The KVH AGM is scheduled for 26 November 2014 starting at 2pm in Classic Flyers, Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui. AGM papers and proposed resolutions have been sent to KVH members and are now available on the KVH website here.
In addition to the AGM matters, Zespri’s Dave Tanner, GM Science & Innovation, will give an overview on the Psa-V research programme, what it has achieved and its future direction. This will be the last opportunity for Dave to present on the Psa-V R&D programme, as he leaves employment with Zespri at the end of the year.
All growers and industry participants are encouraged to attend.
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KVH has revised its best practice guidelines for orchard hygiene. The main changes include a more practical approach to orchard hygiene in Recovery regions where infection is widespread.
More focus is placed on removing any visible signs of plant material rather than sanitisation of footwear and hands between orchards in Recovery regions. The revised best practice guidelines also recognise the lower risk of vehicle movements onto orchards, such as quad bikes and fertiliser spreaders, and doesn’t require cleaning and sanitisation between orchards in Recovery regions.
However, the risk of transferring disease through movement of infected plant material remains. Therefore growers who require additional measures to reduce the risk, including sanitisation of footwear and hands, are encouraged to do so.
If you have any feedback about the changes, please email email@example.com.
As a result of the increasing number of confirmed Psa-V positive orchards in the wider Coromandel region, the KVH Board has made the decision to reclassify the region from Containment to Recovery.
Psa-V was first identified in the Coromandel region in September 2012.
The NPMP defines a Recovery region as a region with widespread Psa-V infection. The Coromandel region currently has more than 65% of kiwifruit hectares on orchards with Psa-V identified.
The KVH Board, while having empathy with Coromandel growers who did not support this change, had to consider the rules of the NPMP and the need to move pollen into the region for the upcoming pollination season.
MPI have released a new fact sheet for BMSB which includes comparison to other stink bugs already present in New Zealand. Click here to view the fact sheet.
This fact sheet is part of a larger public awareness campaign that KVH is supporting. Growers who have travelled internationally recently will have noticed the increased publicity at the airport.
KVH has also participated in the development of a research strategy to minimise and manage the risks posed by BMSB to New Zealand.
What is Brown Marmorated Stink Bug?
BMSB is a significant pest to many horticultural industries. It is native to parts of Asia but is currently undergoing rapid range expansion in the United States, Canada and Europe—which previously did not have established populations.
BMSB is considered a high priority pest as;
Growers are encouraged to look out for this organism. Any suspected sightings should be caught, photographed and reported to MPI on 0800 80 99 66.