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Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Biosecurity risk at a glance
23 July 2020
The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry. The Dashboard is produced to give...
Biosecurity risk at a glance
23 July 2020

The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry.

The Dashboard is produced to give growers and the industry a one-page view of current biosecurity threat levels and our ability to manage these threats should they arrive here.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Joining forces to tackle unwanted pests and diseases
23 July 2020
Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Biosecurity New Zealand to build regional capability in preparation for any future biosecurity...
Joining forces to tackle unwanted pests and diseases
23 July 2020

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Biosecurity New Zealand to build regional capability in preparation for any future biosecurity incursions.

TMBC will identify skills and expertise across its network – which includes KVH and many others from the kiwifruit industry - and then work with Biosecurity New Zealand and other partners to train and prepare champions across the region who can participate and support a biosecurity response, should an unwanted pest or disease reach our shores.

TMBC’s Co-Chair and KVH Board member Graeme Marshall says it’s a significant move forward in recognising TMBC’s collective commitment towards achieving the best outcomes for biosecurity and the positive impact
of collaborating to support New Zealand’s biosecurity system.

"COVID-19 demonstrated clearly that if we have a robust plan and people who are capable of implementing that plan, then the response is likely to be far more effective. That’s what this is about – strengthening our local awareness and preparedness to minimise risks and limit potential damage from pests and diseases."

As has been seen with the successful kiwifruit industry KiwiNet model, whereby members of the industry are prepared to support biosecurity responses, TMBC will look to identify and train members of their network who can be deployed in a biosecurity response.

Image: TMBC co-chairs Graeme Marshall and Carlton Bidois with John Walsh from Biosecurity New Zealand, in Tauranga. Photo: Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Spotlight on Biosecurity Week - save the dates
23 July 2020
Biosecurity in the Bay of Plenty will be celebrated with the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) annual Spotlight on Biosecurity Week from Monday 2 – Friday 6...
Spotlight on Biosecurity Week - save the dates
23 July 2020

Biosecurity in the Bay of Plenty will be celebrated with the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) annual Spotlight on Biosecurity Week from Monday 2 – Friday 6 November. 
 
This week is all about highlighting the importance of protecting what we love about Tauranga Moana and showcasing the awesome biosecurity work that's being undertaken across the region.  
 
There will be industry events (including another KVH/Zespri grower day after successful events the last two years), Port Biosecurity Excellence Programme activities and on Thursday 5 November, the annual TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium will be held.  
 
There’ll be a lot more information to come over the coming weeks, particularly about the kiwifruit grower day. If you were unable attend last year you can read all about the event
here or browse videos from the day on the KVH YouTube channel here. 

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Community biosecurity helps protect our kiwifruit
23 July 2020
Everyone connected to the kiwifruit industry can help protect what we’ve got and keep unwanted pests and diseases away. A new booklet from KVH provides guidance about how everyone in or close...
Community biosecurity helps protect our kiwifruit
23 July 2020

Everyone connected to the kiwifruit industry can help protect what we’ve got and keep unwanted pests and diseases away.

A new booklet from KVH provides guidance about how everyone in or close to the kiwifruit community can help identify biosecurity risks and address them. The bright, colourful guide is split into four easy sections detailing how everyone can:

1.    Keep watch (what to look out for and what big biosecurity responses cost if we don’t keep our eyes and ears peeled)

2.    Check and clean (how to look out for new pests on orchards or in gardens)

3.    Report the unusual (how to make a report and what happens next)

4.    Lead by example (what everyone can do at work, home and school to always be biosecurity aware).

The importance and enormity of the biosecurity task means that it is vital everyone pitches in and has accountability for keeping out pest and disease threats that could severely impact the kiwifruit industry and have flow-on effects for our livelihoods, and our communities. If the next big threat is here, undetected and spreading everyone has the power to protect what we’ve got with the easy steps covered in this booklet. 

The Kiwifruit Community Biosecurity Booklet is free and available from the KVH website or we can post copies to you, your workplace, school or anywhere else that helps spread the biosecurity word if you email us at info@kvh.org.nz.

The booklets will also be distributed at industry events, as well as during community initiatives in growing regions such as the upcoming Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital Spotlight on Biosecurity Week.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Fun Fact
23 July 2020
Stink bugs smell like old socks!   You read that right …. old socks. And coriander. Skunks too. These are just some of the things the stink of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has...
Fun Fact
23 July 2020

Stink bugs smell like old socks!  

You read that right …. old socks. And coriander. Skunks too. These are just some of the things the stink of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has been compared to.

The two main chemicals responsible for the BMSB’s stinky spray are called trans-2-octenal and trans-2-decenal. The latter is what gives coriander its smell. The chemicals in the spray might have a purpose besides scaring away predators - according to a 2016 study, they inhibit the growth of bacteria, suggesting they are antibacterial agents and serve a multifunctional role for this insect.

Over winter, when it’s cold, the BMSB looks for a nice warm home to invade – sometimes in their thousands. Be on the lookout and if you ever think you’ve found one, catch it, take a photo and report it to Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66.  There are fact sheets, images, and videos about the BMSB on the KVH website here.

Company Notices
9 July 2020
New Hawke's Bay Regional Coordinator
9 July 2020
KVH welcomes new Regional Coordinator Gaz Ingram, who will be working with Hawke’s Bay kiwifruit growers, offering  support to help manage and reduce further spread of Psa, and build...
New Hawke's Bay Regional Coordinator
9 July 2020

KVH welcomes new Regional Coordinator Gaz Ingram, who will be working with Hawke’s Bay kiwifruit growers, offering  support to help manage and reduce further spread of Psa, and build awareness of other pest and disease risk in the region.

Gaz has been involved in the horticulture industry since 1996 (growing conventional and organic apples in the Hawke’s  Bay) and has been with Farmlands the last eight years, working with organic and biological/regenerative growers across multiple crop types and growing systems.

His strong connection to the horticulture industry is amplified by previous positions within industry groups
such as the Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrowers Association, Soil and Health and current Director position at BioGro NZ, the nation’s leading organic certification business.

Supporting growers is a key focus for both KVH and all Regional Coordinators, who are available whether
seeking technical advice, pastoral support, or general information about biosecurity preparedness. Gaz’s
contact details, and those for all Regional Coordinators are available
here.

KVH thanks Campbell Tacon for his efforts in the role over the last two years and wishes him well in his consultant and orchard management roles.

Company Notices
9 July 2020
KVH director nominations closing soon
9 July 2020
A reminder that the KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years as Simon Cook’s term as grower elected representative is ending (Simon will be...
KVH director nominations closing soon
9 July 2020

A reminder that the KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years as Simon Cook’s term as grower elected representative is ending (Simon will be re-standing for this vacancy).

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the KVH website here and must be returned to KVH along with a list of all interests in the kiwifruit industry by 5pm Tuesday 21 July 2020.

Grower members will be asked to vote for their preferred nominee and the successful candidate will be announced following the upcoming AGM on Tuesday 18 August 2020 (featuring a special presentation from guest speaker Ian Proudfoot, head of Agribusiness at KPMG) – read more about the event here.

Biosecurity News
9 July 2020
KPCS nurseries come together
9 July 2020
More than 20 nurseries were represented alongside KVH last week at a forum to strengthen communication and partnership with nurseries who are part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme...
KPCS nurseries come together
9 July 2020

More than 20 nurseries were represented alongside KVH last 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, particularly related to planned enhancements of the KPCS so that it aligns well with the proposed new Pathway Management Plan and Plant Production Biosecurity Scheme.

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.

Fundamental to the KPCS, and a cornerstone of biosecurity across the entire kiwifruit industry, is sourcing and tracking clean plant material - one of the five key steps within the 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 up to date records, particularly maintaining traceability – i.e. where plants (and budwood) went on the orchard. A template and check sheet for this are included within the guidelines (Step 3).

Biosecurity News
9 July 2020
Biosecurity tops business priority list again
9 July 2020
Biosecurity has retained the number one ranking in KPMG’s annual Agribusiness Agenda priorities survey for the tenth year in a row. KPMG’s Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot –...
Biosecurity tops business priority list again
9 July 2020

Biosecurity has retained the number one ranking in KPMG’s annual Agribusiness Agenda priorities survey for the tenth year in a row.

KPMG’s Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot – who we are lucky enough to have giving an exclusive talk at this year’s industry AGMs - said not surprisingly, biosecurity was a top of mind matter for the primary sector leaders who had input into the report. The priority score given to biosecurity increased although it remains below its peak in 2018 at the height of the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) crisis.

“The impact that COVID-19 has had and will continue to have on people’s lives and the economy has highlighted how exposed we are as a country to an incursion.”

“The point was made by a number of contributors that it is critical we take the learnings from the response to COVID-19 and ensure that these are incorporated into biosecurity incursion readiness plans. While the year has passed without an incursion on the scale of M. bovis, it does not mean the year has been incursion free. There are known threats that have tested our border controls, some of which, like the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, have the potential to create significant environmental and economic damage if we drop our guard, something we can ill afford given the cost of the COVID-19”.

KVH is collaborating with NZKGI to host Ian Proudfoot as the special guest speaker at this years AGMs. He will expand on the Agribusiness Agenda and talk about the challenges and opportunities brought about by COVID-19 for the kiwifruit industry. The meeting starts at 9am, Tuesday 18 August 2020, at Trustpower Arena – read more here.

Biosecurity News
9 July 2020
Seed campaign kicks off
9 July 2020
Biosecurity New Zealand is running a social media campaign encouraging New Zealanders to buy seeds from local suppliers. Demand for fruit and veggie seeds skyrocketed during the COVID-19 lockdown,...
Seed campaign kicks off
9 July 2020

Biosecurity New Zealand is running a social media campaign encouraging New Zealanders to buy seeds from local suppliers.

Demand for fruit and veggie seeds skyrocketed during the COVID-19 lockdown, leading to increased interest in online providers based overseas – some of whom KVH is aware have been offering varieties of kiwifruit seed for sale. Unfortunately, many seeds purchased online aren’t what they say they are and more importantly do not meet New Zealand’s strict biosecurity rules and could risk introducing a plant disease.

Importing seeds is best left to reputable commercial operators who know what they are doing and are aware of what they must always do to meet the rules (including an import permit; phytosanitary certificate; and post entry quarantine for example). The campaign emphasises the risks and makes it clear that anyone can be prosecuted for bringing, or attempting to bring, unwanted plant species or pests and diseases into New Zealand.

Biosecurity New Zealand enforce all requirements and currently officials are making around 600 seed seizures a week. Any report of kiwifruit plants grown from unapproved seed imports will be investigated. Please contact the pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66 if you are aware of any unapproved kiwifruit seed imports. 

Biosecurity News
9 July 2020
Insights into kiwifruit growers' positivity about biosecurity
9 July 2020
A recent survey of growers and workers in kiwifruit and several other Bay of Plenty industries has affirmed that people are onboard with protecting New Zealand from biosecurity threats and think...
Insights into kiwifruit growers' positivity about biosecurity
9 July 2020

A recent survey of growers and workers in kiwifruit and several other Bay of Plenty industries has affirmed that people are onboard with protecting New Zealand from biosecurity threats and think it’s important everyone plays their part.

The ‘Biosecurity Excellence at the Port of Tauranga’ initiative has been exploring the biosecurity awareness and behaviours of key groups over recent years (because of their connection to the processing and handling of a diverse range of goods through the Port of Tauranga) and a new survey was undertaken a few months ago of four industries in the Bay of Plenty region: kiwifruit, forestry, avocado, and passionfruit.

Pleasingly, the findings – in an easy to read infographic here - suggest that across all four industries, protecting New Zealand from unwanted pests and diseases is extremely important. In detail:

·        there is a perception everyone has a responsibility for biosecurity, and the Ministry for Primary Industries/Biosecurity New Zealand is believed to hold the greatest responsibility, 

·        while growers were seen to hold a high level of responsibility for biosecurity, when asked about biosecurity training, respondents said staff on their orchard or plantation only received a moderate degree of training on how to recognise signs and symptoms of potential biosecurity risks,

·        responses to questions around the existence of biosecurity management plans highlighted that many are tailored to the industry or sector level, rather than to the needs of specific operations, 

·        some key biosecurity practices are undertaken more often than others. Practices related to assessing risks/symptoms on plants or trees were more common (as high as 79.3%) than practices around checking and cleaning vehicles, machinery, and equipment,

·        when asked about barriers to implementing biosecurity practices, respondents indicated that, while there were no major perceived impediments, the greatest barriers related to time, know how, and practicality,

·        industry workers would like more information about the biosecurity risks of not implementing measures, and case studies of how individual growers have benefitted from taking action.

When we look at results for kiwifruit growers specifically, findings differed in that these growers perceived themselves to hold a higher degree of responsibility for biosecurity than those within other sectors. The findings also suggest that people from the kiwifruit industry undergo more biosecurity training and have more site-specific biosecurity plans in place to reduce biosecurity risks. Interestingly, the kiwifruit participants reported that those within their operations routinely check and sanitise tools, but do not routinely check vehicles and machinery. KVH will be working with growers to look further into how and why decisions about this are made.  

From here, the ‘Biosecurity Excellence at the Port of Tauranga’ team will look at how it can help the four industry groups surveyed to:

·        enhance training about recognising the signs and symptoms of potential biosecurity risks, and what to do if something unusual is found,

·        support operations develop site-specific biosecurity management plans that consider the practicality and timing of putting recommended biosecurity practices in place,

·        make use of both best and worst-case scenario case studies for implementing biosecurity practices,

·        increase awareness of how implementing biosecurity measures is linked to a wide range of economic, social, and environmental benefits.

Company Notices
25 June 2020
AGM reminder
25 June 2020
Don’t forget KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 18 August 2020, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui. The meeting starts at 9am and will include guest speaker Ian...
AGM reminder
25 June 2020

Don’t forget KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 18 August 2020, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui.

The meeting starts at 9am and will include guest speaker Ian Proudfoot, KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness who will talk about the challenges and opportunities brought about by COVID-19 for the kiwifruit industry.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

AGM packs and information for growers about voting will be sent to growers during the last week of July.

The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz