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Biosecurity News
20 September 2018
MPI to get tough on stink bug ships
20 September 2018
With the support of KVH, biosecurity officials at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are promising to take tough action against cargo vessels believed to be infested with the Brown Marmorated...
MPI to get tough on stink bug ships
20 September 2018

With the support of KVH, biosecurity officials at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are promising to take tough action against cargo vessels believed to be infested with the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) during the upcoming risk season.

If an arriving ship is infested with stink bug it will be prevented from discharging its cargo and directed to leave New Zealand. There is a very low threshold for determining contamination – MPI says if a single bug is found they will thoroughly investigate whether the entire vessel is contaminated. 

As with previous stink bug seasons, there will also be increased surveillance and inspection of arriving vessels and cargo from countries with established stink bug populations. Read more about what’s being done to manage the BMSB risk, detailed in the last KVH Bulletin here.

Biosecurity News
20 September 2018
Travelling overseas these school holidays?
20 September 2018
Kiwifruit growers travelling during the school break (starting next Friday 28 September) may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because Quarantine Officers...
Travelling overseas these school holidays?
20 September 2018

Kiwifruit growers travelling during the school break (starting next Friday 28 September) may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because Quarantine Officers consider occupation as part of their risk assessment, and growers could potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

Kiwifruit growers returning to New Zealand should:

  • Before packing, clean all risk items (e.g. shoes and equipment) that may have come into contact with any soil or plant material. Ideally use a sanitiser.
  • Declare any visits to an orchard or farm while overseas.
  • Declare or dispose of any risk goods on entry (e.g. food items).
  • Answer all questions honestly, even if it means a short delay getting through border clearance.

KVH has put together a useful one page fact sheet outlining everything growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home.

Biosecurity News
20 September 2018
Helping Boards respond to a biosecurity crisis
20 September 2018
Every Board must consider risk to their business, the impact it will have and how to mitigate it. But what happens when a risk has not been identified as significant and it hits? Biosecurity events...
Helping Boards respond to a biosecurity crisis
20 September 2018

Every Board must consider risk to their business, the impact it will have and how to mitigate it. But what happens when a risk has not been identified as significant and it hits? Biosecurity events have blindsided businesses over the years and the threats to our primary industries are increasing. These threats impact primary producers as well as their suppliers and customers.

How Boards can prepare for and react to crises of this nature was discussed last night at a Bay of Plenty Institute of Directors (IOD) panel event, specially put together to talk about biosecurity and why it is considered the number one risk to one of the largest sectors of our economy.

Facilitated by Graeme Marshall, Chairman of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee and KVH Director, the theme for the evening was around asking business leaders and Governance members in the room ‘do you know exactly how your business would respond to the next big biosecurity incursion and will you be able to make robust and quick decisions?’.

On the discussion panel was John Loughlin, who as Chairman of Zespri when Psa hit the kiwifruit industry (and now Chair of the Meat Industry Association dealing with Mycoplama bovis) said there are a broad range of potential biosecurity incursions and some are better understood than others, which is why preparation is key.

The same key point was echoed by Ian Proudfoot, Global Head of Agribusiness for KPMG New Zealand, who discussed his perspective on the huge potential for growth in agribusiness in this country and how that could be heavily affected by a biosecurity incursion if not appropriately managed.

Overall says Graeme, the audience had a practical lesson on good governance from leaders who have experienced major biosecurity incursions and know that it’s important to be ready from day one; to activate response or business continuity mechanisms immediately; and demonstrate leadership.

Read more about the IOD event and panel discussion here.

Biosecurity News
20 September 2018
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
20 September 2018
KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the 37th International Kiwifruit Organisation (IKO) meeting in France last week. Also attended by NZKGI and...
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
20 September 2018

KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the 37th International Kiwifruit Organisation (IKO) meeting in France last week.

Also attended by NZKGI and Zespri representatives, the annual meeting provides an opportunity for international counterparts from countries where kiwifruit is grown to share news and opportunities. Stu provided an update about progress in managing Psa in New Zealand, some information regarding copper resistance and our approach to managing other biosecurity risks.

As part of the trip, Stu witnessed first-hand the devastation that recent hail, frosts and flooding had caused and the large amounts of Psa that subsequently developed in some orchards following this. He also saw Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) at many sites. These pests are starting to be found in larger numbers on kiwifruit orchards in both the south of France and northern Italy, with associated fruit damage and fruit drop occurring. This was especially prevalent where orchards were close to soya or maize crops.

More information about these visits will be provided at the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day to be held Thursday 18 October, as part of Biosecurity Week.

Biosecurity News
6 September 2018
New seasonal wall chart
6 September 2018
The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2018-19 is out now and an A2 poster copy is included in your latest Kiwiflier (you can also download a copy from the KVH website or contact us if you’d...
New seasonal wall chart
6 September 2018

The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2018-19 is out now and an A2 poster copy is included in your latest Kiwiflier (you can also download a copy from the KVH website or contact us if you’d like extra copies sent to you). A key feature of the wall chart is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the upcoming seasons approved products for protection against Psa, their year-round application rates and permitted use periods.

Key changes to this season’s wall chart are:

·         Additional descriptive information about the size and length of leaves and shoots when applying products.

·         More emphasis on cultural management of Psa, including making information about products for sanitising tools and pruning more promintent.

Any changes or updates made to the chart and product list during the 2018/19 season will be made to the online versions and will be notified via the KVH Bulletin.

 

Biosecurity News
6 September 2018
Reporting Psa symptoms
6 September 2018
If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on your orchard report these to KVH on 0800 665 825. Growers can also contact their packhouse technical representative for advice and sample...
Reporting Psa symptoms
6 September 2018

If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on your orchard report these to KVH on 0800 665 825. Growers can also contact their packhouse technical representative for advice and sample collection if required. Hill Laboratories carry out routine Psa testing weekly on Wednesday only but can process samples urgently at KVH request.

KVH continues to pay for lab testing in Exclusion regions (Far North, Whangarei and South Island). Other testing may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

If suspicious symptoms are found, follow processes in the KVH Information sheet: Psa sample collection and testing.

Biosecurity News
6 September 2018
Our most unwanted pests
6 September 2018
Fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) are considered two of the biggest biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry and from September they are both in their highest-risk period for...
Our most unwanted pests
6 September 2018

Fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) are considered two of the biggest biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry and from September they are both in their highest-risk period for entry into New Zealand. A quick reminder of the damage these unwanted pests can do and what to look out for:

Fruit flies:

·        High likelihood of entry - has crossed our borders many times before.

·        Extended spread in Australia.

·        Severe market access restrictions, especially for Queensland Fruit Fly, which is not present in nearly all kiwifruit markets.

·        The high-risk season is now. Be on the lookout for the flies as well as the larvae in fruit.

BMSB:

·        High likelihood of entry – particularly in shipping containers, cars and machinery, and passenger luggage.

·        Significant production impacts for a wide range of crops.

·        Early detection needed because this pest is extremely difficult to eradicate. It’s also a major nuisance pest infesting homes.

For more information on these and other biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry, see the fact sheets and images on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
6 September 2018
Managing the BMSB risk
6 September 2018
Tighter import rules As mentioned in the last Bulletin, KVH continues to advocate strongly on behalf of the industry for strict biosecurity border controls which will make it harder for the Brown...
Managing the BMSB risk
6 September 2018

Tighter import rules

As mentioned in the last Bulletin, KVH continues to advocate strongly on behalf of the industry for strict biosecurity border controls which will make it harder for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) to make its way here.

There have been additional measures for the high-risk Vehicles, Machinery and Equipment Pathways introduced. The measures now target risk goods from 16 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungry, Italy, Liechtenstein, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland and the USA).  New measures have also been introduced for vehicles from Japan after the high number of interceptions on this pathway last season.

We are pleased that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has also announced mandatory treatments applied to all containers from Italy (introduced last year) will again be applied this high-risk season as well as during the 2019/2020 season. MPI have increased the duration of this treatment period so that it extends from September through until the end of April.

KVH applaud MPI’s efforts to introduce these measures and push the management of risk offshore resulting in much greater protection to our industry.

Research learnings

Professor Max Suckling from Plant and Food Research and the University of Auckland has published another video on his research in Italy, using novel non-chemical techniques to disrupt BMSB mating. This is a more technical video that can be viewed here.

i-Site displays

This summer KVH is stocking the Mount Maunganui and Cruise Terminal i-Sites with biosecurity flyers raising awareness about high-risk pest threats (mainly BMSB) potentially hitchhiking their way across our borders. The i-Sites double as ticketing offices are often the first point of call for visitors and cruise ship passengers wanting to know more about the region and plan their time here.

Biosecurity News
6 September 2018
Joining forces at workshop on biosecurity
6 September 2018
Last week KVH attended a biosecurity workshop in Edgecumbe, organised by Federated Farmers for agricultural contractors. A panel discussion was held to create dialogue on how biosecurity risks can be...
Joining forces at workshop on biosecurity
6 September 2018

Last week KVH attended a biosecurity workshop in Edgecumbe, organised by Federated Farmers for agricultural contractors. A panel discussion was held to create dialogue on how biosecurity risks can be managed on-farm with speakers from DairyNZ, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the Ministry for Primary Industries and KVH. Sharing knowledge between sectors was one of the key learnings from our Psa response and this was a great opportunity for an open conversation to learn from each other.

Biosecurity News
6 September 2018
Biosecurity buzz at roadshows
6 September 2018
KVH took part in the recent Zespri Grower Roadshows, meeting and speaking with growers about new developments and recent biosecurity activity we’ve been undertaking. Chief Executive Stu...
Biosecurity buzz at roadshows
6 September 2018

KVH took part in the recent Zespri Grower Roadshows, meeting and speaking with growers about new developments and recent biosecurity activity we’ve been undertaking.

Chief Executive Stu Hutchings presented at the roadshows on Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), a pest native to China that is now wreaking havoc in Pennsylvania, USA. KVH Board Member Simon Cook recently visited the state to learn more about their incursion – read more about what he saw, and the work being done by KVH and the Ministry for Primary Industries to better understand the potential threat SLF poses to our industry.   

Heading into the high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), Stu also shared with growers a video demonstrating the impacts of the bug on kiwifruit in Italy. The video helps us gain a better understanding of what Italian growers are facing and provides a practical on-orchard view of the severe damage BMSB can do. Watch the vide on the KVH YouTube channel here.

Biosecurity News
6 September 2018
GoldFutures project reviews
6 September 2018
South Auckland and Waikato growers involved in the GoldFutures project met this week to review data from year two of this four-year Psa research project. Tauranga, Te Puke and Edgecumbe growers...
GoldFutures project reviews
6 September 2018

South Auckland and Waikato growers involved in the GoldFutures project met this week to review data from year two of this four-year Psa research project. Tauranga, Te Puke and Edgecumbe growers similarly met in August to discuss their results and workshop orchard specific improvements for the 2019 season.

The GoldFutures project is led by Phillip Elmer and Stephen Hoyte from Plant and Food Research and includes 10 orchard pairs, all with challenging environmental conditions for Psa. Within each orchard pair, one site has historically shown fewer Psa impacts, and the project aims to better understand management practices that link to this result.

Year one results uncovered some sprayer performance issues, and noticeable differences in the numbers and timings of sprays applied within the orchard groupings. Orchards less affected by Psa had generally followed a more robust and better-timed spray programme and had more emphasis on tool hygiene. Second year results showed growers had adopted changes recommended from the previous year, and overall differences between “challenged” and “managed” blocks had decreased. Growers identified further refinements for the coming year with improved orchard shelter and drainage, overcoming the challenge of getting sprays applied to difficult wet blocks.

Research results are still being collated and will be presented through Kiwifruit Journal articles and via the KVH website when available.

Biosecurity News
6 September 2018
Sharing knowledge with international visitors
6 September 2018
Recently KVH hosted a group of Japanese visitors with connections to Zespri’s ZGL operation. The group included nurserymen looking to better understand the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, Psa...
Sharing knowledge with international visitors
6 September 2018

Recently KVH hosted a group of Japanese visitors with connections to Zespri’s ZGL operation. The group included nurserymen looking to better understand the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, Psa management strategies and with a particular interest in understanding the basis of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). These exchanges also help KVH share knowledge and insight around biosecurity pests that may be present in other countries growing kiwifruit.

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