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