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Grower News
14 August 2019
Growers invited to share views on climate change
14 August 2019
We’re already experiencing changes to our climate and we’ll likely see more impacts over the coming decades, like severe weather events, water shortages and changes to disease risk....
Growers invited to share views on climate change
14 August 2019

We’re already experiencing changes to our climate and we’ll likely see more impacts over the coming decades, like severe weather events, water shortages and changes to disease risk. We’re keen to hear what growers think climate change will mean for them on-orchard and how prepared we are as an industry.

Zespri is holding two focus group sessions for growers to share their views.

When: 9am to 12 noon and 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Friday 6 September 2019
Where: Club Mount, 45 Kawaka St, Mount Maunganui
RSVP:
Growers interested in participating are asked to email their name, region, orchard size and cultivars grown to
info@nzkgi.org.nz.

Media Releases
12 August 2019
Auckland fruit fly detections
12 August 2019
Auckland fruit fly response to step-up again As we are nearing the end of winter, the fruit fly response in the Northcote area is about to step-up again, with the focus on maintaining controls...
Auckland fruit fly detections
12 August 2019

Auckland fruit fly response to step-up again

As we are nearing the end of winter, the fruit fly response in the Northcote area is about to step-up again, with the focus on maintaining controls and resuming baiting and more intensive trapping.

Since 26 April, an area of Northcote has been under a Controlled Area Notice, restricting the movement of certain fruit and vegetables out of controlled areas to help prevent the spread of any fruit flies that may still be in the vicinity. Along with the continued movement restrictions, a network of fruit fly surveillance traps which attract male fruit flies have remained in the area over winter and were regularly checked, with the last single male fruit fly detected in the current controlled area on 15 July.

We signalled at the start of winter that we would be stepping up again about now to ensure this significant pest does not establish in New Zealand. We won’t be relaxing our efforts until we are absolutely confident we are rid of these flies. We have found 10 flies in the Northcote area since February, and while we still haven’t found any evidence of larvae, pupae, eggs or female flies, the continued finds indicate that flies could remain in the area, albeit at very low levels.

People in Northcote will be given advanced notice if bait is to be placed in their property, and they will be provided with detailed information about the bait and what’s happening.

Detailed maps of the controlled areas, a full description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules are available on the
Biosecurity New Zealand website.

Grower News
8 August 2019
Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day
8 August 2019
Join KVH and Zespri, as well as special guest speakers, on Wednesday 23 October 2019 for a morning dedicated to learning more about the initiatives underway to protect the New Zealand kiwifruit...
Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day
8 August 2019

Join KVH and Zespri, as well as special guest speakers, on Wednesday 23 October 2019 for a morning dedicated to learning more about the initiatives underway to protect the New Zealand kiwifruit industry from unwanted pests and diseases.

The day will include an exclusive session with Professor Acelino Alfenas from Clonar / University of Vicosa, Brazil who will discuss research into Brazilian Wilt, a soil-borne disease of concern and the importance of traceability. Presentations will also cover BMSB preparedness and on-orchard management, and latest news and lessons from research initiatives.

When: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Where: Mount Surf Club, Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui
RSVP:
online here 

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
BMSB warning to importers
8 August 2019
Biosecurity New Zealand has sent a stark message to shippers, agents, and importers that imported cargo must meet new rules intended to keep Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) out of New...
BMSB warning to importers
8 August 2019

Biosecurity New Zealand has sent a stark message to shippers, agents, and importers that imported cargo must meet new rules intended to keep Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) out of New Zealand.

The importing industry needs to be aware that high-risk cargo that hasn't been treated before arrival will not be allowed to come ashore in most instances. The aim is to keep out the highly invasive pest that could devastate New Zealand's horticulture industry if it established here. 

The new rules were formally issued by Biosecurity New Zealand in late July. They require offshore treatment of imported vehicles, machinery, and parts from 33 identified risk countries, and all sea containers from Italy during the stink bug season. In the past, only uncontainerised vehicle cargo from risk countries required treatment before arriving in New Zealand.

Similar to previous years, this season will see increased surveillance and inspection of arriving vessels and cargo from countries with established stink bug populations.

Find out more about the new rules here.

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
Kiwifruit represented in Biosecurity Act overhaul
8 August 2019
Workshops involving key stakeholders are currently underway across the country for the review of the Biosecurity Act, which was announced by the Minister for Biosecurity last month.   Our...
Kiwifruit represented in Biosecurity Act overhaul
8 August 2019

Workshops involving key stakeholders are currently underway across the country for the review of the Biosecurity Act, which was announced by the Minister for Biosecurity last month.  

Our biosecurity system is underpinned by the Biosecurity Act, which provides the legal framework for Biosecurity New Zealand and other organisations to help keep harmful organisms out of the country. It also provides the framework for how we respond, and manage organisms, if any make it into the country.

KVH attended the Tauranga workshop on behalf of the kiwifruit industry last week, to begin working through a number of key topics including the purpose and principles of the Act, pest management, the import health system, funding and Government Industry Agreements (GIA), compensation, and on-farm/orchard biosecurity practices. From here, Biosecurity New Zealand - who are running the workshops and overhaul process – will use information collected at the workshops as part of an initial review of aspects of the Act that need to be addressed quickly, particularly around funding for biosecurity responses, and how decision-making works between government and industry partners. There will be a public consultation process for this initial stage later this year.

There will also be a second, more extensive and longer wave of work looking at issues that impact New Zealand’s environmental, social and cultural outcomes. Public consultation for this will occur in the second half of 2020.

KVH will continue to be involved in the process over time, ensuring kiwifruit growers influence the development of a new Act. Everyone will have a chance to have a say – we’ll provide updates once formal public consultation begins. You can read more about the overhaul and the Minister’s announcement
here.

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
New Whangarei Psa-positive orchard
8 August 2019
A further Psa result has been confirmed on a Whangarei orchard this week bringing the total positives in this region to six. Red exudate was observed on one G3 trunk girdle on an orchard which is in...
New Whangarei Psa-positive orchard
8 August 2019

A further Psa result has been confirmed on a Whangarei orchard this week bringing the total positives in this region to six.

Red exudate was observed on one G3 trunk girdle on an orchard which is in close proximity to other positive orchards in the region.

Growers in this and other regions with Not Detected orchards should be monitoring regularly to identify any symptoms. Look for cane dieback and check carefully around any wounds (i.e. grafts, girdles). Young plants are generally more at risk, as are stressed vines or those in cold, damp areas.

There have been a number of high-risk weather events recently and we are coming up to the spring infection period, so it is important to maintain a good protectant spray programme and good hygiene practices.

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
Biosecurity a top priority for Farmlands
8 August 2019
Last week Farmlands Horticulture provided an opportunity for KVH to present an extended biosecurity update their annual subtropical crops technical update in Mount Maunganui. This reflected their...
Biosecurity a top priority for Farmlands
8 August 2019

Last week Farmlands Horticulture provided an opportunity for KVH to present an extended biosecurity update their annual subtropical crops technical update in Mount Maunganui. This reflected their acknowledgement of biosecurity as a key risk to their shareholder businesses.

KVH Director Simon Cook presented on his Nuffield scholarship travels, sharing insights on the impact of citrus greening in Florida, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursion in Chile and the challenging TR4 Banana Panama disease in Queensland. Simon strongly promoted the message of farm gate biosecurity as a key part of protecting horticultural investments.

Erin Lane, KVH’s Biosecurity Analyst provided updates on BMSB at the border, the ongoing fruit fly response and the industry’s “most unwanted” threat list. Discussion of industry readiness plans for Phytophthora illustrated how biosecurity threats can be vectored by people, machinery and soil, and a year in review session reflected on industry and grower reported pests and vine symptoms, some of which have led to new research projects.

The value of a collective approach to produce results was a key take-home message.  KVH acknowledged the on-the-ground expertise of the Farmlands team and the ongoing support provided to growers and industry through their efforts towards lifting awareness around biosecurity on a day-to-day basis. 

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
In the news
8 August 2019
Depressingly impressive BMSB infestation: Max Suckling tweeted a video of BMSB on the Fondazione Edmund Mach apple research mower in Trentino, Italy, reminding us of the infestation levels this bug...
In the news
8 August 2019

Depressingly impressive BMSB infestation: Max Suckling tweeted a video of BMSB on the Fondazione Edmund Mach apple research mower in Trentino, Italy, reminding us of the infestation levels this bug can reach and why we don’t want it here.

Fijian passenger denied entry: A traveller from Fiji was refused entry into New Zealand after attempting to smuggle in seeds and other fresh plant material. Biosecurity New Zealand officers found four different seed types and fresh chillies in the traveller’s baggage.

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
KPCS nurseries come together
8 August 2019
More than 30 nurseries were represented alongside KVH earlier this week at a forum to strengthen communication and partnership with nurseries who are part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification...
KPCS nurseries come together
8 August 2019

More than 30 nurseries were represented alongside KVH earlier this week at a forum to strengthen communication and partnership with nurseries who are part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).

There were several informative presentations during the event, as well as discussions and feedback opportunities.

Growers should have confidence that kiwifruit nurseries are effectively and efficiently managing the biosecurity risks associated with kiwifruit rootstock movement through their compliance with the KPCS. Other industries also have similar schemes in place, with their growers recognising the value of certified plants.

Sourcing and tracing clean plant material – the fundamentals of the KPCS – are also one of the steps in the new Kiwifruit Growers Biosecurity Guidelines. Growers can reduce risk associated with plant material by following movement controls, inspecting all material when it arrives on the orchard, and keeping records that are up-to-date. A template and check sheet are included in the guidelines booklet (Step 3).

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
Stink bug threatens Italian kiwifruit
8 August 2019
Fruit crops including pears, apples and kiwifruit in some of Italy's major producing regions are reportedly under grave threat following an unusually widespread outbreak of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug...
Stink bug threatens Italian kiwifruit
8 August 2019

Fruit crops including pears, apples and kiwifruit in some of Italy's major producing regions are reportedly under grave threat following an unusually widespread outbreak of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

The insect is said to be worryingly prevalent this year across much of northern Italy, including Piedmont Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Trentino-South Tyrol and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

According to reports, the outbreak is so serious that some believe it threatens to wipe out Italy's entire pear crop, with estimated potential damage to that sector alone ranging from €250m to in excess of €400m (around $430m - $685m NZD) and the government has been called on to set up an emergency committee to tackle the problem, which has been further aggravated by an unseasonable climate.

A local agricultural body has confirmed the bug has been detected in Italy's so-called golden quadrilateral, an area linking Ferrara, Modena, Bologna and Ravenna that is responsible for producing almost three-quarters of the country's pear crop. The group's regional president said, “the reality is beyond our imagination and even more negative than any ominous initial forecast".

KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings will be in Italy in a few weeks attending the annual IKO (International Kiwifruit Organization) convention to discuss biosecurity and plant health with global producers, including Italian counterparts. He will also take the opportunity to visit research providers in USA to see field application of control work for both BMSB and Spotted Lanternfly. Post-convention he will visit some Italian orchards and nurseries to assess biosecurity issues that they face in their kiwifruit production.

R&D News
8 August 2019
Psa research session provides important updates
8 August 2019
Although growers have learnt to live with Psa, the kiwifruit industry still feels the impact of this disease on a daily basis. Through the Zespri/KVH Innovation portfolio investments are made to...
Psa research session provides important updates
8 August 2019

Although growers have learnt to live with Psa, the kiwifruit industry still feels the impact of this disease on a daily basis. Through the Zespri/KVH Innovation portfolio investments are made to improve the tools we have in our toolbox for managing Psa.

A session this earlier this week at Baypark was designed for growers, contractors, post-harvest and merchants to profile our objectives for future Psa management, current research activities, and key research outcomes from the past year.

More than 100 people attended the science update. Growers heard from a range of speakers including Marisa Til from Plant & Food Research who outlined the latest understanding around breeding new cultivars and rootstocks for resistance.

Growers were also involved in discussions about challenges with managing Psa and on on-orchard practices such as girdling and budrot, and cut-out.

Zespri and KVH provided updates on the future focus of Psa products, including products in the pipeline and how to get the best out of Aureo Gold. The day ended with a presentation from Linda Peacock at KVH on Psa Best Practice.

Videos from the day will be available shortly and will be included in the next Bulletin.

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
Award winning BMSB campagin
8 August 2019
We were thrilled when we heard the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign was recognised at the New Zealand Emergency Media and Public Affairs awards last week. The campaign, which...
Award winning BMSB campagin
8 August 2019

We were thrilled when we heard the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign was recognised at the New Zealand Emergency Media and Public Affairs awards last week.

The campaign, which was a tied first-place winner in the ‘Readiness and Resilience Category’, is a joint effort between Biosecurity New Zealand and industry groups who make up the BMSB Council under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partnership and aims to raise awareness amongst growers and the wider public about the importance of keeping this unwanted pest out of the country, how to identify it, and how to report any suspected finds.

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