The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is asking Auckland residents to hang in there for just a few more months while it completes its programme to eradicate a small population of Queensland fruit fly in Grey Lynn.
Fruit flies tend to be inactive over winter and as a result response activities died down. However as the weather warms up, any fruit flies that managed to survive the earlier treatment blitz will become active and able to be trapped in MPI’s extensive network of lure traps.
Therefore MPI has resumed more frequent checking of the surveillance traps in the A Zone of the Controlled Area, closer to where the original flies were found.
While MPI is confident of success in the fruit fly eradication, it needs these next couple of months of trapping to verify this. At this stage, they are hoping to declare eradication and end the movement controls on fruit and vegetables before Christmas.
Click here to read MPI’s full press release.
Flags are topical at the moment. Our regional FLAG in the Bay of Plenty is the ‘Freight and Logistics Action Group’, a forum that brings together all the key players from across the BOP logistics sector (road, rail, port, shipping, importers, post-harvest, exporters etc.) to take action together to support economic growth in the region.
FLAG’s leadership has sought to raise awareness and understanding of biosecurity and approached KVH to assist with this. Last week KVH led a workshop with FLAG members on ‘logistics implications of a biosecurity event’. This included exploring potential impacts and scenarios should we experience a medium or large scale biosecurity event in the BOP, and how the logistics sector can better prepare for this.
The logistics sector in the BOP employs more than 4000 full time staff who cart biosecurity risk goods around the region and country, and have a critical role to play in looking out for and reporting potential biosecurity risks. In an event such as a fruit fly incursion, the logistics sector has a critical role to play – critical to our ability to export.
KVH thanks Zespri, Ministry for Primary Industries and Forest Owners Association staff who also contributed to the workshop, and acknowledges the proactive approach the BOP logistics sector is taking to lift its focus on biosecurity.
While this particular workshop had a regional focus, it has elevated wider opportunity for MPI and GIA partners to work more closely with the freight and logistics sector at a national level.
With indications of higher levels of Psa-V this spring growers are urged to develop a robust protective spray programme best suited to their orchards.
Prior to bud-break apply a winter rate of copper to protect buds as they crack and move through the early bud phase period. In most regions vines will now be at or beyond this phase (see image).
Following bud-break, copper remains the preferred product as it is highly effective against Psa-V and provides persistent protection to canes and young tissue. Summer rates of copper are recommended and apply sprays in suitable weather.
Reapplication of copper at regular intervals will make sure all young tissue remains protected prior to high risk weather periods. Refer to the KVH Psa-V Risk Model. Sprays should be based around weather and take into consideration the rate of shoot growth.
This spring many growers are reporting higher levels of symptoms than seen for the past two seasons. Monitor to check the level of Psa-V infection within blocks to help decide if bactericides might be needed.
Bactericides might be considered if Psa-V is present and specific risk events like equinox gales, hail or frost occur.
Bactericides have additional use conditions this season so plan ahead to ensure these are met.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently announced its plans to beef up biosecurity on incoming cruise ships – a move fully supported by KVH.
Cruise ships entering New Zealand waters are from Australia or the Pacific Islands—regions harbouring high-risk pests and diseases including fruit flies, which are the greatest biosecurity threat to New Zealand’s horticultural industries.
KVH is also advocating for all fruit and vegetables loaded onto New Zealand-bound cruise vessels to meet New Zealand import standards. This means the produce would have the same status as fruit and vegetables bought from local supermarkets and carry minimal biosecurity risk.