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Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Free orchard signage
17 September 2020
Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up to date. Orchard visitors,...
Free orchard signage
17 September 2020

Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up to date.

Orchard visitors, harvest staff, and contractors need to know and follow your hygiene requirements.

KVH has produced signage highlighting the need for visitors to make contact before entering and the biosecurity risk posed by plant, vehicle, and people movements. If you would like new signs, they are available free of charge from KVH by phoning 0800 665 825 or feel free to contact us by email.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
17 September 2020
KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the International Kiwifruit Organisation (IKO) virtual meeting yesterday. Also attended by NZKGI and...
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
17 September 2020

KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the International Kiwifruit Organisation (IKO) virtual meeting yesterday.

Also attended by NZKGI and Zespri representatives, the annual meeting provides an opportunity for international counterparts from countries where kiwifruit is grown to share news and opportunities. Stu provided an update about progress in managing Psa in New Zealand and provided a summary of the 2019/20 season.

As part of the meeting, Stu also updated attendees on the proposed new Pathway Management Plan currently being consulted on with growers and industry, the 2019/20 successful Auckland fruit fly response, outcomes of the latest Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) research from Italy, and emerging high-risk pests and diseases for kiwifruit.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Spreading the stink bug message
17 September 2020
KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), including a comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New...
Spreading the stink bug message
17 September 2020

KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), including a comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New Zealand and other horticultural groups known as the BMSB Council.

The campaign for the current high-risk season aims to lift public awareness around the damaging impacts of BMSB and increase the likelihood of early detection through passive surveillance.

KVH is co-funding the campaign, key aspects of which include print advertising in gardening magazines and grower publications (timed to coincide with peak holiday periods when people are in gardens and likely to spot BMSB outside); digital advertising to target online shoppers (such as those using Amazon, eBay and AliExpress) and people watching TV programmes around things like border security; and MetService ads which have been high-performing ads for us in previous years.

This year we’ll also be sponsoring an evening on television channel Choice TV, to capture the audience that may not be reached via digital. This works with sponsoring an evening’s viewing by getting ads in between programmes, and then pop ups during shows on that evening. We’re looking to sponsor an evening that focuses on DIY, gardening, outdoors, home shows etc (which is common on Choice).

The new season’s BMSB flyers and posters will be available shortly, and will be added to the stink bug page of the
KVH website.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Fun Fact
17 September 2020
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) jumps more than it flies. At just one inch long, an adult SLF can jump three metres. Three metres!! That’s why their wings are often closed. They rarely need to...
Fun Fact
17 September 2020

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) jumps more than it flies. At just one inch long, an adult SLF can jump three metres. Three metres!!

That’s why their wings are often closed. They rarely need to use them because their quad strength is apparently unparalleled.

The SLF is an emerging biosecurity threat to kiwifruit and many other horticultural industries. The pest is hard to control and is a proven invader, capable of flying out of orchards and returning later, and hitchhiking on inanimate objects.

How could it get to New Zealand? The SLF lays its eggs in clusters on smooth surfaces (including vehicles and machinery, shipping containers, and garden furniture) and covers them with a protective layer of wax. The eggs can then hitchhike on these and other imported commodities. See more on the SLF page of the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Biosecurity micro-credential enrolments open now
17 September 2020
The Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), together with the horticulture industry and KVH has developed a biosecurity micro-credential (a short, focused piece of learning) to enhance industry...
Biosecurity micro-credential enrolments open now
17 September 2020

The Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), together with the horticulture industry and KVH has developed a biosecurity micro-credential (a short, focused piece of learning) to enhance industry capability.  

The micro-credential content includes biosecurity principles, on-farm practices, and an assessment component. It is designed to give an individual an understanding of biosecurity; what risks are present on their orchard/farm; how to prioritise and manage them; asks how practices can be put in place or improved; and demonstrates how to implement, monitor and review a biosecurity plan.

This Level 5 NZQA qualification is free to you and is being delivered by UCOL on behalf of the Primary ITO. Upcoming courses are in Kerikeri (Friday 9 October), Tauranga (Tuesday 13 October), and Hastings (Monday 19 October).

If you’re interested in enrolling, please get in touch with the Primary ITO on 0800 20 80 20 to secure your spot.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Psa annual update video
17 September 2020
Zespri and KVH hosted the annual Psa R&D update last week which saw scientists share with growers and industry key outcomes from the research portfolio to help growers refine their...
Psa annual update video
17 September 2020

Zespri and KVH hosted the annual Psa R&D update last week which saw scientists share with growers and industry key outcomes from the research portfolio to help growers refine their on-orchard Psa disease management programme.

Growers heard from a range of speakers during the day, including Kabir Shahjahan from Plant & Food Research, who presented updates on his continuing research into Hayward bud rot, as well as new research into Gold3 budrot, and how that is affected by Bounty and Bruno rootstocks. Final results from the four-year GoldFutures programme were delivered by Phil Elmer from Plant & Food Research. Sonia Whiteman from Zespri presented research on the risk of frost, and the development and updates to the KVH Psa Risk Model on behalf of Rob Beresford of Plant & Food Research. Zespri also provided updates on the future of bactericides, before the day ended with a presentation from Linda Peacock from KVH that summarised how this new research fits into Psa good practice management.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and increased interest in the event, the update was opened to online participants for the first time and recorded. You can watch video from the day on the Zespri Canopy website here or on the KVH YouTube channel here. A summary of key points, and each presentation is also available below.

Presentations:

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
New Psa seasonal management guide
3 September 2020
The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2020-21 is out now and available to view or download from the KVH website. A printed A2 sized copy of the chart has also been included in your mailed copy...
New Psa seasonal management guide
3 September 2020

The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2020-21 is out now and
available to view or download from the
KVH website. A printed A2 sized copy of the chart has also been included in your mailed copy of the August Kiwiflier.

The wall chart outlines how you can use cultural methods and a protective spray programme year-round to reduce risk on your orchard, including regular monitoring, removing infected material, girdling, and seasonal spray plans.

A key feature of the wall chart is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the upcoming seasons approved products for protection against Psa, their year-round application rates and permitted use periods.

Any changes or updates made to the chart and product list during the 2020/21 season will be made to the online version and will be notified via the KVH Bulletin.

If you would like extra printed copies of the wall chart sent to you, please email KVH at info@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
Most unwanted time of the year
3 September 2020
Fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) are considered two of the biggest biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry and from September they are both in their highest-risk period for...
Most unwanted time of the year
3 September 2020

Fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) are considered two of the biggest biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry and from September they are both in their highest-risk period for entry into New Zealand. A quick reminder of the damage these unwanted pests can do and what to look out for:

Fruit flies:

·        High likelihood of entry – have crossed our borders many times.

·        Production impacts for a range of horticultural crops but considered low for kiwifruit.

·        Severe market access restrictions, particularly for Queensland Fruit Fly, which is not present in most major kiwifruit markets.


BMSB:

·        Pierces kiwifruit resulting in fruit drop and rot. Fruit loss is typically 5-10% but up to 30% on worst blocks.

·        Extremely difficult to eradicate – early detection is essential.

·        Major nuisance pest overwintering inside homes in huge numbers.

·        High likelihood of entry as a hitchhiker on shipping containers, cars, machinery, and luggage.

For more information on these and other biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry, see our Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list on the KVH website and contact us on 0800 665 825 if you would like posters or leaflets about these pests sent out to you.

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 September 2020
Have your say: proposed plan for managing kiwifruit industry risk
3 September 2020
Biosecurity risk is one of the greatest strategic threats to the kiwifruit industry. This risk is managed across the whole biosecurity system which consists of a number of layers - from keeping as...
Have your say: proposed plan for managing kiwifruit industry risk
3 September 2020

Biosecurity risk is one of the greatest strategic threats to the kiwifruit industry.

This risk is managed across the whole biosecurity system which consists of a number of layers - from keeping as many pests as possible offshore and intercepting those that arrive at the border, to having systems in place within New Zealand to deal with the small residue slippage. There’s also a layer that manages the risk of  numerous pathogens that may already be in New Zealand, either native or long established, that start causing disease over time either as a result of a crop being grown in an area or changing environmental conditions (Kauri dieback is one example where the pathogen was present in New Zealand for 300 years before it began causing disease).

As an industry it is fundamental that we have systems in place to reduce the impact of any emerging threats to our industry. As we have seen with Psa, regulation to support biosecurity practice is one important piece of this system.

KVH is seeking feedback on a proposal for a new regulatory framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. After asking for early feedback on the high-level concept of a Pathway Management Plan and how this will better manage risk for the kiwifruit industry, we are now seeking input from the industry on the detail of the full proposal.

The high-level feedback we have had so far has been supportive, with growers and industry considering the concept of the Plan a logical and sensible way to manage biosecurity risk going forward, especially if this can be achieved without an increase in levy cost to growers. The proposal sets out a framework of how risk could be managed across our industry pathways and provides flexibility to respond to changes in risk profiles of organisms, or advances in science to deal with these threats. This provides the industry with a tool to land an appropriate balance of risk management, a balance which is likely to change over time and we can respond accordingly.  

A key driver for the development of the new Plan is to ensure that we have measures in place to prevent the spread of a broad range of biosecurity threats, rather than our current regulation, which is specific to a single organism, Psa. Instead of focusing on a single pest, like Psa, the proposed Plan focuses on management of risk associated with the pathways by which diseases or pests are transmitted.  This covers the full range of biosecurity threats to our industry and provides for a consistent and pragmatic approach to managing pathway risks such as movement of all plant material, and high-risk equipment coming onto our orchards.

The proposed Plan is very similar in many aspects to the current Psa-V National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) but is more fit-for-purpose, making sure all the right settings are in place so that we can detect anything new quickly enough to stop its spread, limit impacts, and aim for eradication.

The proposed Plan is summarised in the overview sheet available here and detailed in the consultation documents available on the KVH website here.  There is also a submission form available – you can either complete it and return it to us or email us at info@kvh.org.nz to provide comments.  

All growers are invited to presentations on the proposal in all growing regions over the coming weeks. The roadshow schedule is available here. Please do come along and provide your input.

We encourage you to have a say and let us know your thoughts on the proposed new Plan before it is finalised and submitted to the Minister for Biosecurity and Ministry for Primary Industries for approval and implementation.

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 September 2020
Roadshow reminder: save the date
3 September 2020
Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan. Running from Tuesday 15 September, the events will be focused on the...
Roadshow reminder: save the date
3 September 2020

Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan.

Running from Tuesday 15 September, the events will be focused on the proposed new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. Development of the Plan has advanced well and a consultation package including a draft proposal, factsheets and submission form are now available on the KVH website and will be presented at the roadshows for your input before it is finalised. We encourage you to come along and have your say. View the roadshow schedule here. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 September 2020
Mandatory orchard monitoring
3 September 2020
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September and 15 October,...
Mandatory orchard monitoring
3 September 2020

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October. Monitoring is a critical component of establishing Psa-presence, location, and volume so that it can be managed.

An online monitoring form is available on the KVH website here. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the online form.

Why is monitoring so important? Growers in Exclusion regions and with ‘Not Detected’ orchards need to monitor vines for Psa early, so we can act if anything is identified and protect the rest of their orchard as well as nearby growers.

Regular orchard monitoring enables growers to become familiar with their vines. It’s about learning what is usual, and what isn’t. Nine times out 10 when you see something odd it will be nothing, and that’s good, because it means that the one time it’s something of concern, we’re finding it. The sooner we learn about something unusual the more we can do to help.

KVH has developed ’Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted’ information and fact sheets, which are available on the KVH website. While these organisms are considered the greatest potential threats to the kiwifruit industry, the next incursion we face could be another damaging pest or disease not yet on our radar. Look out for plants displaying any unusual symptoms and pests not commonly seen or identifiable to monitoring staff.

Grower News
3 September 2020
You can now join the annual Psa R&D update virtually
3 September 2020
Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 Alert Levels at this stage, the Zespri/KVH Psa R&D event will now also be streamed, to provide the opportunity for people to attend virtually. If you have...
You can now join the annual Psa R&D update virtually
3 September 2020

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 Alert Levels at this stage, the Zespri/KVH Psa R&D event will now also be streamed, to provide the opportunity for people to attend virtually.

If you have already registered to physically attend on the day, you will have received an email from Zespri yesterday detailing plans for the day amidst uncertainty of Alert Levels at this stage and how you can confirm your attendance. 

Joining the event virtually is a simple process and only requires you to have a device such as a laptop, desktop or smart phone. 

Please register your interest by email to victoria.goldsbro@zespri.com if you wish to attend this event virtually and you will receive instructions by email on how to join on the Monday before the event (7 September).

A reminder, the day is for growers, contractors, post-harvest and merchants to hear what’s new in the world of Psa research. Key outcomes will be shared from the research portfolio that will help refine on-orchard Psa disease management programmes.

What: Annual Psa R&D update
When: Wednesday 9 September, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
RSVP: Register interest in virtual attendance by email
here.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz