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Company Notices
22 October 2021
Listen to the latest news
22 October 2021
Snapshot is the podcast from KVH. Every month the KVH team brings you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and...
Listen to the latest news
22 October 2021

Snapshot is the podcast from KVH.

Every month the KVH team brings you a summary of recent news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and reminders of upcoming events. Sit back and enjoy the content, knowing you’ll never miss out on all the latest happenings.

The Snapshot is free and available on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes. Download the latest episode and subscribe today so that new episodes are automatically sent to you.

We hope you enjoy listening and look forward to your feedback.

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
21 October 2021
Buying or moving machinery?
21 October 2021
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) manages biosecurity risk on behalf of New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry. For many years now we have successfully prevented the bacteria Psa entering the South Island,...
Buying or moving machinery?
21 October 2021

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) manages biosecurity risk on behalf of New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry. For many years now we have successfully prevented the bacteria Psa entering the South Island, by all working together to ensure the rules in place around moving risk items are known and understood.

There are strict requirements supported by the Biosecurity Act, that prohibit kiwifruit plants, budwood or pollen being moved from any North Island location to the South Island. There are also rules for the movement of machinery.

Second-hand tractors or sprayers often have kiwifruit leaves lodged behind fans, radiators, in wheel arches or in difficult to access areas such as behind a battery box.  Any damp, fresh leaves could easily carry Psa to a South Island kiwifruit orchard and Psa can travel for up to 10kms on a windy day.

KVH would like to remind all growers, particularly those in the South Island, of the following:

·         If possible, source machinery and tools from a South Island location.

·         If this is not possible, any second-hand machinery, tools or orchard equipment can only move from a North Island kiwifruit orchard to the South Island kiwifruit growing region, with permission from KVH.

·         The machinery will be inspected by KVH before permission is provided. Everything must be pristinely clean, washed and sanitised with a product such as Virkon. Often tractors must be partially disassembled to ensure all leaf material is removed.

·         The machinery will be reinspected on arrival and likely re-sanitised.

Best practice for new equipment is for it to move from the overseas manufacturer directly to the South Island, and not via a North Island location such as Te Puke. 

KVH asks all growers to be mindful of these biosecurity requirements and speak with us if there are any questions or concerns. 

If you think you may need permission for the movement of machinery, tools or equipment please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or info@kvh.org.nz.  

Company Notices
19 October 2021
KVH Associate Director vacancy
19 October 2021
KVH has an exciting development opportunity for a future leader within the kiwifruit industry. We are seeking an upcoming leader to join the Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated Board of Directors as...
KVH Associate Director vacancy
19 October 2021

KVH has an exciting development opportunity for a future leader within the kiwifruit industry.

We are seeking an upcoming leader to join the Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated Board of Directors as an Associate Director.

This opportunity will expose the successful applicant to gain experience in governance, leadership and strategy while bringing his/her own industry knowledge and experience to the KVH Board table.   

The Associate Director will also have the opportunity to be mentored by an industry leader and a contribution from KVH towards their governance training. 

This is a non-voting role however the Board seeks full participation in meetings and will welcome constructive contributions from the Associate Director in the workings of the Board. 

For further information or a copy of the position description please contact Jacqui Craig on 0800 665 825. 

Please email your current CV and application letter to Jacqui Craig at jacqui.craig@kvh.org.nz.

Applications close Monday 8 November 2021.

Protocols & Movement Controls
14 October 2021
Mandatory monitoring results due
14 October 2021
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with Psa ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring with results due to KVH by...
Mandatory monitoring results due
14 October 2021

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with Psa ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring with results due to KVH by 31 October. To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available here. 

Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form. If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required. This mandatory monitoring round is an excellent opportunity to meet monitoring requirements.

Protocols & Movement Controls
14 October 2021
Budwood suppliers reminded of need to monitor this spring
14 October 2021
Budwood suppliers have been reminded there are some changes in the proposed new Pathway Management Plan that KVH recommends implementing now, so that you are prepared for when the...
Budwood suppliers reminded of need to monitor this spring
14 October 2021

Budwood suppliers have been reminded there are some changes in the proposed new Pathway Management Plan that KVH recommends implementing now, so that you are prepared for when the proposal comes into effect from 1 April 2022 – including the need to undertake monitoring now if you intend to supply next year.

The proposed Pathway Plan includes specific requirements for the movement of budwood, which are very similar to current requirements under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP), but are not limited to the single organism Psa.

To meet the requirements of the proposed new Pathway Plan, budwood suppliers will need to:

  • Register with KVH as a budwood supplier.
  • Monitor your orchard this spring and tag any unhealthy/symptomatic vines. These vines must not be used for budwood collection. Spring monitoring is already a requirement under the NPMP so you will be monitoring your orchard at this time anyway. If you are considering supplying budwood in 2022, it is important that you undertake monitoring now.
  • You need to maintain records of this monitoring (ideally including the number of vines tagged and the blocks they are in).
  • For ‘Not Detected’ orchards, Psa testing is required for verification of orchard status (as per current state under the NPMP). However, we have changed our sampling protocol to provide a higher level of confidence at the same cost per sample.
  • Complete a budwood biosecurity plan (which will be in a manual form). Budwood suppliers will already have been submitting a Budwood Risk Management Plan under current NPMP requirements.

Those who distribute budwood, but are not an orchard (including Zespri, nurseries grafters and others) must source budwood only from certified suppliers and will need to register with KVH and maintain traceability records. For nurseries, these distribution/traceability requirements are already in place under the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).

KVH has distributed detailed information, including a copy of the draft budwood manual KVH has produced for suppliers (for when the Pathway Plan is implemented), If you would like to know more, please contact info@kvh.org.nz.

Company Notices
14 October 2021
Help us help you - take our survey
14 October 2021
We’re running a short survey about the ways in which we share information with you, and how often. We’re working to raise awareness about good biosecurity practice, the benefits these...
Help us help you - take our survey
14 October 2021

We’re running a short survey about the ways in which we share information with you, and how often.

We’re working to raise awareness about good biosecurity practice, the benefits these can bring, and the potentially devastating impacts of another incursion on our orchards. In doing this, we need to learn more about the ways you prefer us to keep in touch with you and how we can get important information under your nose.

This survey will give us a clearer picture of what we should do more of and what we should do less of so that we’re better serving growers by providing the information and resources needed.

Your views are important – please take part (it will only take a few minutes to complete) and help us work together to continue protecting New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from unwanted pest and disease threats. Complete the survey here.

All responses are anonymous and will be kept confidential to KVH. 

Biosecurity News
14 October 2021
It would be stink .....
14 October 2021
A new advertising campaign is kicking off to increase public awareness about why brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is such a nasty pest. Jointly funded by industry groups like KVH, alongside...
It would be stink .....
14 October 2021

A new advertising campaign is kicking off to increase public awareness about why brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is such a nasty pest.

Jointly funded by industry groups like KVH, alongside Biosecurity New Zealand, the campaign is similar to last year and features the tagline, “It would be stink if these got into New Zealand.”

The print and digital ads will encourage people to notify Biosecurity New Zealand on the hotline (0800 80 99 66) if they spot what could be a BMSB.

Target audiences include online shoppers, DIY enthusiasts and people watching TV shows featuring biosecurity such as Border Patrol and Dog Squad. We are also thinking about targeting those watching news relating to COVID-19. From a biosecurity perspective, there are similarities between the pandemic and a potential BMSB infestation.

This joint BMSB awareness campaign has now been running for seven years. To assess the ongoing effectiveness of these efforts, an independent market research company has been contracted. We want the survey to gauge the extent of BMSB awareness in the community and among our target groups. We will use the results to fine-tune the current and future campaigns.

Read more about BMSB impacts on kiwifruit, and preparedness efforts in case it were ever to establish, here.

Biosecurity News
14 October 2021
We are coming to you: lets develop your biosecurity plan
14 October 2021
KVH’s biosecurity workshops are a good place to start addressing your on-orchard biosecurity programme so that you can develop a plan that suits your property and manages your biosecurity...
We are coming to you: lets develop your biosecurity plan
14 October 2021

KVH’s biosecurity workshops are a good place to start addressing your on-orchard biosecurity programme so that you can develop a plan that suits your property and manages your biosecurity risk.

These are 2.5-hour workshops, where biosecurity experts from the kiwifruit industry will talk you through the benefits of having an on-orchard biosecurity plan and identify key practices to help you enhance biosecurity measures on the orchard as well as manage the threat of unwanted pests and diseases. Having such a plan is a Zespri GAP requirement. Attending the workshop will help with that achievement.

The workshops are open to all growers. Orchard management teams and people responsible for more than one orchard or property are encouraged to attend the workshop together. Taking a workshop is a first step in creating a biosecurity plan for your operation and identifying any gaps in your current practices that could be putting your orchard at risk.

For those who have filled out the current Kiwifruit Growers On-Orchard Biosecurity Guidelines, we recommend you bring this resource with you to the workshop as a new version of the booklet is what we will be working through on the day and it may be useful in identifying questions you have.

View the roadshow schedule here and be sure to RSVP to save your spot.

We’re also looking to run several events throughout the Bay of Plenty with post-harvest and are busily organising these. Any post-harvest that would like to take part with their growers and co-host alongside KVH, please get in touch.

Biosecurity News
14 October 2021
Biosecurity day reminder
14 October 2021
Join KVH and Zespri at the Kiwifruit Grower Biosecurity Day.  The morning will be dedicated to learning more about research initiatives underway to protect the New Zealand kiwifruit industry...
Biosecurity day reminder
14 October 2021

Join KVH and Zespri at the Kiwifruit Grower Biosecurity Day.  The morning will be dedicated to learning more about research initiatives underway to protect the New Zealand kiwifruit industry from unwanted pests and diseases.

At the event, guest speakers will share with you research updates from the last 12 months, provide an update from across the biosecurity research space, and work alongside you to help shape our research priorities going forward. See the full agenda here.

Where: Trustpower Arena
When: Thursday 11 November 2021, 9.00am 
RSVP: Online here (all events are dependent on COVID-19 Alert Levels and will be adapted or postponed if required)

Biosecurity News
14 October 2021
In the news
14 October 2021
Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) a shocking expense to homeowners: CBS News published an interesting and extensive article on this unwanted pest, which is proving to be harmful in the USA not only to...
In the news
14 October 2021

Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) a shocking expense to homeowners: CBS News published an interesting and extensive article on this unwanted pest, which is proving to be harmful in the USA not only to orchardists and farmers but also to homeowners, who can face costs of thousands of dollars to eradicate it from their properties. 

UK stink bug discovery raises fears of threat to crops: a lone brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has been caught in a public garden in Surrey, within weeks of the setting up of a pheromone trap. The adult may be a stowaway brought in on imported goods or part of an undiscovered local population.

Biosecurity News
14 October 2021
Fun Fact
14 October 2021
Bug sniffers are on patrol! There will be at least three stink bug-sniffing dogs patrolling the border this high-risk season. The specialist dogs have been used successfully since 2017 for...
Fun Fact
14 October 2021

Bug sniffers are on patrol! There will be at least three stink bug-sniffing dogs patrolling the border this high-risk season.

The specialist dogs have been used successfully since 2017 for screening of cargo and surveillance of transitional facilities and other sites.

Five dogs have been trained to detect brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) under Biosecurity New Zealand’s world-first programme. Labrador Georgie was the first, but is due for retirement, as is her canine colleague Nova. That leaves Bodie, Yamba, and Ally to pick up the reins.

Prior to lockdown, Biosecurity New Zealand were actively looking for new dogs with bug-sniffing potential but found nothing suitable. The search continues …….

Biosecurity News
14 October 2021
Psa product choice through to flowering
14 October 2021
The Psa Risk Model indicates few breaks in Psa risk over the next 10 days for kiwifruit growing regions. Friday and Saturday are forecast as fine - allowing growers a short window for sprays,...
Psa product choice through to flowering
14 October 2021

The Psa Risk Model indicates few breaks in Psa risk over the next 10 days for kiwifruit growing regions.

Friday and Saturday are forecast as fine - allowing growers a short window for sprays, pre-flower (Hayward) girdles, and bud thinning but risk then rises again to moderate by early next week. A predicted fine Tuesday is followed again by risk periods from midweek through to Labour weekend.

This year Psa risk has been challenging most areas and growers are urged to maintain good protection to avoid the characteristic flush of leafspot and flower bud browning typically see around the end of October.

Some Gold and Hayward growers have reported early signs of sepal infection particularly in male vines, so protecting flowers for optimal pollination, and keeping flowers planned for milling, free of infection is key.

With Red19 blocks already in flower, choose products carefully to avoid risk of spray drift residues from adjacent blocks or neighbouring orchards.  Kasumin may be applied up to three weeks before flowering, with this window closing quickly for many Gold growers, so products such as Aureo Gold can also be considered. Where Psa pressure is considered extreme a JA for bactericide application may be available.

If you are concerned about especially high levels of Psa in your orchard, email KVH or phone us on 0800 665 825 to arrange sampling to check for product resistance.

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Kiwifruit Vine Health

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Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz