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15 March 2019
Auckland fruit fly detections under investigation
15 March 2019
Regular situation updates about the 2019 fruit fly responses in Auckland are available here. Information about fruit flies, including restrictions on moving and selling fruit and vegetables, and...
Auckland fruit fly detections under investigation
15 March 2019

Regular situation updates about the 2019 fruit fly responses in Auckland are available here. Information about fruit flies, including restrictions on moving and selling fruit and vegetables, and Export Restricton Zones, is available here.  


Two further male Queensland Fruit Flies (QFF) have been found in Northcote, bringing the total to six. One of the new finds is inside the current Zone A and the other is in Zone B. The latest finds will mean an expansion of Zone A in Northcote and associated restrictions on the movement of fruit, vegetables and green waste. Zone A now extends south to the bottom of the Northcote Point.

These recent finds mean the response is zeroing in on the Northcote flies and the operational response can be increased. Teams on the ground will be removing fallen fruit from backyards, inspecting compost bins and placing bait on fruit trees to attract and kill adult flies, in particular females. The bait is made up of a protein to attract adult fruit flies and a very low concentration of insecticide to kill the flies. It’s similar to how people bait wasps in their backyards. The baits are toxic to fruit flies. Every precaution is taken to make sure the baits are safe around people and animals. They are not harmful to bees.

People living in the area will be given at least 24 hours’ notice that bait will be placed in their property, and they will be provided detailed information about the programme. Information will start being delivered to letterboxes this weekend.

There have been no further finds of QFF in Devonport since the only find there on Thursday 14 February. However, because of the proximity to Northcote, movement controls and trapping will continue there for the time being. This will be reconsidered next Friday. There is no need to undertake bait laying in Devonport.

No further Facialis fruit fly have been found in Otara. Biosecurity New Zealand will review movement controls there at the end of next week.

Kiwifruit growers should talk to their post-harvest providers if they have any questions about what the impacts to them might be due to movement controls or export restrictions. If you require support you can contact NZKGI or visit their website to learn more about the support network available.

Summary of finds: Single male QFF have been found in separate surveillance traps in the Auckland North Shore suburbs of Devonport (one single fly) and Northcote (six single flies over an extended period of time). Three Facialis flies have been found in Otara. 
 
•    Read more about the Controlled Area Notices and Export Restriction Zones 
•    Find out more about the QFF and see photos
•    Find out more about the Facialis fruit fly and see photos

Biosecurity News
7 March 2019
Fruit fly detection update
7 March 2019
Yesterday it was announced that a fourth male Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found in Northcote and another Facialis fruit fly has been found in Ōtara. The Northcote find is approximately 80...
Fruit fly detection update
7 March 2019

Yesterday it was announced that a fourth male Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found in Northcote and another Facialis fruit fly has been found in Ōtara.

The Northcote find is approximately 80 metres inside the current A Zone and no further restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables are required in the suburb.

The Ōtara find is 630 metres to the north of the last find inside the current B Zone. Another A Zone has been established in Ōtara, which will mean restrictions on a different area. The current B Zone is unchanged. 

Similar controls on the movement of export fruit to those put in place in Northcote will be established in Ōtara. This is expected to have little, if any, practical impact on fruit exports.

There have been no further finds of QFF in Devonport since the only find there on Thursday 14 February.

The extensive surveillance programme is continuing including trapping, visual inspection of backyard gardens and fruit trees, and collection and laboratory examination of fallen fruit. The kiwifruit industry, through KiwiNet, has made a huge contribution to this work. To date there has been around 300kg of fruit cut and examined, which was gathered from A Zone backyards on the North Shore, and almost 500kg in Otara. There has not been any fruit fly larvae found.

KVH is part of the Fruit Fly Council - a governance group made up of impacted industry sector representatives and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partnership. We are closely involved in response decision-making processes, ensuring the interests of kiwifruit growers, and other primary producers, are represented fully.

The responses in Otara, Devonport, and Northcote are running well and are following the pre-agreed operational plans established and tested in previous responses. The kiwifruit industry can be confident that the work being undertaken is in the best interests of our growers as everything possible is being done to determine whether there are more flies in the area, and if so, stop them from spreading any further.

Despite the recently announced additional finds, there is no evidence of a breeding population and that is good news that can give us continued confidence in our biosecurity system, as well as the response actions taken so far.

KVH and the Fruit Fly Council have been clear from the outset that each find is a concern and there is full support for MPIs recently announced independent review of the air passenger, cruise and mail pathways. There will always be some risk of unwanted pests and diseases getting here, but we must do everything possible to try and stop them. If there are any holes in the system currently, they need to be found and immediately fixed.

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

Summary of detections: Single male QFF have been found in separate surveillance traps in the Auckland North Shore suburbs of Devonport (one single fly) and Northcote (four flies). Three male Facialis fruit flies have been found in separate surveillance traps in Ōtara.

The most likely way that fruit flies can arrive in New Zealand is in fresh fruit and vegetables. Be vigilant and keep watch. While it may be possible to find on fruit trees if present, a better option is to look out for any larvae in fruit, including tree fallen fruit. Report anything of concern to the pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 March 2019
Post-harvest biosecurity for packhouses
7 March 2019
The post-harvest protocols have been updated for 2019 and are now available on the KVH website. Any changes to Biosecurity Risk Management Plans must be signed off before harvest commences this...
Post-harvest biosecurity for packhouses
7 March 2019

The post-harvest protocols have been updated for 2019 and are now available on the KVH website. Any changes to Biosecurity Risk Management Plans must be signed off before harvest commences this season. Please email karyn.lowry@kvh.org.nz  your amended plans or any questions.

All bins in all regions must be clear of plant material and sanitised pre-season and between orchards. For sanitiser options refer to the KVH information sheet.

There are additional requirements for post-harvest operators moving bins between Recovery and Containment regions. Refer to the KVH Protocol: Fruit Bins for more information.  Notification to KVH is required before the first movement of any harvest bins from Recovery regions into Whangarei.

Biosecurity News
7 March 2019
Free biosecurity course
7 March 2019
You’re invited to take part in a biosecurity workshop next Tuesday 12 March – it’s free and part of the new micro-credential programme across horticulture, offering learnings about...
Free biosecurity course
7 March 2019

You’re invited to take part in a biosecurity workshop next Tuesday 12 March – it’s free and part of the new micro-credential programme across horticulture, offering learnings about what risks are present on orchards and how to prioritise and manage them.

We’re seeking individuals who are either grower owner-operators or in managerial/supervisor positions to participate in the programme. Individuals will be required to actively participate in the pilot course, and then undertake an assessment component on biosecurity practices on their orchards to be awarded the micro-credential.

Read more here and email info@kvh.org.nz to register.

Biosecurity News
7 March 2019
Latest BMSB finds
7 March 2019
Since the start of the high-risk season in September 2018, there have been 173 live Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds in association with goods or people entering New Zealand or post border. To...
Latest BMSB finds
7 March 2019

Since the start of the high-risk season in September 2018, there have been 173 live Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds in association with goods or people entering New Zealand or post border. To date none of these have led to the establishment of BMSB here. More detail can be read in the new risk update (for February) now available on the KVH website.

The update includes latest data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about activities involving KVH to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for and respond to BMSB.

The risk period for BMSB stretches throughout the summer so remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about the risks this bug poses are available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
7 March 2019
Welcome overseas workers, not their hitchhiking mates
7 March 2019
As the kiwifruit industry gears up for harvest, and the corresponding annual influx of overseas workers, it’s time to consider the risk to the biosecurity of our industry presented by overseas...
Welcome overseas workers, not their hitchhiking mates
7 March 2019

As the kiwifruit industry gears up for harvest, and the corresponding annual influx of overseas workers, it’s time to consider the risk to the biosecurity of our industry presented by overseas workers - or more accurately - their clothing, footwear and tools.

There are many biosecurity threats present in other growing regions around the world that are not here in New Zealand, and which could have a devastating impact on our industry. The soil-borne Brazilian Wilt has caused up to 50% vine loss on Brazilian kiwifruit orchards over recent years and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) continues to wreak havoc across Europe and the USA. Close to home, there have been several biosecurity investigations after detections of BMSB and fruit flies in Auckland, and a lone BMSB found in Mount Maunganui in December.

·        Make overseas workers aware of the need for excellent orchard hygiene.

·        Make sure they do not bring tools used overseas onto your orchard.

·        Check their footwear was cleaned and sanitised in their home country or at the border – don’t take any chances.  

It’s important that you don’t allow any imported fruit to come on to your orchard. If you see or hear of someone that has accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand make sure it is reported to Biosecurity New Zealand and then appropriately destroyed by being bagged and put in the rubbish, not composted.

To assist with this, KVH has developed a best practice poster to help reduce biosecurity risk from someone who has recently visited another country or worked on an offshore orchard or farm; showing what items need to be cleaned before packing luggage and why; and to explain what people can expect at border control when arriving in New Zealand.

You can download and print the poster, or contact KVH if you’d like us to print a larger size for you, your orchard, workplace or staffroom.

Keep an eye out for any unusual symptoms on your vines. If you observe any sudden vine wilt contact us immediately. We have great links to Biosecurity New Zealand and can quickly distinguish the unusual from the ordinary. We are always keen to hear from anyone who may have concerns.

Biosecurity News
7 March 2019
Biosecurity matters to you
7 March 2019
The kiwifruit industry’s Future Leaders team are hosting their March event next week – an interactive discussion with Stu Hutchings (Chief Executive, KVH) and Simon Cook (Director, KVH...
Biosecurity matters to you
7 March 2019

The kiwifruit industry’s Future Leaders team are hosting their March event next week – an interactive discussion with Stu Hutchings (Chief Executive, KVH) and Simon Cook (Director, KVH and Nuffield scholar) to hear how biosecurity matters to all of us.

Stu will provide an update on the recent fruit fly detections and show what we can all learn from Mycoplasma bovis with practical examples from farmers and data demonstrating the importance of traceability of animal movements across the country. Simon will provide an update on his Nuffield travels and what we can take from other countries facing major incursions.

You are welcome to come along and take part in this interesting and informative discussion. Please RSVP by Tuesday 12 March 2019 to info@nzkgi.org.nz or by calling 07 574 7139.

When: Wednesday 13 March 2019
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm (drinks and nibbles provided)
Where: Hayward Wright Room, Zespri building, Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui

Biosecurity News
7 March 2019
What does Banana Panama disease have to do with kiwifruit?
7 March 2019
There’s a lot the kiwifruit industry can take from the learnings Australian growers have had dealing with Banana Panama, a soil-borne fungal disease that growers and industry are focussed on...
What does Banana Panama disease have to do with kiwifruit?
7 March 2019

There’s a lot the kiwifruit industry can take from the learnings Australian growers have had dealing with Banana Panama, a soil-borne fungal disease that growers and industry are focussed on containing through aggressive on-farm biosecurity.

KVH Board member Simon Cook is a Nuffield scholar who recently travelled to tropical north Queensland as part of his scholarship travels, to learn more about the disease and the way it has been managed. He says in the latest KVH podcast that the key takeaway for growers in the area has been the reiteration that basic on-farm hygiene prevents spread – something the kiwifruit industry learnt during Psa and must not forget.

“The first property identified with Banana Panama in 2015 went into lockdown, and was then removed, but without anyone realising it and before any symptoms were seen to the naked eye, the disease had already spread to two other local properties.”

“The majority of spread is in infected plant material and soil movement – even from heavy rain and flooding. Each grower now treats their site as its own biosecurity zone, controlling all movements across property boundaries and providing hygiene systems for cleaning machinery, gear, and footwear.”

Listen to Simon talk through the distinct similarities between the Australian situation and some of the threats we are facing in New Zealand in the KVH Snapshot podcast or read his series of Nuffield Thoughts on the NZKGI website.

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 March 2019
Whangarei Controlled Area removed
7 March 2019
In late 2015 KVH established a ‘Whangarei Controlled Area’ to help prevent the spread of Psa in the region. At the time one Whangarei orchard had been identified with Psa. Psa has now...
Whangarei Controlled Area removed
7 March 2019

In late 2015 KVH established a ‘Whangarei Controlled Area’ to help prevent the spread of Psa in the region.

At the time one Whangarei orchard had been identified with Psa.

Psa has now been identified on four further orchards in the Whangarei region, meaning a total of five orchards are now recorded as Psa positive (including one orchard outside the Controlled Area). With the change in situation, KVH has removed the Whangarei Controlled Area and lifted the accompanying Notice of Direction issued to growers in the area. Growers and other local parties were advised last Thursday of the removal, effective immediately.

Whangarei growers have done very well in slowing the spread of Psa within the region. Growers, contractors and others must continue to ensure that Psa is not transferred between orchards and regions via any human-assisted pathway. 

National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) rules and requirements are still applicable. Rules covering movement of risk items including plants and machinery (within, into and out of the region), application of crop protection products, vine management, monitoring and reporting of Psa symptoms still apply to all orchards within the Whangarei Containment Region. Refer to the KVH protocols for more information.

Biosecurity News
7 March 2019
KVH attend Forest Owners Association biosecurity conference
7 March 2019
The New Zealand forestry sector have a long history of biosecurity, having run a forest surveillance programme for over 60 years. This week was their annual biosecurity conference - which has been...
KVH attend Forest Owners Association biosecurity conference
7 March 2019

The New Zealand forestry sector have a long history of biosecurity, having run a forest surveillance programme for over 60 years.

This week was their annual biosecurity conference - which has been running for almost 20 years – and was attended by members of forestry and science communities as well as the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other primary sectors.

Operational Biosecurity was this year’s theme and Matt Dyck from KVH presented to impart some of our own knowledge and experiences, as well as to learn about what other groups are doing.

A closer working relationship with MPI and other sectors was a key learning from the Sapere review of “Lessons learned from the Psa response” and is also an outcome from the Government Industry Agreements (GIA) partnership that is working well.

Many of the key messages about biosecurity are consistent regardless of the sector involved, for example, the keynote presentation and highlight of the conference was Dr John Roche, who talked about the Mycolpasma bovis response and how this is shaping biosecurity practices in the animal sector. This is a familiar message to kiwifruit industry
learnings with Psa, and a challenge to ensure such practices are retained to
reduce the impact of any future incursions to our industry.

Media Releases
6 March 2019
Confidence in system after fruit fly detections
6 March 2019
New Zealand fruit and vegetable growers should continue to have confidence in the ongoing investigations into Auckland fruit fly detections, says the horticulture-wide group set up to jointly prepare...
Confidence in system after fruit fly detections
6 March 2019

New Zealand fruit and vegetable growers should continue to have confidence in the ongoing investigations into Auckland fruit fly detections, says the horticulture-wide group set up to jointly prepare for and respond to the potential impacts of fruit fly.

Stu Hutchings, Chair of the Fruit Fly Council - a governance group made up of impacted industry sector representatives and MPI under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partnership - says the responses set up in Otara, Devonport, and Northcote are running well and are following the pre-agreed operational plans established and tested in previous responses. Council members are also involved the decision-making process ensuring the interests of New Zealand’s primary producers are represented fully.

“These fruit fly finds are of great concern for our industries and that’s why we’re part of the governance group leading the investigations, ensuring the most appropriate action is taken to minimise any impact on growers and our wider industry.”

“It’s been a priority since the day of the very first find for us all to work together in the best interests of our growers and do everything we can to determine whether there are more flies in the area, and if so, stop them from spreading any further.”

“To date, despite the additional finds, there is no evidence of a breeding population and that is good news that can give us continued confidence in our biosecurity system, as well as the response actions taken so far.”

“More than 10,000 kilos of fruit has been collected in the bins placed in the three affected response regions and disposed of.  Additionally, a significant amount of fruit - around 800 kilos - has been gathered from properties within the A zones for each of the three responses and examined for larvae, without any findings.”

“All the flies have been found in traps, which are very sensitive and an internationally proven method of surveillance. If there is a breeding population present, there is a high likelihood of finding it as the response continues over the coming days.”

Stu adds that although the trapping results reflect well on New Zealand’s surveillance system, the Fruit Fly Council backs MPIs recently announced independent review of the air passenger, cruise and mail pathways.

“We fully support the review underway because although there will always be some risk of unwanted pests and diseases getting here, it’s absolutely imperative we do everything we can to try and stop them. If there are any holes in the system currently, they need to be found and immediately fixed.”

“All the members of the Fruit Fly Council will advocate for their growers in the review and make sure that any learnings that come from it are taken into account so that we can be certain going into the future that we have a robust biosecurity system.”

Background:

If they established here, fruit flies could have serious consequences for New Zealand’s horticultural industry. Biosecurity New Zealand is working closely with international trading partners and industry groups to ensure any potential risk is managed.

The most likely way that fruit flies can arrive in New Zealand is in fresh fruit and vegetables. Be vigilant and keep watch. While it may be possible to find on fruit trees if present, a better option is to look out for any larvae in fruit, including tree fallen fruit. Report anything of concern to the pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

The Fruit Fly Council came together under GIA in May 2016 and comprises New Zealand Apples and Pears, Kiwifruit Vine Health, New Zealand Avocado Growers Association, Citrus New Zealand, MPI, Summerfruit New Zealand, Vegetables New Zealand, Horticulture NZ and Tomatoes New Zealand. Read more here.

 

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25 February 2019
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25 February 2019
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...
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25 February 2019

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.

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