Representatives from KVH, Pipfruit NZ and Horticulture NZ knocked on around 300 doors last Thursday to present residents in Grey Lynn with a gift voucher to say thank you for their ongoing support during the fruit fly response.
KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil says support from the local community during the response was essential in achieving a successful outcome. “Without their cooperation over the last 10 months, eradication would have been far more difficult so we are very grateful for their ongoing assistance during a very inconvenient time for them”
The gift cards are redeemable at one of six retailers who were also affected by fruit and vegetable movement controls.
Pictured above (L-R): Peter Mourits (KVH), Lynne Hayman (Hort NZ), Andy Borland (Pipfruit NZ), John Cook (Hort NZ), Julian Raine (Hort NZ), Mike Chapman (NZKGI), Megan Meneely, Karyn Lowry, John Mathers and Linda Peacock (KVH).
While most of the KVH staff were out door knocking and wrapping up this year’s fruit fly response last week, another KVH member was attending a two-day workshop to help prepare for the next biosecurity response (should this ever occur).
Over the last six months, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and AsureQuality (AQ) staff have been reviewing the Fruit Fly Response Standard and associated Operational Procedures to identify improvements that can be implemented in the short term, with a more comprehensive review of the Fruit Fly Standard to occur next year.
The workshop represented a culmination of these efforts, and walked through a proposed scenario to ensure that all proposed changes are embedded at an operational level and fit for purpose.
While New Zealand’s horticultural industries are all hoping for a pest-free Christmas and a response-free 2016, these activities are important to ensure that we are prepared should they occur.
In December the KVH board reviewed the status of three regions under the NPMP. Changes are outlined below.
North West Auckland
In October 2015, KVH monitored 11 orchards near the original positives; and identified Psa-V on a 12.55ha Hayward orchard. With three positive orchards now in the region (two of these are showing ongoing symptoms) North West Auckland no longer meets the definition of an Exclusion region. The KVH Board approved the status change from an Exclusion region to a Containment region and the controlled area notice has been lifted.
There are 106 orchards in the Kerikeri region and 73 of these have been confirmed Psa-V positive, representing 68% of KPINs and 79% ha. Infection has spread across the region and all areas are now affected.
A monitoring round of 13 orchards reported as ‘Not Detected’ was completed and as a result, a further five orchards were confirmed Psa-V positive by lab testing.
The Board approved the status change of Kerikeri from a Containment region to a Recovery region.
Eleven out of 17 orchards in the Wanganui region (61% KPINs) are Psa-V positive and 76% ha are affected.
There are three isolated orchards—one in Levin, one in Taumaranui and one in Palmerston North (associated with Massey University). Due to their isolation they will not be adversely affected by a change in regional status to Recovery.
The Board approved the status change of this region from a Containment region to a Recovery region.
The status of the Gisborne region will be reviewed early in 2016 prior to harvest after a meeting with the growers in that region.
Results from the KVH mandatory monitoring rounds completed between mid-September and mid-October 2015 are available on the KVH website – click here.
The results presented are an analysis of the data submitted by growers, by variety and growing region for Containment regions and Exclusion regions only (status as at 31 October 2015).
Results were required by 31 October 2015, however as of that date only approximately half of the required monitoring data had been submitted to KVH.