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Company Notices
21 September 2017
Committed to biosecurity and ready to act
21 September 2017
KVH’s strategy through to 2020 ensures we continue to be an effective and focused industry body. The strategy reflects the significant change KVH has been through since our inception in 2011...
Committed to biosecurity and ready to act
21 September 2017

KVH’s strategy through to 2020 ensures we continue to be an effective and focused industry body.

The strategy reflects the significant change KVH has been through since our inception in 2011 when activities focused on Psa, to an organisation that now leads biosecurity protection on behalf of kiwifruit growers and industry. It’s based on a three-pronged defence – protection, readiness and response, and management.  

What does this mean in practical terms?

When we talk about protection, we’re talking about the work KVH does to help stop any biosecurity risk before it reaches our border (through global scanning to identify new risks and influencing government and industry) and ensuring nothing arrives here that we didn’t already know about.

This includes influencing policy setting and working with regulators to develop legislation that affects the industry. We’re a key Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partner, achieving maximum value in the delivery of cost-effective biosecurity operations. Read more here.

We focus on readiness and response activities so the industry is prepared and ready to respond quickly to any incursion. This involves having robust plans that are explicit about the roles and responsibilities all parties have, testing the plans (through simulations and workshops), and making sure everyone involved has the tools, systems and resources they need. Read more about our most recent incursion exercise here.

In the event of an incursion, KVH will lead ongoing management including on-orchard management strategies, making sure the industry is well coordinated, and assuring alignment with any Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) activities. A big part of this work is promoting ‘best practice’ to reduce biosecurity risk to growers.

Underpinning the strategy is a comprehensive communications awareness campaign and a KVH/Zespri funded Research and Development programme that is providing pragmatic solutions to some of our biggest biosecurity issues.

The KVH Strategy 2017-2020 has been designed as a short, easy-to-read leaflet available online (growers will also have received a printed copy recently in their AGM packs) and includes a plan for how we'll operate to achieve results. 

Actigard™ is an important product for Psa management and should be incorporated into spring spray programmes alongside copper, to help protect new growth which is highly susceptible to Psa infection.

Actigard™ has systemic activity, and activates the plants natural defence systems within four to seven days of application. The active ingredient acidbenzolar-S-methyl is taken up rapidly, making the product effectively “rain proof” one hour after spraying. It moves both upwards and outwards into new growth and downwards to lower leaves and roots.

Trials have shown Actigard™ reduces leaf spot and flower bud infection and should be considered, particularly in areas where early signs of Psa infection have been found.

For mature vines, time first applications after leaves have reached 25mm in diameter, and for newly grafted vines (Gold3) begin applying Actigard™ once grafts are around 25cm long. Delay application if vines are under stress and ensure full label rates (20g/100L) are used. Repeat applications can be made 21 days later.  A second key application timing for Actigard™ is one to seven days prior to flowering, when other options for Psa control are limited and infection risk remains high. A maximum of four applications per season applies.

Refer to the Kiwifruit Technote Spring 2017.

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
21 September 2017
Spring Psa spray programme
21 September 2017
As bud break in Gold3 is advanced in many regions, and Hayward bud break is upon us, growers are looking to protect new growth from Psa. It is important growers develop and implement protective...
Spring Psa spray programme
21 September 2017

As bud break in Gold3 is advanced in many regions, and Hayward bud break is upon us, growers are looking to protect new growth from Psa.

It is important growers develop and implement protective spray programmes that follow recommended best practice, including using recommended label rates and following product use conditions.

All growers looking to use bactericides should ensure they comply with the additional requirements associated with these products, including the completion of an Orchard Psa IPM Strategy (OPIS) "intent to spray" form and site inspection forms.

Further spray information details are also available on the KVH website.

Protocols & Movement Controls
21 September 2017
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
21 September 2017
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that this winter has...
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
21 September 2017

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that this winter has been very challenging with more wet weather than usual and that pruning and tying down is still being completed on some orchards. 

If an orchardist or orchard manager thinks they are unlikely to meet the 1 October timeframe, contact KVH so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Protocols & Movement Controls
21 September 2017
Mandatory monitoring underway
21 September 2017
All growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring between now and 15...
Mandatory monitoring underway
21 September 2017

All growers in ‘Exclusion’ regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring between now and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October.

All growers in the Whangarei region (where a Controlled Area notice remains in place) are required to carry out additional monitoring and report their results on the following dates:

•    6 October
•    27 October
•    10 November
•    1 December

To assist growers, an
online monitoring form is available. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form.

Biosecurity News
21 September 2017
Holographic fruit fly
21 September 2017
New hologram technology is being used to educate international travellers about the importance of biosecurity. The prototype hologram greets visitors at Auckland International Airport by giving...
Holographic fruit fly
21 September 2017

New hologram technology is being used to educate international travellers about the importance of biosecurity.

The prototype hologram greets visitors at Auckland International Airport by giving them a 3D display of biosecurity risk items and explains why we don’t want them in New Zealand.

The display has been initiated by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and will show prohibited items, initially focussing on fruit carried inside luggage. It then follows a hitchhiking fruit fly and the potential damage that it could do to an orchard and the fruit industry. Mounted atop a purpose-built unit, the display doubles as a bin where visitors can ditch any biosecurity hazards they might still have on them.

Watch
a short video of the hologram in action.

Biosecurity News
21 September 2017
Fruit fly readiness planning
21 September 2017
Readiness and response activities for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) have been a focus of many articles in The Bulletin lately, but there is also plenty of similar readiness work underway for...
Fruit fly readiness planning
21 September 2017

Readiness and response activities for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) have been a focus of many articles in The Bulletin lately, but there is also plenty of similar readiness work underway for other organisms, both within the kiwifruit industry and at a national level.

Fruit fly in particular remains a high priority given the market access implications that can result from incursions of this pest.


While we are relatively well prepared for fruit fly with a tried and tested response plan, and a surveillance grid of around 8,000 pheromone traps checked on a fortnightly basis, incursions can still be costly to our industry as a result of market access restrictions. Horticultural sectors and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are working together on a shared work programme under Government Industry Agreements (GIA) to improve our readiness and reduce the impact of any future fruit fly incursion. Projects are cost shared and delivered under the Fruit Fly Council and Technical Working Group, which KVH is represented on.

As September marks the beginning of the high-risk season for fruit fly incursions, MPI is also beginning their summer campaign to reduce the likelihood of incursions. One initiative underway is the use of new hologram technology at Auckland International Airport to educate travellers about the damage a hitchhiking fruit fly could do to New Zealand orchards.

Biosecurity News
21 September 2017
Growers must not be afraid to report suspect finds
21 September 2017
We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result. Remember, there are...
Growers must not be afraid to report suspect finds
21 September 2017

We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result. Remember, there are no likely 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 eradiction – if we don’t report and miss this window, any one of a number of unwanted pests could establish and be a challenge we have to deal with forever.

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Improved import requirements help manage BMSB risk
7 September 2017
KVH continues to advocate strongly on behalf of the industry for strict and appropriate biosecurity border controls, and we’re pleased with the recent announcement from the Ministry for Primary...
Improved import requirements help manage BMSB risk
7 September 2017

KVH continues to advocate strongly on behalf of the industry for strict and appropriate biosecurity border controls, and we’re pleased with the recent announcement from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) of amendments to requirements for the import of vehicles, machinery and other equipment including tyres, from Italy.

During the 2016/2017 risk period, MPI recorded 152 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) interception events associated with finds of both dead and live BMSB on new and used items. MPI inspectors were unable to differentiate between those insects that may have been dead or live on reaching the New Zealand border as fumigation was also conducted immediately after arrival and would have killed any live specimens.

Italy was found to be the origin of 57% of these interception events, and of the 17 BMSB aggregations (larger groups of insects) that were found, 13 (76%) were of Italian origin. MPI are also aware that in areas with high BMSB populations, vehicles and machinery that are manufactured or stored there are highly infested. For example, one vehicle brand of Italian origin was found to be 50% infested with BMSB at the port of export.

To manage the significant risk of BMSB infestation in these items, the Import Health Standard – which specifies the requirements that must be met to manage biosecurity risk associated with importing goods and getting biosecurity clearance for them – has been modified to include more targeted measures around fumigation and making sure that MPI approved management systems are used.

The new requirements apply for the duration of the high-risk season of September 2017 through to April 2018. MPI has signalled that it intends to further revise the standard, in consultation with importers and exporters, before the end of April 2018 to ensure potential BMSB risk continues to be well managed. KVH will also be involved in this process.

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
World expert helps the kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
7 September 2017
Last week KVH and Zespri hosted two international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts, Dr Tracy Leskey and Dr Kim Hoelmer, to refine our approach for managing this pest should it manage to...
World expert helps the kiwifruit industry prepare for BMSB
7 September 2017

Last week KVH and Zespri hosted two international Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts, Dr Tracy Leskey and Dr Kim Hoelmer, to refine our approach for managing this pest should it manage to establish in New Zealand.

They attended a meeting with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other horticultural sectors where they provided input into our national response plan for BMSB, including how we would respond to an initial detection, and attempts at eradication.

Dr Leskey also presented to kiwifruit growers early in the week. The entomologist and researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) discussed BMSB with more than 100 people who packed into The Orchard Church in Te Puke to learn more about the unwanted pests impacts on horticulture, post-harvest facilities, and residential areas in the USA.

Dr Leskey went into detail about actions underway in the USA to manage BMSB in crops; the importance of collecting good dispersal and behavioural information about the bug; effective insecticides; biological control options; and various border strategies such as traps and trap crops like sorghum and sunflower.

As a coordinator of StopBMSB – one of the world’s largest research initiatives into BMSB, involving more than 50 researchers across 18 organisations – Dr Leskey will continue to work with KVH and Zespri to fill knowledge gaps around our New Zealand eradication plans, as well as potential long term management and control options within kiwifruit orchards.

Much of what Dr Leskey discussed is mentioned in the StopBMSB integrated pest management fact sheet available online, which provides a synopsis of what researchers have learned so far, and management recommendations using an integrated approach.

Growers at the meeting watched a new video demonstrating the impacts BMSB has had on gold kiwifruit in Italy – you can view it on the KVH YouTube channel here.

KVH detailed the work being done to ensure the New Zealand kiwifruit industry is prepared for BMSB, including a promising control strategy in the form of a biological control (the Samurai Wasp), in the latest KVH Annual Report. More information about response and long term management plans should the bug establish in New Zealand, is also available on the BMSB page of the KVH website.
 

Company Notices
7 September 2017
Farewell to KVH Board member
7 September 2017
Kiwifruit Supplier Representative, Alister Hawkey, has stood down from his position on the KVH Board after completing his two-year appointment. The Board thank Mr Hawkey for his contribution since...
Farewell to KVH Board member
7 September 2017

Kiwifruit Supplier Representative, Alister Hawkey, has stood down from his position on the KVH Board after completing his two-year appointment.

The Board thank Mr Hawkey for his contribution since his appointment in October 2015. Alister has played a major part in the transition of KVH from being an organisation solely Psa focused, to one that is better prepared and ready to respond to the many biosecurity threats faced by the kiwifruit industry. We wish him all the best.

The Kiwifruit Supplier Group (KSG) is currently going through the process of appointing a new representative, who will join the KVH Board from October.
 

Biosecurity News
7 September 2017
Spring brings Psa symptoms
7 September 2017
As spring sap starts to flow and vines come out of winter dormancy, Psa symptoms will become more visible. Spring is a high-risk season for Psa, and growers, particularly those on early sites, are...
Spring brings Psa symptoms
7 September 2017

As spring sap starts to flow and vines come out of winter dormancy, Psa symptoms will become more visible.

Spring is a high-risk season for Psa, and growers, particularly those on early sites, are recommended to start monitoring their vines to understand how Psa is unfolding on their orchards.

Focus on high-risk plants/areas, paying particular attention to areas where application of a full Psa spray programme has been compromised due to difficult or impossible ground conditions through the autumn and winter period.

Be sure to remove infected material promptly to reduce the risk of Psa spread.

Throughout spring, growers should focus on minimising leaf spot and flower bud infection and maintain copper cover, including Actiguard™ and consider CPPU products.

Reports from the Bay of Plenty, Franklin and Gisborne regions over the past fortnight indicate some Gold3 growers are seeing active cankers with incidence more widespread than last year. More symptoms have been reported for M91 males.  Some Waihi, Waikato, Whanganui and Hawkes Bay growers report symptoms extending across both male and female Gold3 vines.

Click here for a photo gallery of symptoms recently reported to KVH.

A reminder, growers can use the Psa-V Risk Model to help identify upcoming risk periods and to assist with the timing of protective sprays. Click here to register to use the model if you haven’t already.

The new Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2017-18 is also a handy reference tool and is included in your latest Zespri Kiwiflier. It is also available to view or download from the KVH website. A key feature of the chart is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the approved products for protection against Psa-V, their year-round application rates, and permitted use periods.

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