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Grower News
18 October 2018
Your free 2019 calendar
18 October 2018
If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful KVH and Port community 2019 unwanted pest calendars send us an email letting us know your postal address and...
Your free 2019 calendar
18 October 2018

If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful KVH and Port community 2019 unwanted pest calendars send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 October 2018
Whangarei changes to Containment status
18 October 2018
This spring, Psa has been detected on two new orchards in Whangarei, bringing the total to four positive orchards in the region. These new detections are within two kilometres of the existing...
Whangarei changes to Containment status
18 October 2018

This spring, Psa has been detected on two new orchards in Whangarei, bringing the total to four positive orchards in the region. These new detections are within two kilometres of the existing positive orchards. With this progression of Psa the status of the region has changed from Exclusion to Containment as per the criteria specified in the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan.

For growers in the region the new detections will be disappointing as their efforts to date including removing susceptible varieties, on-orchard hygiene and compliance with movement controls have been successful in slowing the spread of Psa. However, the change to Containment status will not reduce the level of protection provided to other growers in the region as movement controls exist for the movement of risk goods between Recovery and Containment regions, and from positive to non-detected orchards within a region.

Furthermore, while infection remains in a tightly concentrated area, KVH will be keeping the existing Controlled Area Notice in place to provide further protection to growers in the region, especially those isolated from the centre of infection.

KVH has travelled to Whangarei to consult with growers and will be visiting the region again early next month to undertake monitoring rounds. It is pleasing to see that growers are undertaking monitoring in the region and a number of Psa-like samples have been submitted to the lab for testing, but fortunately these have all returned non-detected results to date (other than the four known positives mentioned above).

Updated maps and regional status information for all regions is available on the KVH website here.

Protocols and movement control information is available here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 October 2018
Pathway to move plant material to Exclusion and Containment regions
18 October 2018
KVH is currently consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions with negligible increase in risk. The...
Pathway to move plant material to Exclusion and Containment regions
18 October 2018

KVH is currently consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions with negligible increase in risk.

The proposed pathway is based on tissue culture and rather than relying on a single measure to mitigate risk, the pathway contains a number of different measures over a 14-month period to reduce risk to an acceptable level.

The pathway adopts relevant measures from the Actinidia Import Health Standard which allows tissue culture kiwifruit plants to be imported into New Zealand and includes the peptone screening protocol that allows for screening of low levels of Psa in tissue culture plants.

Details of this pathway are available on the KVH website, including;

·         The summary presentation given to South Island and Whangarei growers this month

·         An independent review of the pathway by Scion Research concluding that this pathway would result in negligible increase of risk in introducing Psa to these regions.

If you would like more details about the proposed pathway please contact KVH and a complete version of the pathway standard will be provided on request.

To provide feedback on this pathway please email info@kvh.org.nz or phone KVH on 0800 665 825 by 5pm Friday 2 November 2018. 

Biosecurity News
18 October 2018
No fruit fly interceptions
18 October 2018
Latest border interception information on fruit flies has been published in the October KVH risk update, showing that our biggest threat – the Queensland Fruit Fly – hasn’t been...
No fruit fly interceptions
18 October 2018

Latest border interception information on fruit flies has been published in the October KVH risk update, showing that our biggest threat – the Queensland Fruit Fly – hasn’t been found at all since the start of the high-risk season which was 1 September 2018.

The new risk update also details the national fruit fly surveillance programme, which involves almost 8,000 pheromone traps checked on a fortnightly basis.

There were several fruit fly interceptions at the border over the summer period last year. 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.

If you hear of someone that has accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand, make sure it is reported to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and then appropriately destroyed. Bagged and put in the rubbish is the best way, not composted. 

Biosecurity News
18 October 2018
Fewer Psa infection risk events to date for Te Puke
18 October 2018
When spring 2018 rainfall and Psa infection event data from Plant and Food Research’s Te Puke Research Station is compared against 2016 and 2017 data, it shows less than half the rainfall has...
Fewer Psa infection risk events to date for Te Puke
18 October 2018

When spring 2018 rainfall and Psa infection event data from Plant and Food Research’s Te Puke Research Station is compared against 2016 and 2017 data, it shows less than half the rainfall has fallen, Psa infection events have been fewer and infection events have also been less severe. View the data in easy to read graphs here.

This relatively dry weather since budburst has resulted in fewer Psa symptoms being reported, with this pattern similar in other regions also.  There are always exceptions though and growers should continue to respond to their individual orchard risk.

Labour weekend often brings the first signs of Hayward leafspot and growers should watch the Psa risk model. Take advantage of good spray windows to apply ongoing protection before high-risk periods. Similarly, dry spells are ideal for applying preflower girdles to green blocks with a history of flower-bud infection. Correct timing is 30 days before flowering.

Biosecurity News
18 October 2018
Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital launch week
18 October 2018
On Tuesday Minister for Biosecurity, Damien O’Connor, joined local business and community leaders and biosecurity personnel at the official launch of the newly formed Tauranga Moana Biosecurity...
Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital launch week
18 October 2018

On Tuesday Minister for Biosecurity, Damien O’Connor, joined local business and community leaders and biosecurity personnel at the official launch of the newly formed Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC).

About 100 representatives from 19 organisations in the region attended the launch and symposium, including KVH, Zespri, post-harvest, Port of Tauranga, the three local councils and local iwi. The Minister was welcomed with a powhiri and spoke to attendees about his view on TMBC being a show of unity and co-operation, where communities within a region are taking on the responsibility of what he sees as New Zealand’s number one challenge – biosecurity.

Guests on the day heard inspiring stories and case studies and were involved in interactive workshops as well as a detector dog demonstration that included Georgie, the labrador trained and dedicated to sniffing out Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), one of the biggest threats to the kiwifruit industry and local area.

Following on from the launch, the TMBC Biosecurity Week is underway, with a series of local activities celebrating biosecurity awareness and the role everyone in the community plays in protecting our local environment and economy from biosecurity threats. For the kiwifruit industry this included todays Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day, covering readiness activities; research into soil borne diseases and the importance of traceability; BMSB preparedness; and an outdoor drone demonstration as part of a Scion project to create a toolkit for biosecrity responses in urban environments.

KVH has been running the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence programme, which involves the Port, KVH and the Ministry for Primary Inustries (MPI) working with Port staff and contractors during the week to raise awareness of the importance of best-practice when it comes to biosecurity vigilance, what pests to be on the lookout for, and how to report unusual finds. This year KVH has visited around 100 people at the Port to share information and learn more about what we can do as an industry to help raise awareness even more.

Staff from KVH are also part of the free training this weekend to help keep myrtle rust off Mauao and have been out in the field the last few days with students learning all about on-orchard bug hunting as part of a joint programme to build horticulture and biosecurity awareness in local schools

Biosecurity News
18 October 2018
Training the next generation of stink bug hunters
18 October 2018
This week KVH helped bring biosecurity alive for groups of intermediate students taking part in the Creepy Crawlies Meets Primary Production project. For two field-days, students were introduced to...
Training the next generation of stink bug hunters
18 October 2018

This week KVH helped bring biosecurity alive for groups of intermediate students taking part in the Creepy Crawlies Meets Primary Production project.

For two field-days, students were introduced to kiwifruit and avocados as great industries and future career options and were shown science and technology at work. Grading and packing, checking out pests under microscopes, and learning about drone spraying taught students what it takes to produce and sell an export crop. These activities were built on Curious Minds modules developed by Scion and the Tauranga branch of House of Science.

The KVH team headed into the orchard to train and recruit teams of students responsible for hunting down stink bugs, and to talk about how important it is we have a team of 4.7 million to defend our industry against biosecurity risks. Students searched for life-sized stickers of native brown and green stink bugs in the orchard and learnt to catch, snap and report the “big bad” Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and Yellow Spotted Stink Bug (YSSB). Aleise Puketapu from Plant and Food Research joined the team and thrilled the students with live green vegetable bug adults and nymphs and some very stinky dead bugs. Check the KVH Facebook page for a live photo reaction to the smell.

The event was organised by Scion and House of Science and was funded by the Unlocking Curious Minds programme with co-funding from BioHeritage, NZ Avocados and in-kind support from Trevelyans, KVH and Heli Resources.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Cruise operators help keep pests out
4 October 2018
KVH attended the annual pre-cruise season meeting at the Port of Tauranga last week to raise awareness of biosecurity and the partnership between the Port, KVH, and the Ministry for Primary...
Cruise operators help keep pests out
4 October 2018

KVH attended the annual pre-cruise season meeting at the Port of Tauranga last week to raise awareness of biosecurity and the partnership between the Port, KVH, and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) aiming for biosecurity excellence.

Along with senior and operational Port staff; MPI; Customs; tours and transport officials; regional tourism and council staff were also at the meeting to talk through run plans for the busy summer season ahead. This was the perfect opportunity for KVH to build on bus driver visits last year and make biosecurity a standing item on this group’s meeting agenda.

There are 113 ships stopping at the Port over the summer (the first arriving tomorrow, Friday 5 October) and since the meeting KVH has provided all bus drivers with information about biosecurity that they can share with their customers, including pre-written intercom messages and instructions for passengers if they are on a tour that stops in at a kiwifruit orchard.

This summer KVH is stocking the Mount Maunganui and Cruise Terminal i-Sites with biosecurity flyers raising awareness about high-risk pest threats (mainly BMSB) potentially hitchhiking their way across our borders. The i-Sites double as ticketing offices and are often the first point of call for visitors and cruise ship passengers wanting to know more about the region and plan their time here.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Compliance at the border looking up
4 October 2018
KVH welcomes new data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) showing 98.7% of air travellers were free of risk goods after going through biosecurity checks at the border. The independently...
Compliance at the border looking up
4 October 2018

KVH welcomes new data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) showing 98.7% of air travellers were free of risk goods after going through biosecurity checks at the border.

The independently verified survey of almost 12,000 people was recently completed and is just above the target of 98.5%, which gives KVH confidence in the work being done by MPI frontline staff to appropriately manage risk.

The survey findings showed strong results for the Green Lane exit, which allows low-risk passengers to avoid x-ray screening of their baggage after assessment by an officer. The compliance rate for Green Lane across the four major airports in the survey was 99.1%, the same as last year.

Very importantly, the results also showed that passenger compliance for goods associated with fruit fly and foot-and-mouth disease is almost 100% (99.9%).

KVH works closely with MPI to advocate for strong biosecurity systems and processes, and we will continue to do so, but these figures are pleasing and support our continued confidence in the work MPI is doing at the border.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Making the most of tools across industries
4 October 2018
Last week KVH met with Plant and Food Research and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) scientists to hear more about the CSIRO tool ADOPT, which has been developed to...
Making the most of tools across industries
4 October 2018

Last week KVH met with Plant and Food Research and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) scientists to hear more about the CSIRO tool ADOPT, which has been developed to improve uptake of research and improved practices across farming sectors.

CSIRO staff are aiming to expand their impact in adoption forecasting into other industries and the visit was to understand the fit with KVH in supporting growers to adopt innovation arising from research.

Biosecurity News
4 October 2018
Biosecurity Week
4 October 2018
The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) Biosecurity Week will take place this year Monday 15 – Sunday 21 October, with a range of local activities celebrating biosecurity awareness and...
Biosecurity Week
4 October 2018

The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) Biosecurity Week will take place this year Monday 15 – Sunday 21 October, with a range of local activities celebrating biosecurity awareness and the role everyone in the community plays in protecting our local environement and economy from biosecurity threats.

The TMBC will be officially launched on Tuesday 16 October. This one-day event brings together Iwi, business and community leaders as well as environmental and biosecurity/biodiversity leaders. Guests will hear inspiring stories and case studies, be involved in interactive workshops and work with like-minded people in a creative, collaborative and innovative space. The aim is to form a leadership group to begin the journey to “building a biosecurity team of 4.7 million”. Read more and register here.

There are two other key activities during the week KVH is heavily involved in – one is the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day on Thursday 18 October – read more in this weeks Bulletin below and please come along to what will be an interesting and informative update focussed on pests to kiwifruit and on-orchard management.

The other is the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence programme, which as per previous years involves the Port, KVH and the Ministry for Primary Inustries (MPI) working with Port staff and contractors during the week to raise awareness of the importance of best-practice when it comes to biosecurity vigilance, what pests to be on the lookout for, and how to report unusual finds.

Grower News
4 October 2018
Your grower day invite
4 October 2018
Join KVH and Zespri, as well as special guest speakers, for a day dedicated to learning more about the initiatives underway to protect our industry from unwanted pests and diseases. The day will...
Your grower day invite
4 October 2018

Join KVH and Zespri, as well as special guest speakers, for a day dedicated to learning more about the initiatives underway to protect our industry from unwanted pests and diseases.

The day will cover KVH readiness activities and how these relate to Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital and the national This Is Us TV campaign; research into soil-borne diseases and the importance of traceability; BMSB preparedness and on-orchard management; and latest news and lessons from offshore with guest presenters, including Dr Anne Neilsen from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

View the event flyer for more details and please share the information with any grower you think may be interested in attending.

Where: The Orchard Church, Te Puke
When: Thursday 18 October, 9am – midday with lunch provided
RSVP: email events@zespri.com by Friday 12 October

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz