Search Site

Newsroom

Print these articles
Protocols & Movement Controls
20 September 2018
Mandatory monitoring underway
20 September 2018
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 Monday 15...
Mandatory monitoring underway
20 September 2018

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 Monday 15 October, with results due to KVH by Wednesday 31 October. To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available here.

Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form. If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required.

Protocols & Movement Controls
6 September 2018
Mandatory orchard monitoring
6 September 2018
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,...
Mandatory orchard monitoring
6 September 2018

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. Monitoring is a critical component of establishing Psa-presence, location, and volume so that it can be managed.

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

Why is monitoring so important? Growers in Exclusion regions and with ‘Not Detected’ orchards need to monitor vines for Psa early, so we can act if anything is identified and protect the rest of their orchard as well as nearby growers.

Regular orchard monitoring enables growers to become familiar with their vines. It’s about learning what is usual, and what isn’t. Nine times out 10 when you see something odd it will be nothing, and that’s good, because it means that the one time it’s something of concern, we’re finding it. The sooner we learn about something unusual the more we can do to help.

KVH has developed ’Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted’ information and fact sheets, which are available on the KVH website. While these organisms are considered the greatest potential threats to the kiwifruit industry, the next incursion we face could be another damaging pest or disease not yet on our radar. Look out for plants displaying any unusual symptoms and pests not commonly seen or identifiable to monitoring staff.

Protocols & Movement Controls
12 July 2018
Changes to regional boundaries effective next Monday
12 July 2018
Following consultation with growers and nurseries and consideration of submissions, KVH is revoking all regional boundaries within the Recovery regions in the North Island, creating one region with...
Changes to regional boundaries effective next Monday
12 July 2018

Following consultation with growers and nurseries and consideration of submissions, KVH is revoking all regional boundaries within the Recovery regions in the North Island, creating one region with geographically separate locations. This change will be in place from Monday 16 July 2018 and updated documentation is available on the KVH website.

Thank you to the growers and nurseries who gave KVH their feedback during the consultation. Submissions were primarily in support of the proposal. Regional boundaries and classifications (based on the level of Psa infection) are important to protect areas with little or no Psa but did provide some inequities around plant material movements, especially between Recovery regions.

Following this change, there will also be an amendment in the description of nurseries under the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). Those nurseries currently fully certified will continue to be described as producing KPCS Full Certification plants. However, those nurseries that currently hold Within Region certification will now be referred to as producing KPCS Restricted Certification plants. There will be a two-week implementation period for nurseries to transition to any new branding.


The KPCS itself is to be reviewed, with a view to aligning biosecurity risk management policies for all plant material.  This will help ensure biosecurity resilience and robust plant movement traceability. KVH will keep growers and nurseries updated as the review progresses.

Protocols & Movement Controls
28 June 2018
Have a say on proposed changes to regional boundaries
28 June 2018
A reminder that KVH is seeking your views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions. Growing regions are...
Have a say on proposed changes to regional boundaries
28 June 2018

A reminder that KVH is seeking your views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions.

Growing regions are classified as Exclusion, Containment or Recovery, based on their level of Psa infection. Current regional boundaries and classifications are important to protect areas with little or no Psa but have resulted in some inequities around plant material biosecurity risk management and movements, especially between Recovery regions.

KVH is consulting on removing within Recovery region boundaries to help remove these inequities in the short term. This will create one Recovery region, with separate geographic locations across the North Island. At the same time KVH is undertaking a review of the KPCS certification system, with a view to ensuring that robust risk management processes and traceability is occurring for all kiwifruit plant material movements.

Proposed changes are detailed in the
fact sheet and map available on the KVH website, and the consultation period closes midday Monday 2 July 2018. Any changes as a result of the consultation would come into effect from Monday 16 July 2018.

We encourage you to have a say and let us know how you would be affected by the proposed changes. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 June 2018
Changes to KVH regional boundaries
7 June 2018
KVH is seeking views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions. Growing regions are classified as...
Changes to KVH regional boundaries
7 June 2018

KVH is seeking views on proposed changes related to revoking and consolidating boundaries within Recovery regions in New Zealand kiwifruit growing regions.

Growing regions are classified as Exclusion, Containment or Recovery, based on their level of Psa infection. Current regional boundaries and classifications are important to protect areas with little or no Psa but provide some inequities around plant material biosecurity risk management and movements, especially between Recovery regions.

KVH is consulting with growers and the industry on removing within Recovery region boundaries to help remove these inequities in the short term. This will create one Recovery region, with separate geographic locations across the North Island.

The proposed changes are detailed in the below consultation paper and summarised in the fact sheet. KVH has also collated a set of questions and answers that will be added to as the consultation phase progresses. We encourage you to have a say and let us know how you would be affected by the proposed changes.  Based on the feedback we receive we would decide whether we immediately amend the current boundaries, or not.

The consultation period closes midday Monday 2 July 2018. Any changes as a result of the consultation would come into effect from Monday 16 July 2018.

Please don’t hesitate to contact any of the KVH team to provide feedback or clarify any aspect of the proposal. KVH can be contacted by email at info@kvh.org.nz or by phone at 0800 665 825.

Changes to KVH regional boundaries documents:

·         Consultation paper (including map of proposed new North Island Recovery region)

·         Fact sheet

·         Submission template form

·         Frequently asked questions and answers

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 May 2018
Moving budwood
3 May 2018
Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly those cutting over to new licences and those with new plantings. As budwood poses the highest risk...
Moving budwood
3 May 2018

Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly those cutting over to new licences and those with new plantings.

As budwood poses the highest risk of disease transfer, please remember:

·       Use the cleanest source of budwood, from your own orchard where possible.

·       Budwood suppliers must be registered with KVH and supply a copy of their Psa-V Risk Management Plan.

·       Growers must only obtain budwood from a KVH-registered supplier.

·       Budwood movement must comply with the controls outlined in the KVH Protocol: Budwood.

·       Movement of Gold3 budwood also requires Zespri authorisation.

·       Budwood movements from Psa positive orchards to other Psa positive orchards are only allowed between properties owned by the same legal entity within the same Psa region (defined on KVH website maps). Outside of this, KVH authorisation may be sought if there are no other suitable options for the grower. Contact KVH for permission in these circumstances.

·       Budwood collection areas are to be sprayed with copper within four weeks of collection.

·       Maintain tool hygiene and sanitisation.

·       Records of budwood supplied and received must be maintained and kept with grower GAP records.

If you are unsure of the movement controls or have any queries, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

Protocols & Movement Controls
5 April 2018
North-West Auckland now a Psa Recovery region
5 April 2018
Following the identification of additional Psa positive orchards and a grower meeting to discuss regional classification, North-West Auckland has moved from a Containment region to a Recovery region...
North-West Auckland now a Psa Recovery region
5 April 2018

Following the identification of additional Psa positive orchards and a grower meeting to discuss regional classification, North-West Auckland has moved from a Containment region to a Recovery region under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP).

The change, which came into effect from 1 April 2018, was approved by the KVH Board at their March meeting.

All New Zealand kiwifruit-growing regions are classified as Exclusion, Containment or Recovery, based on the level of Psa infection.  A Recovery region is a region already widespread with the disease.

More information on regional classifications, including maps, is available on the KVH website.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
5 April 2018
Reminder to order nursery plants in advance
5 April 2018
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
5 April 2018

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 kiwifruit growing 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.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
5 April 2018
Movement of mature plants
5 April 2018
KVH is aware that some growers wish to move mature kiwifruit vines. The movement of plant material is considered a high-risk pathway for the transmission of unwanted organisms and therefore it is...
Movement of mature plants
5 April 2018

KVH is aware that some growers wish to move mature kiwifruit vines. The movement of plant material is considered a high-risk pathway for the transmission of unwanted organisms and therefore it is important that any such movements are given careful consideration and that appropriate measures are implemented to mitigate risk.

Please contact KVH well in advance if you wish to move any mature kiwifruit vines between properties. Contact must be made during the active growth period before the plants needs to move.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
22 February 2018
Port-harvest biosecurity for packhouses
22 February 2018
The post-harvest protocols have been updated for 2018 and are now available on the KVH website. Minor changes have been made to the requirements for movement of reject fruit in and between Recovery...
Port-harvest biosecurity for packhouses
22 February 2018

The post-harvest protocols have been updated for 2018 and are now available on the KVH website. Minor changes have been made to the requirements for movement of reject fruit in and between Recovery regions.

Post-harvest Biosecurity Risk Management Plans must be signed off before harvest commences this season. The plans must be submitted to KVH by next Wednesday 28 February 2018. Please email these to karyn.lowry@kvh.org.nz.

All bins in all regions must be clear of plant material and sanitised pre-season and between orchards. For sanitiser options refer to the KVH information sheet.

There are additional requirements for postharvest operators moving bins between regions. Refer to the KVH protocol for more information.  KVH inspections still apply to those moving harvest bins into Whangarei and North West Auckland regions.

Protocols & Movement Controls
16 November 2017
Insight from latest monitoring rounds
16 November 2017
As a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions are required to monitor their orchards and report their results to KVH by 31...
Insight from latest monitoring rounds
16 November 2017

As a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions are required to monitor their orchards and report their results to KVH by 31 October.

KVH has so far received about 50% of these results. If your orchard is Not Detected and you have not monitored or reported please do so ASAP using the online form (or by phoning KVH) to ensure you are compliant. View reporting results by region here.

The value of monitoring was highlighted recently when KVH completed monitoring rounds in Whangarei and North-West Auckland, where a further positive result was identified.

Symptoms were leaf spotting and flower bud browning on several male vines in a Hayward orchard – see article photo.

As there is Psa inoculum around, growers in this region are advised to carefully check their orchards for symptoms and contact their post-harvest representative or KVH to have samples taken if they see anything suspicious.

KVH staff monitored orchards surrounding and including the two positive orchards In Whangarei. Several samples were taken from orchards during this monitoring round but no new Psa positive sites were identified.

Growers in this region have had four rounds of monitoring to complete over the high-risk Spring period. The last round is due to be submitted to KVH by Friday 1 December.

Protocols & Movement Controls
5 October 2017
Mandatory monitoring reminder
5 October 2017
A final reminder that growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring before next Sunday, 15...
Mandatory monitoring reminder
5 October 2017

A final reminder that growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring before next Sunday, 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 (tomorrow) 
- 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.

Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next>>

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