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Company Notices
14 June 2018
AGM reminder
14 June 2018
The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Growers will receive their AGM packs in the mail early in July. This is a...
AGM reminder
14 June 2018

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Growers will receive their AGM packs in the mail early in July.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Biosecurity News
14 June 2018
Remove flowering Pampas from kiwifruit orchards
14 June 2018
There has been an increase in the numbers of pampas seed detected on fruit this packing season.  Any seed attached to fruit is a reject factor and may cause market access issues if found within...
Remove flowering Pampas from kiwifruit orchards
14 June 2018

There has been an increase in the numbers of pampas seed detected on fruit this packing season.  Any seed attached to fruit is a reject factor and may cause market access issues if found within a shipment or container.  All seed contaminating fruit has been from the very invasive South American plant, Pampas. 

Pampas is well-established in most regions where kiwifruit is grown and is now in full-flower. The seeds (more than 100,000 per flowerhead) will be dispersed by strong winds - any Pampas growing in or adjacent to kiwifruit orchards can cause problems. If Pampas is established in your orchard or shelter belt, cut down and destroy the flowerheads now. Plants can be dug out or removed by a digger or controlled with glyphosate herbicide.  A surfactant/spreader must be added to the herbicide mixture. Do not attempt to spray Pampas in an orchard if fruit is still on vines.

Pampas is different from the native Toetoe in that Pampas grows faster and is a very invasive plant; it flowers in autumn rather than spring; is more robust and has an upright growth habit rather than the more prostrate Toetoe; and produces a different shaped, larger flowerhead (cone-shaped rather than the limp flag-like flower of the native Toetoe). View a table listing all differences.


KVH will be talking to regional councils, road and rail authorities to request more pampas control, especially along the road and rail corridors.

Email John Mather
at KVH if you would like any further information.

Company Notices
14 June 2018
Fieldays
14 June 2018
KVH has enjoyed a busy start to the annual Mystery Creek Fieldays. Growers visiting our stall within the Zespri tent have been interested in biosecurity issues and what we can all learn from big...
Fieldays
14 June 2018

KVH has enjoyed a busy start to the annual Mystery Creek Fieldays.

Growers visiting our stall within the Zespri tent have been interested in biosecurity issues and what we can all learn from big responses in other industries e.g. Mycoplasma bovis. The lunchtime sessions with short addresses from Zespri, KVH and NZKGI have been well-attended.

KVH is taking the opportunity to catch up with growers to talk about the consultation currently underway on changes to within Recovery region boundaries; the project we’ve been working on putting in an application to the Environmental Protection Authority to release the Samurai Wasp as a control tool in the event of an incursion; and the recent submissions we made on behalf of the kiwifruit industry for that application as well as for the recent Ministry for Primary Industries consultation on proposed import requirements for Actinidia plant material. We will also be talking to other stallholders and importers of machinery to ensure they are aware of the risk of unwanted pests and the protocol to follow if they find anything unusual on their shipments.

Chief Executive Stu Hutchings and KVH staff will be based in the Zespri tent at Mystery Creek again Thursday and Friday – please drop in and say hello.



Image: Waikato kiwifruit grower Richard Glen and KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings at Fieldays on Wednesday.

Biosecurity News
14 June 2018
No stink bugs over winter
14 June 2018
A new video about the social impacts of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – especially on our homes - has been created to keep up the profile of this unwanted pest over the coming winter...
No stink bugs over winter
14 June 2018

A new video about the social impacts of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) – especially on our homes - has been created to keep up the profile of this unwanted pest over the coming winter months.

The video is hosted by Ruud ‘the Bug Man’ Kleinpaste but unlike the summer video which focuses on orchards and gardens, this winter version has more information and imagery about the fact the bug infests homes, hibernates over winter and is almost impossible to get rid of. 


Read more from the last Bulletin about the work KVH is doing alongside other horticultural product groups about BMSB over winter, including TV and website advertising.

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