Spring is a good time to review your existing Psa-V Orchard Management Plan and consider making changes to your protection strategy based on seasonal orchard observations and new research information.
The online Psa-V Orchard Management Plan template has been improved and now incorporates budwood and rootstock management sections. This avoids the need for growers supplying budwood or rootstock from their orchards to complete separate plans. The updated template is available on the KVH website by clicking here, or going to www.kvh.org.nz/orchard_management_plans.
Growers are reminded an updated Orchard Management Plan must be available with other GAP records as part of the GAP audit process. Also, the application of at least one Psa-V protectant spray from the KVH Recommended Product List is required under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP). All applications of agricultural compounds must be recorded in the Spray Diary.
As advised in last week’s KVH Bulletin (21 Aug) KVH has been advocating for improvements to minimise biosecurity risks on several pathways. Last week focused on the cruise ship pathway, this week will focus on transitional facilities.
Transitional facilities hold un-cleared risk goods for inspection, secure storage or treatment until they receive biosecurity clearance or are re-shipped or destroyed.
While people often think of the border as a small number of places (airports and marine ports) where clearance activities occur, the reality is very different. Most biosecurity clearance activities are occurring at transitional facilities; MPI Inspectors carry out risk profiling when imported goods first arrive at a marine port or airport, clear a small proportion of such goods at those ports (those deemed to pose the highest risk), and then direct most imported goods to transitional facilities where they receive final clearance by a non-MPI accredited person.
There are approximately 6500 such transitional facilities operating in New Zealand, which means our border is very ‘diffuse’.
The key risk is the arrival of ‘hitchhiker’ pests. These tend to be insect pests, and include high-risk organisms of concern to the kiwifruit industry such as, fruit flies, brown marmorated stink bugs and white peach scale.
KVH believes the current policy approach and standards for transitional facilities need to be re-evaluated and strengthened. There are currently too many transitional facilities operating in New Zealand and of variable quality, representing a key vulnerability in NZ’s border arrangements.
Given the level of risk and the key role transitional facilities play in New Zealand’s border, it is critical we have highly trained and skilled people operating to carry out clearance activities within transitional facilities.
KVH shared its concerns with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in early 2014, and is pleased that MPI appears to be seriously looking at this issue and potential solutions.
For more information about the transitional facilities risk pathway, click here to view the fifth profile document in KVH’s ‘Profile Series: Border Interventions on Import Pathways’.
Growers in Exclusion and Containment regions are reminded their mandatory montioring reporting is due by 10 September 2014.
An online reporting tool is available on the KVH website. This allow growers to submit monitoring results directly to KVH. Click here to access the online reporting tool.
If you do not have access to a computer contact KVH 0800 665 825 for assistance.
This season KVH has produced a visual Wall Chart to support growers with their Psa-V Orchard Management Plans for the upcoming season.
Click here for an online version of the Wall Chart.
The Wall Chart, which growers should receive in the post shortly, provides an excellent tool for raising awareness of Psa-V management and can be placed in offices and smoko rooms to support education of orchard staff and visitors.
The chart indicates the importance of a multi-layered approach to Psa-V management including:
The full Seasonal Management Guide for Spring/Summer is being finalised and will available on the KVH website next week. Any changes to the Guide, including updates to the Recommended Product List, will be made to the website version.