New biosecurity measures will be introduced by the Ministry for Primary Industries to make it tougher for air passengers to bring goods into New Zealand that could carry pests or diseases. The measures are the result of new biosecurity funding from the government’s 2015 budget.
The planned new biosecurity measures include:
Click here for more details on MPI’s website.
Import requirements for Mexican grapes may change following the detection of a black widow spider by a member of the public in some Mexican red seedless grapes.
More than 20 spiders were subsequently detected in imported Mexican grapes around the country.
MPI has an investigation underway and the results may see changes to the import health standard requirements. However it is too early to confirm what course of action MPI will take.
In the case of Mexico grapes, current requirement is for MPI officers (based in Arizona) to verify the fruit is free of pests, as certified by the Mexican government.
If regulated pests (including spiders) are detected, the consignment is not allowed to be exported. MPI has been fumigating all imports of this season’s Mexican grapes at the border since the discovery of the spiders.
The following notices will be published in the New Zealand Gazette following the approval of the grower levies at the KVH AGM held on 23 July 2015:
Pursuant to section 9 of the Biosecurity (Psa-V – Kiwifruit Levy) Order 2013, it was resolved at the Annual General Meeting of Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated on 23rd July 2015, that the levy rate for the 2016 levy year (commencing on 1 January 2016 and ending on 31 December 2016) apply at the rate of 0.28 cents per kilogram (1 cent per tray equivalent) to all varieties, or cultivars, of green kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) exported to any place other than Australia, and at the rate of 0.56 cents per kilogram (2 cents per tray equivalent) to all varieties, or cultivars, of gold and red kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis) exported to any place other than Australia. Barry O’Neil, Chief Executive Officer, Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated. PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, NZ.
Pursuant to section 10 of the Biosecurity (Readiness and Response – Kiwifruit Levy) Order 2015, it was resolved at the Annual General Meeting of Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated on 23rd July 2015, that the levy rate for the 2016 levy year (commencing on 1 April 2016 and ending on 31 March 2017) apply at the rate of 0.16 cents per kilogram (0.6 cents per tray equivalent) for all varieties of kiwifruit of the genus Actinidia, except Actinidia Arguta, exported to markets other than Australia. Barry O’Neil, Chief Executive Officer, Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated. PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, NZ.
MPI’s Director of Border Clearance Services, Steve Gilbert, recently gave an overview of the very real biosecurity challenges New Zealand faces at the border to KVH members at its AGM.
Steve also outlined what MPI is doing to mitigate these risks and highlighted the critical role a working partnership between government and industry through GIA plays to support this.
Some key points from Steve’s presentation:
Click here to view Steve’s presentation.
KVH will hold a Psa-V spring industry meeting on Wednesday 2 September from 3pm-5pm at the Orchard Church in Te Puke and growers are encouraged to attend.
While Psa progression has slowed over the 2015 growing, spring is a high-risk season and a timely reminder to growers to keep up to date with the latest developments in R&D and Psa orchard management.
Joel Vanneste (P&FR), Barry O’Neil (KVH), Elaine Gould and Greg Clarke (Zespri) will present at the meeting.
Joel works closely with the industry to understand and provide advice around resistance management which is a focus for the industry this year.
Elaine and Greg will give an update on the KVH and Zespri R&D programme along with advice around pre-flowering trunk girdling and an update on the product testing programme.
Light refreshments will be provided following the meeting, providing a good networking opportunity.
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