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Biosecurity News
26 January 2017
Preparing for fruit fly
26 January 2017
KVH and the other signatories who signed the Operational Agreement (OA) for fruit flies, last year agreed on the approach to readiness and response activities. While getting to this point was a...
Preparing for fruit fly
26 January 2017


KVH and the other signatories who signed the Operational Agreement (OA) for fruit flies, last year agreed on the approach to readiness and response activities. While getting to this point was a significant achievement in itself, it has also led to a review of areas that can be improved.

A technical working group has been established to progress the readiness and response technical improvements that have been agreed, of which the priorities are;
  • Optimising the current surveillance programme for early detection. New Zealand maintains a world class surveillance grid for fruit fly that involves over 7500 traps, which has successfully resulted in early detection of fruit fly on nine occasions enabling eradication.  But are there opportunities for further improvement, including locations, period, and lures that are used in the traps?
  • Pre-agreeing the major risks in a response and identifying opportunities to reduce cost associated with low risk activities.  Examples during the Grey Lynn response include managing risk associated with major sporting events and supermarkets located within the controlled area.  Understanding true risk associated with these activities will enable us to manage the risks appropriately.
  • Reviewing the current Fruit Fly Response Standard. Are there opportunities to enhance this standard using new technology or best practice developed internationally, or our own learnings from recent responses?  Are there any activities that are not required which could result in a future eradication being undertaken successfully, without having to spend $1.5 million responding to the detection of a single fruit fly?
KVH is well represented in this process, with Barry O’Neil serving as chairman of the Fruit Fly Council which oversees the Operational Agreement, and Matt Dyck as an observer on the Technical Working Group tasked with delivering projects to improve our readiness and response capability.
 
Company Notices
26 January 2017
KVH board farewells Lorry Leydon
26 January 2017
  The KVH board would like to acknowledge the work of Lorry Leydon, who has been an associate board director for the past two years. Lorry’s reflections from his time on the board are...
KVH board farewells Lorry Leydon
26 January 2017
 
The KVH board would like to acknowledge the work of Lorry Leydon, who has been an associate board director for the past two years. Lorry’s reflections from his time on the board are below:
 
“It seems a long time ago when I walked in to my first board meeting at KVH. It was an exciting opportunity for me, and I was looking forward to observing how the cogs turned in the inner sanctum of the boardroom. My experience from that very first day was of an extremely cohesive board, committed to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.
 
My two years on the board has overseen a transition period for KVH, where the primary focus has gradually shifted from Psa-V to the wider realm of biosecurity. As we move out of the shadow of Psa, it is important to remember the lessons we have learned, and ensure that we remain vigilant to all possible threats. It is essential that growers don’t become complacent, and that KVH is supported in their role to protect New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from biosecurity threats.
 
I would like to thank KVH for the initiative in developing an associate director role – this is a rare opportunity which has given me a great experience in governance and leadership. I would also like to thank my fellow directors for their guidance and tutelage over the last few years. Lastly, I would like to thank the whole team at KVH, and acknowledge their hard work and dedication on behalf of the kiwifruit industry.”
 

 

Biosecurity News
26 January 2017
Stopping BMSB
26 January 2017
KVH has been working with industry groups and MPI to develop an Operational Agreement for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug under the GIA partnership. Industry groups met yesterday to consider the...
Stopping BMSB
26 January 2017


KVH has been working with industry groups and MPI to develop an Operational Agreement for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug under the GIA partnership.

Industry groups met yesterday to consider the possible approach to cost sharing between MPI and industry, along with how we can agree to the industry split of the costs involved.  Our objective is to have an OA in place by mid-2017, which will ensure we are doing everything we can to stop BMSB establishing in NZ.

KVH is also a core member of a steering group preparing an application to be able to release an effective parasitoid wasp of BMSB (The Asian wasp Trissolcus japonicus), should BMSB arrive in NZ.  The wasp parasitises the eggs of BMSB and when established destroys up to 75% of the eggs.  The objective is to have the application for release ready to present to the Environmental Protection Agency in September 2017.
 
Biosecurity News
26 January 2017
Kiwifruit sector Operational Agreement
26 January 2017
KVH and MPI are finalising a kiwifruit sector operational agreement under the GIA partnership for pests and pathogens that are specific to the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors, and are working to have...
Kiwifruit sector Operational Agreement
26 January 2017

KVH and MPI are finalising a kiwifruit sector operational agreement under the GIA partnership for pests and pathogens that are specific to the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors, and are working to have the agreement in place in March 2017.  

The agreement will initially focus on the major threats to our industry, including Ceratocystis fimbriata, Verticillium wilt, non-NZ strains of Psa, and invasive Phytophthora’s.  It will include readiness and response plans for the major sector risks that will enable us to be able to find and respond immediately to eradicate if these are found in NZ.  It also confirms cost sharing between MPI and KVH on a 50/50 basis for the costs involved.

Biosecurity News
26 January 2017
Super biosecurity puppies
26 January 2017
The Ministry for Primary Industries has a new litter of a super breed of biosecurity detector puppies. Born on 24 November from a beagle and a harrier hound it is the first time MPI had crossed these...
Super biosecurity puppies
26 January 2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries has a new litter of a super breed of biosecurity detector puppies. Born on 24 November from a beagle and a harrier hound it is the first time MPI had crossed these breeds for detection work.

MPI Detection Technology Manager Brett Hickman says MPI has high hopes for the puppies, which will grow to about the size of a labrador. "We normally use beagles as biosecurity dogs. The beagle-harrier crosses will be taller than beagles, making it easier for them to sniff backpacks and airport luggage stacked on trolleys."
 
If the new puppies pass their training, they will start work in 2018 detecting food and other items that pose biosecurity risk to New Zealand.
 
Mr Hickman says MPI has 60 biosecurity detector dog teams operating at New Zealand airports and ports. “They are an essential part of New Zealand’s biosecurity defences, particularly when it comes to locating seeds and other smaller risk items that can be hard to detect by baggage x-ray screening.”
 
Photo credit: David White/FairfaxNZ
 
Company Notices
12 January 2017
The year ahead for KVH
12 January 2017
January provides a good time to reflect on the year that has passed, as well as look forward to the year ahead. 2017 will be a big year for KVH, as we work towards our goal of a biosecurity resilient...
The year ahead for KVH
12 January 2017

January provides a good time to reflect on the year that has passed, as well as look forward to the year ahead. 2017 will be a big year for KVH, as we work towards our goal of a biosecurity resilient kiwifruit industry.

KVH will continue to utilise its position within government groups to actively influence decision-making to improve biosecurity within the industry. A Brown Marmorated Stink Bug operational agreement will be finalised early year, as well as a partnership agreement for a number of kiwifruit specific biosecurity risks, including Ceratocystis fimbriata.
 
At the end of 2016, the Ministry for Primary Industries released its Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement, which highlights five strategic directions to enable us to meet the challenges facing the biosecurity system. This year, KVH will be developing strategies to align with these key focus areas. 
 
Click here to read Chief Executive Barry O’Neil’s thoughts on the year ahead for KVH. 
 
 
 
 
Grower News
12 January 2017
New Year honour awarded to Geoff Thorpe (ONZM)
12 January 2017
KVH congratulates Riversun Nursery owner, Geoff Thorpe, who was made an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year Honours list.    Geoff’s award is for...
New Year honour awarded to Geoff Thorpe (ONZM)
12 January 2017

KVH congratulates Riversun Nursery owner, Geoff Thorpe, who was made an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year Honours list. 

 
Geoff’s award is for services to the wine industry, including his roles in introducing accredited virus testing, more than 120 new varieties and clones to the wine industry, and independently audited grapevine certification (resulting in the 2012 New Zealand Winegrowers Grafted Grapevine Standard).
 
Riversun Nursery is also part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), and Geoff has worked closely with KVH from early days to assist development of the KPCS (and the predecessor “KVH registered nursery” scheme), sharing his expertise and experience with grapevine and avocado plant certification. Geoff’s laboratory, Linnaeus Laboratory, also provided diagnostic capability during early stages of the Psa-V response and has carried out various research trials for Zespri and KVH that contributed to the Psa-V research effort.
 
Grower News
12 January 2017
New KPCS certified nursery
12 January 2017
Seedling Systems Ltd at 472 Glenbrook Beach Road in the Franklin region is now selling KPCS Fully Certified plants. Visit www.seedlingsystems.co.nz to find out more about them. For a full list...
New KPCS certified nursery
12 January 2017

Seedling Systems Ltd at 472 Glenbrook Beach Road in the Franklin region is now selling KPCS Fully Certified plants. Visit www.seedlingsystems.co.nz to find out more about them.

For a full list of KPCS certified nurseries and to find out more about the requirements of the KPCS, click here. 
 
Company Notices
12 January 2017
Get your gala dinner tickets
12 January 2017
Tickets for the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower gala dinner are now available to purchase from www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz.    Come along and support our industry’s talented...
Get your gala dinner tickets
12 January 2017
Tickets for the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower gala dinner are now available to purchase from www.bopyoungfruitgrower.co.nz
 
Come along and support our industry’s talented young horticulturalists, while MC Ruud Kleinpaste aka ‘The Bug Man’ keeps everyone entertained over a three-course meal and drinks. 
 
The gala dinner and awards night will be held on Wednesday 15 February at ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. Tickets are $90 each and tables of ten are available. Don’t miss out – get your tickets now. 
 
The Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition showcases and celebrates the horticultural industry's top young talent each year, developing skills and fostering leadership for our future leaders. 
 
Biosecurity News
12 January 2017
KVH visits fruit importers
12 January 2017
New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can strengthen...
KVH visits fruit importers
12 January 2017

New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can strengthen the system and further reduce the risk by not taking imported fruit into orchards or discarding waste material near vines. 

 
Prior to Christmas, KVH visited several fruit importers to raise awareness of biosecurity threats, highlight steps they can take to mitigate risk, and spread the message on the importance of biosecurity to our industry. We also distributed posters with great information on pests to look out for; for importers to display in their facilities. Thanks to the importers we visited, who were all very willing to listen and contribute ideas to improve biosecurity.
 
Company Notices
12 January 2017
KVH Board welcomes new Associate Director
12 January 2017
KVH has this week welcomed Dr Sonia Whiteman as an Associate Board Director, replacing Lorry Leydon who sat on the Board for two years. We thank Lorry for his service and look forward to his...
KVH Board welcomes new Associate Director
12 January 2017

KVH has this week welcomed Dr Sonia Whiteman as an Associate Board Director, replacing Lorry Leydon who sat on the Board for two years. We thank Lorry for his service and look forward to his reflections on his time with KVH in the next bulletin.

Sonia is the General Manager of Apata GROW - Apata's Orchard Management division. She has a technical background in horticulture including a Bachelor of Horticulture Science (with first class honours in plant protection) and a doctorate in plant diseases.

Sonia's career has spanned 20 years,  moving from Academia into Commerce, with a focus on accessing innovative science to support the various agriculture sectors.

Biosecurity is a subject close to Sonia's heart, having been in technical roles supporting growers during two major incursions. The first was the 2006 tomato/potato psyllid incursion and the associated bacterial disease liberibacter, followed by Psa in kiwifruit in 2010. Both events emphasised to Sonia the importance of industry awareness of biosecurity threats to ensure preparedness and support early detection.

"The reality of the situation is that raising the profile of biosecurity is challenging. Growers find it difficult to turn their mind to something that isn’t happening, or hasn't happened yet, when there are so many things that need to be dealt with right now. However, a major pest incursion is, in my view, the greatest threat facing the future success of our industry, so we need to understand these threats and be ready to act decisively and effectively if or when they are realised".

Sonia is excited about the opportunity to work with the KVH Board and staff to help advance the kiwifruit industry’s state of readiness.   

Biosecurity News
12 January 2017
Invasion of the BMSB
12 January 2017
Summer in New Zealand means high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) hitchhiking in packages, luggage, cargo and on people - potentially getting past our border and making a home...
Invasion of the BMSB
12 January 2017

Summer in New Zealand means high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) hitchhiking in packages, luggage, cargo and on people - potentially getting past our border and making a home here.

It is important that everyone understands the seriousness of a BMSB invasion, as it is not just a horticultural pest but a real lifestyle pest as well. Not only will they ruin crops and gardens, they will also infest buildings and houses.  BMSB likes to hide in dark spaces, cracks and crevices – so keep an eye out for them and if you think you’ve found one – CATCH IT, SNAP IT, REPORT IT to 0800 80 99 66.

Check out this video from the USA, where the ever-expanding BMSB population is taking over lifestyles. Share this video with your friends and family as everyone will be affected by this pest if it was to establish in New Zealand

 

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New Zealand

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