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11 June 2015
Budwood movement
11 June 2015
Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year. Please remember: All suppliers of budwood must be registered with KVH and supply a copy of their Psa-V...
Budwood movement
11 June 2015

Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year. Please remember:

  • All suppliers of budwood must be registered with KVH and supply a copy of their Psa-V Risk Management Plan – Budwood  www.kvh.org.nz/indgrafters
  • Growers receiving budwood must only obtain budwood from a KVH registered supplier. NB: Growers supplying Zespri with budwood for their budwood programme have been registered by Zespri and are covered by Zespri’s Risk Management Plan, a copy of which is held by KVH.
  • Budwood movement must comply with the  controls outlined in KVH Protocol: Budwood
  • Budwood movement from Psa-V positive orchards is only allowed in Recovery regions – NB: movement between Recovery regions requires KVH authorisation.
  • Monitoring, sampling and testing must occur within six weeks of budwood collection.
  • Budwood collection area to be sprayed with copper within four weeks of collection.
  • Tool hygiene and sanitising must be maintained.
  • Records of budwood supplied and received must be maintained and kept with grower GAP records.

Karyn Lowry, KVH Operations

Grower News
11 June 2015
Chile update
11 June 2015
Harvest is underway in Chile with many growers still seeing lower volumes as they recover from the devastating spring frosts in September 2013. This frost resulted in around 60 percent reduction in...
Chile update
11 June 2015

Harvest is underway in Chile with many growers still seeing lower volumes as they recover from the devastating spring frosts in September 2013. This frost resulted in around 60 percent reduction in Chilean export in 2014.

On Psa-V affected orchards, growers are seeing high levels of canker and dieback in Hayward. Hayward comprises more than 95 percent of kiwifruit plantings in Chile.

Psa-V is established in the Biobio, Maule and O’Higgins regions and appears to be progressing north. Psa-V has recently been confirmed in Chimarongo, which is around 25 kilometres north of the last mapped point.

SAG (Servicio Agricola Y Ganadero – the equivalent to NZ’s Ministry for Primary Industries) release their annual Psa statistics at the end of each year. 

The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee met recently to review their recommendations to Chilean growers for Psa-V disease control and now include recommendations for products and rates for disease control. The recommended copper rates are higher than in New Zealand. The Committee intends to carry out research to determine minimum effective dosage under local conditions.

In Chile kiwifruit is typically one of a number of crops on a property. Other crops might include apples, table grapes, nectarines, cherries, walnuts, hazelnuts, plums and almonds. Soils are often heavy and a reasonable number of kiwifruit plantings are on raised ridges.

Photo credit: Lynda Hawes







 

R&D News
11 June 2015
New R&D report - quality testing of compost samples
11 June 2015
A trial was undertaken by Kawerau-based Plateau Bark to see if compost could be made using reject fruit (and associated debris) mixed with pulp waste from the Norske Skog Tasman Ltd pulp and paper...
New R&D report - quality testing of compost samples
11 June 2015

A trial was undertaken by Kawerau-based Plateau Bark to see if compost could be made using reject fruit (and associated debris) mixed with pulp waste from the Norske Skog Tasman Ltd pulp and paper mill.

The compost tested 'not detected' for Psa-V and kiwifruit seed was destroyed during the composting process.

John Mather, KVH Biosecurity

Biosecurity News
11 June 2015
Biosecurity No.1 concern amongst agribusiness industry leaders
11 June 2015
KPMG have just released the 2015 Agribusiness Agenda and a world-class biosecurity system has been rated the number one priority by agribusiness industry leaders for the third consecutive...
Biosecurity No.1 concern amongst agribusiness industry leaders
11 June 2015

KPMG have just released the 2015 Agribusiness Agenda and a world-class biosecurity system has been rated the number one priority by agribusiness industry leaders for the third consecutive year.

Scores indicate that biosecurity is even more important now than in 2014.  The report states increasing global connectivity makes it critical to continuously reassess the most robust, cost effective biosecurity solutions for New Zealand; and the Biosecurity 2025 strategy review is a prime opportunity to bring some fresh collaborative thinking to biosecurity.

Over the coming weeks the first Biosecurity 2025 working group sessions will take place with KVH participating to ensure that the interests of our industry are included in the strategy.

Matt Dyck, KVH Biosecurity

Grower News
11 June 2015
KVH biosecurity focus at Mystery Creek Fieldays
11 June 2015
KVH has a small stand at the Mystery Creek Fieldays and this year’s focus is on biosecurity. The stand displays real specimens of some of our most unwanted pests, including the Queensland Fruit...
KVH biosecurity focus at Mystery Creek Fieldays
11 June 2015

KVH has a small stand at the Mystery Creek Fieldays and this year’s focus is on biosecurity. The stand displays real specimens of some of our most unwanted pests, including the Queensland Fruit Fly and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

The KVH stand is located in the Zespri tent and KVH staff will be at the stand until Friday to discuss biosecurity, Psa-V management and any other questions from growers and the general public.

Photo: growers get up close and personal with a Queensland Fruit Fly.

Lara Harrison, KVH Communications

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(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