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Grower News
29 October 2015
Unpruned orchards create risk
29 October 2015
 KVH is investigating reports of two unpruned kiwifruit orchards – one near Whakatane and the other in Northwest Auckland.  Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP)...
Unpruned orchards create risk
29 October 2015

 KVH is investigating reports of two unpruned kiwifruit orchards – one near Whakatane and the other in Northwest Auckland.  Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) kiwifruit vines in an orchard must be winter pruned and tied down by 1 October each year. 

Unpruned orchards can quickly become heavily layered, damp and infected with Psa-V.  The vines can then be a source of inoculum infecting neighbouring orchards; and costs to bring the orchard back to a managed state will increase exponentially.
 
KVH will inspect all orchards reported as unpruned and very likely impose a defined timeframe in which pruning must be completed.  Other aspects of orchard management will be reviewed.
 
If growers are unable to meet any NPMP requirements around pruning, picking fruit or application of KVH approved protectant products, they are encouraged to contact KVH as soon as possible.  It is better to discuss any adverse event affecting orchard management sooner rather than later so a pragmatic solution can be agreed.  
 
If you are aware of an unmanaged kiwifruit orchard please contact John Mather, Compliance Officer, at KVH at john.mather@kvh.org.nz.
 
Protocols & Movement Controls
29 October 2015
Tenders for wild kiwifruit control - closing data approaching
29 October 2015
 The closing date for tenders for the control of wild kiwifruit in the Western Bay of Plenty is Friday 6 November at 4.00pm.   Copies of the tender document may be obtained from the KVH...
Tenders for wild kiwifruit control - closing data approaching
29 October 2015

 The closing date for tenders for the control of wild kiwifruit in the Western Bay of Plenty is Friday 6 November at 4.00pm.  

Copies of the tender document may be obtained from the KVH office at 314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui, by telephone on 0800 665 825 or by email at info@kvh.org.nz. 
 
Please direct all queries to John Mather, Compliance Officer, at john.mather@kvh.org.nz.
 
Protocols & Movement Controls
29 October 2015
Mandatory Monitoring - Reporting due Saturday
29 October 2015
Growers in Exclusion and Containment regions and also ‘Not Detected’ orchards in Recovery regions have until Saturday 31 October to report their mandatory monitoring results to...
Mandatory Monitoring - Reporting due Saturday
29 October 2015

Growers in Exclusion and Containment regions and also ‘Not Detected’ orchards in Recovery regions have until Saturday 31 October to report their mandatory monitoring results to KVH. 

An online reporting tool is available for growers to submit monitoring results directly to KVH. Click here to access this tool.

 

 

Grower News
29 October 2015
Bactericide use
29 October 2015
 A reminder to growers using bactericides that Kasumin© is only approved for use until three week before the start of flowering. For most regions and varieties this window has already...
Bactericide use
29 October 2015

 A reminder to growers using bactericides that Kasumin© is only approved for use until three week before the start of flowering. For most regions and varieties this window has already closed. KeyStrepto™ may be used until seven days before the start of flowering (male or female). 

Both Kasumin© and KeyStrepto™ have strict use conditions to be abided by.  Click here for further information.
 
Biosecurity News
29 October 2015
Onions join GIA biosecurity partnership
29 October 2015
On 9 October Onions New Zealand signed the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response at a ceremony in Pukekohe, becoming the first vegetable group and the sixth...
Onions join GIA biosecurity partnership
29 October 2015

On 9 October Onions New Zealand signed the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response at a ceremony in Pukekohe, becoming the first vegetable group and the sixth signatory to sign the Deed.

Onions NZ join KVH and Pipfruit NZ as horticultural signatories of the Deed. 
 
Grower News
29 October 2015
Whangarei Regional Update
29 October 2015
Last week KVH completed a second round of monitoring in the Whangarei region – covering 16A blocks in the controlled area and the orchards closest to the first positive orchard. No further Psa...
Whangarei Regional Update
29 October 2015

Last week KVH completed a second round of monitoring in the Whangarei region – covering 16A blocks in the controlled area and the orchards closest to the first positive orchard.

No further Psa symptoms were identified.
 
The controlled area remains in place restricting movement of plant material, beehives and contractor’s equipment. The Controlled Area Notice can be viewed here.
 
Growers within the controlled areas are required to monitor their orchards fortnightly until further notice and report their results to KVH.
 
The next round of mandatory monitoring is due to be reported to KVH on Friday 6th November – Click here to access the online reporting tool.
 
Grower News
29 October 2015
KVH Regional Coordinator Role Review
29 October 2015
 KVH have recently reviewed the role of the KVH Regional Coordinator.  The Regional Coordinator role was established in the initial response to Psa to support growers and Post-harvest...
KVH Regional Coordinator Role Review
29 October 2015

 KVH have recently reviewed the role of the KVH Regional Coordinator.  The Regional Coordinator role was established in the initial response to Psa to support growers and Post-harvest companies to work collectively in managing the Psa-V risk in their region.

Since 2012 the Regional Coordinators have assisted KVH supporting the implementation and adoption of the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP).  As we have gained knowledge on how to best manage the bacteria and reduce risks on orchards, growers have integrated these practices into their orchard management programme and their need for support has reduced.  
 
The overall level of Regional Coordinator activity has diminished quite significantly, especially in Recovery regions with post-harvest support present and Psa-V management is seen very much as part of the wider orchard management function.
 
The KVH Board approved changes to the Regional Coordinator structure and policy at its September meeting and agreed to: 
  • Discontinue with the Regional Coordinator roles in the wider Bay of Plenty including Opotiki, Edgecumbe, KatiKati and Waihi (they have already been discontinued in Te Puke and Tauranga). The Regional Coordinator function will be retained in other regions where Psa has established more recently and/or post-harvest support may not be as present.
  • Incorporate a wider biosecurity function and reduce the Psa associated activities as appropriate. 
  • Reduce funding to a maximum of $250 per month per region and encourage regions with reasonable fighting funds established to suspend payments until a need arises. 
These changes have been reflected in an updated Regional Coordinators Policy which can be viewed here.
 
The KVH Board and Management would like to sincerely thank the Regional Coordinators and Post-harvest operators for their valuable contribution in helping to manage Psa within their regions. The efforts provided by Regional Coordinators, their committees and Post-harvest operators has been a real asset in the fight against Psa.
 
We look forward to continuing the excellent working relationship with Regional Coordinators in the regions where the role continues.
 

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