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Biosecurity News
9 March 2017
Japan update: biosecurity similarities
9 March 2017
On a recent trip back to New Zealand, Zespri’s Japan supply manager Bryan McGillivray shared insights on the spread of Psa and other unwanted pests in Japan with Zespri colleagues and...
Japan update: biosecurity similarities
9 March 2017

On a recent trip back to New Zealand, Zespri’s Japan supply manager Bryan McGillivray shared insights on the spread of Psa and other unwanted pests in Japan with Zespri colleagues and KVH.

Bryan said, since Psa3 (the previously called Psa-V) arrived in Japan in 2014, it developed and spread through the Japanese kiwifruit industry as it did here. Climatic differences such as Japan’s hotter summers had reduced the pace of the spread of Psa somewhat. Of Japan’s 2,177 hectares of kiwifruit, around 69% is now infected with Psa3.
 
As in New Zealand, Hort16A has been most affected by the Psa and blocks are being removed as they become uneconomic. Southern areas of Japan remain free of Psa and movement controls are in place to help protect orchards.
 
Some potential biosecurity threats to New Zealand are already present in Japan providing an opportunity to learn how growers manage these pests and what else should be on our radar as emerging risks to our industry. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is one such example, a pest of significant concern to us, yet in Japan where it is native, impacts do not seem to be significant.
 
This is thought to be because the samurai wasp is also native to Japan, and parasitises BMSB eggs keeping populations in check. The good experience from Japan tells us this could be an effective control tool to have so KVH and other horticultural industries are seeking pre-approval to release the samurai wasp as a biocontrol agent should BMSB ever establish here. 
 
KVH has an information-sharing relationship with Bryan’s team in Japan, which will ensure both organisations stay abreast of pest developments and potential new research opportunities across the two countries.    
 
Grower News
9 March 2017
Preparing for the next biosecurity incursion at an on-orchard level
9 March 2017
The threat of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) highlighted in recent Bulletin articles, has reinforced the risk of biosecurity incursions to the kiwifruit industry.    KVH is working...
Preparing for the next biosecurity incursion at an on-orchard level
9 March 2017
The threat of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) highlighted in recent Bulletin articles, has reinforced the risk of biosecurity incursions to the kiwifruit industry. 
 
KVH is working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other horticultural sectors to prepare specifically for BMSB, but we also have efforts under way within our own industry to ensure that we are prepared for the next biosecurity incursion - whatever this might be.
 
A key component of this is to ensure that the industry is managing our internal pathways with on-orchard biosecurity practices. To achieve this an industry working group, including growers and the wider industry, met again Tuesday to further progress the development of industry on-orchard biosecurity guidelines.
 
KVH Biosecurity Analyst Matt Dyck says the group was originally created by KVH to ensue key partners are involved in the creation of the guidelines, which will provide consistency across the industry and provide guidance as to the level of business-as-usual good biosecurity practice required. 
 
“Biosecurity puts growers investment at risk – in terms of dollar value, jobs, and community impact. It’s imperative we manage that risk and protect growers through awareness, education and operational guidelines.”
 
“Draft guidelines were presented to the group for discussion, including what supporting documents and tools will be needed to help with implementation, and therefore improve ability to withstand a future biosecurity incursion.”
 
“We received a lot of good feedback about the guidelines and posters we’ve already created, particularly around how practical they are. The workshop also raised some useful ideas about how we can make them even more fit-for-purpose for growers, packhouses and wider audiences.”
 
Next week KVH will work with other primary industries to align our approach and explore how a community-based approach can strengthen on-orchard and on-farm biosecurity.
 
Grower News
9 March 2017
Nursery plants
9 March 2017
KVH have had instances where growers/nurseries have not followed the correct procedures and plants moved illegally have had to be destroyed.   All growers and all nurseries must meet Kiwifruit...
Nursery plants
9 March 2017
KVH have had instances where growers/nurseries have not followed the correct procedures and plants moved illegally have had to be destroyed.
 
All growers and all nurseries must meet Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) requirements and must follow the movement controls when sourcing/providing plants.
 
There are three options for sourcing plants:
 
KPCS “Full Certification” plants
Fully certified plants that meet all testing requirements for all target organisms.
Movement: Can be moved between regions in accordance with KVH movement controls below.
 
KPCS “within Region Only” plants
Plants that meet all KPCS requirements except freedom from Psa-V. 
Movement: Movement is restricted to within the same KVH Biosecurity region.
* Plants may not be moved from a positive property to a Not Detected property.
 
Grow for your own use
Growers may produce plants for use on their own properties.
Movement:  Movement of no more than 1000 plants per year is permitted to properties under the same ownership, within the same KVH Biosecurity region, and subject to certain biosecurity controls.
* Plants may not be moved from a positive property to a Not Detected properly.
Biosecurity News
9 March 2017
Report suspected finds
9 March 2017
Remember, there are only small market access implications from Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) but the production impact is vast. The sooner you alert us, the more we can do to help you. Early...
Report suspected finds
9 March 2017

Remember, there are only small market access implications from Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) but the production impact is vast. The sooner you alert us, the more we can do to help you. Early detection is key to eradication – if we don’t report and miss this window BMSB could be a challenge we have to deal with forever.

Please keep an eye out for any unusual pests and call us on 0800 665 825 or send us photographs to info@kvh.org.nz if you find anything of concern. An updated fact sheet on BMSB can be found on the KVH website.
 
Grower News
9 March 2017
Zespri roadshow presentation highlights early detection importance
9 March 2017
KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil, along with other KVH staff, presented at the Zespri roadshows last week.     Barry provided a Psa update, focussed on recent discoveries of Brown...
Zespri roadshow presentation highlights early detection importance
9 March 2017
KVH Chief Executive Barry O’Neil, along with other KVH staff, presented at the Zespri roadshows last week.  
 
Barry provided a Psa update, focussed on recent discoveries of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the vigilance needed to ensure early detection.
 
He also touched on the risk of fruit flies and successful management of White Peach Scale risks.
 
We featured the BMSB in the last special edition of the Bulletin – read more here about why BMSB is a serious pest and recent interceptions by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
 

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