be observed when ordering kiwifruit plants from nurseries and only KPCS certified plants should be obtained. Visit the KVH website for a list of nurseries and their KPCS status, and to find out more about requirements of the KPCS.

 
Protocols & Movement Controls
27 July 2017
Reminder to order nursery plants in advance
27 July 2017
When we visit nurseries as part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), we’re reminded of how important it is to nurseries that growers order their plants well in...
Reminder to order nursery plants in advance
27 July 2017

When we visit nurseries as part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), we’re reminded of how important it is to nurseries that growers order their plants well in advance.

Without a reliable estimate on anticipated demand for the next season, nurseries take a conservative approach to avoid getting left with unsold stock. Growers should order plants as far in advance as possible – preferably a year – to avoid any shortage in supply.

Additionally, growers must only purchase plants that are KVH certified. KVH movement controls must be observed. A list of nurseries and their KPCS status is available on the KVH website.

When it comes to ‘Grow for own use’ a reminder that growers may produce their own plants for use on the same property. There are no restrictions on these plants.

Growers may also produce up to 1,000 plants a year for movement between their own properties within the same KVH biosecurity region. These plants do not need to meet the requirements of the KPCS but any plants being moved between properties must meet some risk management requirements. Growers in this case must complete and submit to KVH a KVH Psa-V Risk Management Plan - Growing Rootstock for your own use. 

Please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 if you would like more information about the requirements.

* The image in this article is used with the permission of Te Heriko nursery.

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.
 
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