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20 November 2014
KVH Media Release - Psa-V report confirms industry on recovery pathway
20 November 2014
An independent review by the Sapere Research Group on how the industry responded to the 2010 arrival of Psa-V into New Zealand has been released today. Click here. The report, which states that...
KVH Media Release - Psa-V report confirms industry on recovery pathway
20 November 2014

An independent review by the Sapere Research Group on how the industry responded to the 2010 arrival of Psa-V into New Zealand has been released today. Click here.

The report, which states that the ‘New Zealand kiwifruit industry has quickly become the world leader in Psa-V management’, includes several recommendations for industry and Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) to consider going forward.

“Many of the recommendations have already been put in place by the industry and KVH, while others are under action and some will result in new work. Overall this confirms KVH is focussed in the right areas,” said KVH Chairman Peter Ombler.

“In particular, we are now working much closer with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other industries to ensure we are better prepared going forward. This has been a major focus since KVH was given the mandate to lead wider biosecurity for the industry.

“To ensure we are in a much stronger position for future biosecurity incursions that could harm our industry, we must take forward the learnings from the Psa-V response.”

The focus of the review was on the overall decision-making, information flows, systems and processes that were in place at the time of the Psa-V incursion and during the response.

 “The arrival of Psa-V into New Zealand had a major impact on our industry. While we responded strongly with every resource we had at the time, we were not prepared to deal with such a significant incursion.”

“During the response a number of industry people and leaders really stepped up and showed outstanding leadership while under a tremendous amount of pressure. The strength of the coordinated industry structure was very evident and a key enabler in the industry’s ability to respond. Growers came together and took decisive action during a very difficult time.”

The Sapere team carried out the review based on background information leading up to and including the current National Pest Management Plan; and a series of interviews with a broad range of industry and MPI representatives who were present at the time of the incursion.

The Sapere Research Group was commissioned by the KVH Board and selected following a tender process.

The aim of the review was to identify lessons learned from the response to the Psa-V incursion that could be used to support future responses to new pest and disease arrivals that could impact the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. The review does not examine how Psa-V may have arrived in New Zealand.

A summary of recommendations from the review and how KVH proposes to address them is also available on the KVH website – click here.

KVH is now seeking industry feedback on the KVH proposal by Friday 28 November. Feedback can be sent to KVH by email info@kvh.org.nz or by posting to PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149 by 5pm, Friday 28 November.
   
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For media enquires:
Peter Ombler, KVH Chairman 0274 915 571
 

Biosecurity News
20 November 2014
Industry response capability workshop - introducing KiwiNet
20 November 2014
KVH will host an industry biosecurity capability network workshop on 2 December for nominated capability co-ordinators from Zespri and post-harvest entities. The aim of the workshop is to consolidate...
Industry response capability workshop - introducing KiwiNet
20 November 2014

KVH will host an industry biosecurity capability network workshop on 2 December for nominated capability co-ordinators from Zespri and post-harvest entities. The aim of the workshop is to consolidate the kiwifruit industry’s biosecurity readiness and response capability and to form ‘KiwiNet’, the team that will coordinate these activities for the industry going forward.

A response simulation for our industry will be held during the workshop to provide a practical context.

Grower News
20 November 2014
North-West Auckland - new positive result
20 November 2014
Last week KVH received a positive Psa-V test result from an orchard in the North-West Auckland region. This is only the second positive test result in the region and the first in 12 months....
North-West Auckland - new positive result
20 November 2014

Last week KVH received a positive Psa-V test result from an orchard in the North-West Auckland region. This is only the second positive test result in the region and the first in 12 months. North-West Auckland is classified as an Exclusion region with a Controlled Area Notice in place.  The new positive test result was from an orchard located within the Controlled Area.

KVH has updated the North-West Auckland Controlled Area Protocol to include a number of requirements to minimise the risk of Psa-V spreading to other orchards in the region.

All growers in the North-West Auckland Controlled Area are required to:

  • Adhere to movement restrictions in the North-West Auckland Controlled Area Protocol. Any movement of equipment between orchards within the Controlled Area must receive prior-approval from KVH.
  • Monitor all orchards and report results to KVH on a fortnightly basis over the next six weeks. First results are due to KVH by Friday 21 November 2014. Please use the online template here.
  • Ensure they have a comprehensive Psa –V crop protection programme in place, particularly around high-risk weather events.
  • Ensure all staff and visitors entering and exiting the orchard are aware of, and are carrying out orchard hygiene best practice.

Growers with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact KVH on 0800 665 825.

Grower News
20 November 2014
Edgecumbe update
20 November 2014
KVH staff visited Edgecumbe orchards this week to meet with growers and discuss Psa-V progression on orchards in the region this year. Like other regions, spring has generally been cool, wet and...
Edgecumbe update
20 November 2014

KVH staff visited Edgecumbe orchards this week to meet with growers and discuss Psa-V progression on orchards in the region this year.

Like other regions, spring has generally been cool, wet and windy in Edgecumbe. Two hail events have also occurred, with the most recent last Thursday coming just before pollination of Hayward. These conditions have been challenging.

Overall, more comprehensive spray programmes have been adopted by most growers in the region. Both KeyStrepto™ and Actigard™ have been widely used in conjunction with copper on a regular basis.

On Gold3 blocks visited, expression of Psa-V symptoms was still occurring with cane dieback and some whole cane collapse seen on more challenged sites. Older, apparently healed cankers were also active on some plants.  One block which had young Gold3 plants with scions inadvertently girdled last February, was showing die-back and red exudate around the girdle site.

In contrast, girdles correctly applied to mature stumps remained clear of symptoms. This reinforced the message of care needed when girdling young plants and particularly in high Psa-V risk environments. As expected, levels of symptoms varied between blocks with disease expression appearing worse on cooler or stressed sites. All Gold3 growers in the area are advised to continue actively monitoring and cutting out symptoms to reduce the spread of the disease.

The extent of symptoms on Hayward blocks was quite variable. Growers commented that signs of leaf spotting and bud browning had begun to appear over the past month and in some blocks rapid acceleration of leaf-spot had been seen in the past week after a period of wet windy weather. For some growers there is concern about the potential impact of Psa-V on pollination and fruit set. Artificial pollination will be used as a tool to mitigate risk.

One Hayward site visited highlighted the value of a comprehensive spray programme. Control rows (with no sprays applied) showed severe leaf spotting and significant loss of female flower-buds, while adjacent rows were relatively symptom free and carried good cop loads. Three applications of KeyStrepto™ and four coppers had been applied since bud-break.

  • Click here to view a comparison between side-by-side Hayward rows—one that received a comprehensive spray programme, and adjacent vines that did not receive any spray protection over spring.

A G14 block visited showed increasing signs of bud rot despite an active protective spray programme.

Overall, Psa-V continues to make growing in this region a challenge. However, growers in general were quietly confident of a better fruit set than was achieved in 2013. Several Psa-V related trials continue within the Edgecumbe area. 

Grower News
20 November 2014
Independent Sapere Review - lessons learned from the response to Psa-V
20 November 2014
An independent review by the Sapere Research Group on how the industry responded to the 2010 arrival of Psa-V into New Zealand has been released today. Click here. The Sapere Research Group was...
Independent Sapere Review - lessons learned from the response to Psa-V
20 November 2014

An independent review by the Sapere Research Group on how the industry responded to the 2010 arrival of Psa-V into New Zealand has been released today. Click here.

The Sapere Research Group was commissioned by the KVH Board and selected following a tender process.

The aim of the review was to identify lessons learned from the response to the Psa-V incursion that could be used to support future responses to new pest and disease arrivals that could impact the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

The review includes several recommendations for industry and KVH to consider going forward. Many of the recommendations have already been put in place by the industry and KVH, while others are under action and some will result in new work. Overall this confirms KVH is focussed in the right areas.

A document setting out the recommendations and how KVH proposes to address each of them has been prepared. Click here.

KVH is now seeking feedback from growers and the industry on this approach. Feedback can be sent to KVH by email info@kvh.org.nz or by post: PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui by Friday 28 November 2014.

Click here to read KVH’s Media Release.

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