A new site is needed for this year’s product testing on potted plants. Ideally, this site would be close to Te Puke and isolated from high-density orchard plantings.
Four to five trials planned for the upcoming growing season.
Please contact Zespri’s Elaine Gould on 07 572 7706 or 027 459 0126 or email email@example.com if you can assist.
As we move closer to spring, KVH is beginning to receive reports of Hort16A showing signs of exudate.
This week, monitoring on an isolated Hort16A block in the Katikati region showed 60 percent of the vines had fresh red exudate; and 24 percent of these vines had more than three points of exudate.
Similarly, a significant increase in symptoms were seen on an Opotiki Hort16A orchard being cut over to Gold3.
To date, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne have not reported any new symptoms on Hort16A. Regions where sap flow is a little later, i.e. Kerikeri, are reporting minimal symptoms on Hort16A and other susceptible varieties.
KVH has also received reports of increasing symptoms in Hayward vines in the Katikati/Waihi and Wanganui region. Most of these are in male vines, including Chieftan and Matua males.
Growers with more susceptible varieties like Hort16A are advised to closely monitor their vines on a regular basis to ensure symptoms are found early and action can be taken quickly.
The Zespri OPC and Innovation teams are looking for potential orchard sites for 2014-15 bud-rot prevention trials. Orchard criteria requested are:
A range of treatments are planned including different pre-flower girdling timings and spray programmes.
Please contact Zespri’s Will Max on 0274 381 428 or 07 572 7776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist.
This week, a paper was presented to the KVH Board that uses a risk matrix to identify the high priority threats to the kiwifruit industry.
On the KVH website there are almost fifty pests and pathogens identified as potential threats to the kiwifruit industry. KVH has developed a risk matrix to provide a structured and objective method of prioritising these organisms into a shorter list for the purpose of readiness and response planning.
The report is a draft and we will be requesting subject experts to review the methodology and results of this report. However, we encourage growers to read the material and engage with KVH their views on this subject.
It is important to also remember the next incursion may not be the organism we have prepared for. Therefore, it is important to maintain a diversity of organisms in the focus group if possible and this is reflected in the report where organisms have finished with equal risk ratings.
The top five threats identified in the report are:
Click here to read the report and see the matrix that was used to identify these organisms.
Following a review of biosecurity risks associated with Port of Tauranga and Rotorua Airport last year, KVH identified initial concerns with incoming cruise ships and raised these with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
KVH has been advocating for improvements that further minimise biosecurity risks through the cruise ship pathway. These include:
KVH acknowledges that some key improvements have been made by MPI over the last 12 months to tighten biosecuirty through this pathway.
MPI are now using dogs for all first port of arrivals and many second ports of arrival. Detector dogs have been used on 150 cruise ship visits resulting in the interception of 500 biosecurity risk items, of which 76 percent were fresh produce.
The cruise ship industry has more than doubled in size over the last five years (Cruise New Zealand). These cruise ships enter New Zealand waters 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 will continue to proactively strive for even better border intervention to reduce risk to the kiwifruit industry.
For more information about the cruise ship risk pathway, click here to view the fourth profile document in KVH’s ‘Profile Series: Border Interventions on Import Pathways’.