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Protocols & Movement Controls
5 April 2018
North-West Auckland now a Psa Recovery region
5 April 2018
Following the identification of additional Psa positive orchards and a grower meeting to discuss regional classification, North-West Auckland has moved from a Containment region to a Recovery region...
North-West Auckland now a Psa Recovery region
5 April 2018

Following the identification of additional Psa positive orchards and a grower meeting to discuss regional classification, North-West Auckland has moved from a Containment region to a Recovery region under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP).

The change, which came into effect from 1 April 2018, was approved by the KVH Board at their March meeting.

All New Zealand kiwifruit-growing regions are classified as Exclusion, Containment or Recovery, based on the level of Psa infection.  A Recovery region is a region already widespread with the disease.

More information on regional classifications, including maps, is available on the KVH website.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
5 April 2018
Movement of mature plants
5 April 2018
KVH is aware that some growers wish to move mature kiwifruit vines. The movement of plant material is considered a high-risk pathway for the transmission of unwanted organisms and therefore it is...
Movement of mature plants
5 April 2018

KVH is aware that some growers wish to move mature kiwifruit vines. The movement of plant material is considered a high-risk pathway for the transmission of unwanted organisms and therefore it is important that any such movements are given careful consideration and that appropriate measures are implemented to mitigate risk.

Please contact KVH well in advance if you wish to move any mature kiwifruit vines between properties. Contact must be made during the active growth period before the plants needs to move.
 

Biosecurity News
5 April 2018
Have your say: draft Import Health Standard for importing Actinidia plants
5 April 2018
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is inviting comment on the proposed Import Health Standard for Actinidia plants for planting. The Standard sets out the proposed import requirements for...
Have your say: draft Import Health Standard for importing Actinidia plants
5 April 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is inviting comment on the proposed Import Health Standard for Actinidia plants for planting.

The Standard sets out the proposed import requirements for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture), imported into New Zealand for further propagation. This pathway has not been active since 2013 because of the Psa incursion.

Growers are invited to make comment on the proposed standard, which is available on the MPI website. Please email your feedback on the consultation document by 5pm Friday 4 May 2018 – information about how to do this by email or post is available on the website.

KVH recognises the importation of new kiwifruit material is an important component in maintaining the competitive advantage of our industry, however the risk of introducing new biosecurity threats must be carefully managed. Tissue culture is regarded as the most promising process for producing clean material and provides the opportunity for verification measures to be included in the production process to ensure risks are managed to an acceptable level. The consultation package includes information about the risk organisms that could potentially be transmitted on this pathway, and the proposed measures to mitigate this risk.

We will be making a submission on behalf of the industry and as part of that we’re engaging with experts in the science community in New Zealand and internationally to ensure we have specific technical advice available on the risks of what is being proposed.

We encourage growers to also make submissions – we’ll keep you fully informed before any decisions are made on the outcome of this pathway.

If you have any questions about the formal consultation process or KVH’s submission, please contact us on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.
 

Biosecurity News
5 April 2018
Fruit fly risk not going away
5 April 2018
The risk of one of our most unwanted pests, the fruit fly, is still top-of-mind with recent finds of flies in fruit disposed of at our airport ‘declare or dispose’ bins, and incursions...
Fruit fly risk not going away
5 April 2018

The risk of one of our most unwanted pests, the fruit fly, is still top-of-mind with recent finds of flies in fruit disposed of at our airport ‘declare or dispose’ bins, and incursions into previously pest-free areas of Australia.

Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) control, surveillance and eradication activities continue on Tasmania, including responding to another single larva find in grapefruit in a supermarket the weekend before last. Biosecurity Tasmania has more than 100 staff working alongside stakeholders and industry representatives implementing a range of actions including baiting, spraying, trapping, inspecting, monitoring and planning. 

South Australia has also been affected. They are managing an outbreak of Mediterranean Fruit Fly as well as QFF outbreaks in Adelaide, and an adult QFF found in a surveillance trap in Fremantle, Perth, sparked an eradication programme to prevent any further spread. Although no further flies have been found officials say movement restrictions will remain in place until at least 18 April.

As part of control efforts in Adelaide two million sterile fruit flies have been airdropped over parts of the city in a bid to eradicate female flies – watch the video showing them being dropped out of a plane.

In the future, it’s expected that Australia will use mass release of sterile fruit flies to help with small outbreaks.  Plant & Food Research were granted permission in mid-2015 to import sterile flies into a New Zealand containment facility to develop new attractants for female and male flies. This work is part of a collaborative approach with Australian organisations and is supported by KVH as an integral part of our readiness activities.

KVH is closely following the detections and responses in Australia to make sure we monitor any change in risk to New Zealand.

The high-risk entry period for fruit flies runs through to June. Be vigilant and keep watch. While New Zealand does have a comprehensive surveillance programme in place for fruit fly, additional vigilance from growers adds another layer of protection. Read more about how to identify fruit flies on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
5 April 2018
Protecting orchards from Psa through autumn
5 April 2018
Autumn is a high-risk period for Psa as cooler, wetter weather conditions favour multiplication and spread of disease. The Psa Risk Model shows heightened Psa risk from early next week for most...
Protecting orchards from Psa through autumn
5 April 2018

Autumn is a high-risk period for Psa as cooler, wetter weather conditions favour multiplication and spread of disease.

The Psa Risk Model shows heightened Psa risk from early next week for most growing regions, with moderate risk indicated for the Waikato areas – see the Karapiro weather station image below. This change in risk is normal as night temperatures begin to drop and autumn rain fronts move across the country.



Growers should step up protection in line with these seasonal changes and individual orchard risk. Ensure young replacement plants and development blocks are protected with summer rate copper as young plants are more vulnerable to Psa infection. Also apply copper to protect strung canes brought down through autumn to ensure wounds are covered before high-risk weather occurs.  For those harvesting later in the season, applying a copper spray when weather and ground conditions allow will begin to rebuild protective cover across vines. A reminder that leaf spots can provide a source of inoculum so should be considered when making decisions on spray applications.

Immediately following harvest, growers should be getting copper spray programmes underway to help prevent Psa entering their vines through harvest wounds and leaf scars.

Incorporation of Actigard into a post-harvest programme will reduce the likelihood of disease symptoms appearing the following spring. Actigard can be tank mixed with copper and is most effective when applied to leaves that are still in good condition. Extreme care must be taken to avoid spray drift onto unharvested blocks. After spraying Actigard ensure that spray tanks, lines and nozzles are cleaned thoroughly before spraying other products on unharvested fruit.

For more information, refer to KVH's Psa Best Practice Guide and the latest Actigard technote.

Any growers concerned they may not be achieving the expected levels of Psa control from copper applications at label rates should contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
5 April 2018
Online shopping and the growing biosecurity threat
5 April 2018
Last weekend The Sunday Star Times covered a story about the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently prosecuting a Christchurch botanist for illegally importing moss balls through online store...
Online shopping and the growing biosecurity threat
5 April 2018

Last weekend The Sunday Star Times covered a story about the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recently prosecuting a Christchurch botanist for illegally importing moss balls through online store AliExpress – the same website that has been known to offer kiwifruit seed for sale.

KVH is fully supportive of the action taken by MPI, not only because there could have been serious biosecurity impacts resulting from the illegal import, but also because it demonstrates that the system is working and online sites like this one are being scanned by officials.

An article in the last KVH Bulletin noted our concern around seeds being bought online for import into New Zealand because of the risk of introducing a plant disease, and mentioned that MPI enforcement staff are fully aware of this particular site. Read more about the strict rules in place for kiwifruit seed imports on the KVH website.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
5 April 2018
Reminder to order nursery plants in advance
5 April 2018
When we visit nurseries as part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), we’re reminded of how important it is to nurseries that growers order their plants well in...
Reminder to order nursery plants in advance
5 April 2018

When we visit nurseries as part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), we’re reminded of how important it is to nurseries that growers order their plants well in advance.

Without a reliable estimate on anticipated demand for the next season, nurseries take a conservative approach to avoid getting left with unsold stock. Growers should order plants as far in advance as possible – preferably a year – to avoid any shortage in supply.

Additionally, growers must only purchase plants that are KVH certified. KVH movement controls must be observed. A list of nurseries and their KPCS status is available on the KVH website.

When it comes to ‘Grow for own use’ a reminder that growers may produce their own plants for use on the same property. There are no restrictions on these plants.

Growers may also produce up to 1,000 plants a year for movement between their own properties within the same KVH kiwifruit growing region. These plants do not need to meet the requirements of the KPCS but any plants being moved between properties must meet some risk management requirements. Growers in this case must complete and submit to KVH a KVH Psa-V Risk Management Plan - Growing Rootstock for your own use.

Please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 if you would like more information about the requirements.
 

Biosecurity News
5 April 2018
Harvest hygiene guides available online
5 April 2018
As we head into harvest season, a reminder that KVH has biosecurity pocket guides available which have been translated into several languages to promote harvest hygiene messages. English | Maori...
Harvest hygiene guides available online
5 April 2018

As we head into harvest season, a reminder that KVH has biosecurity pocket guides available which have been translated into several languages to promote harvest hygiene messages.

English | Maori | Hindi | Nepalese | Punjabi | Samoan | Spanish | Thai | Simplified Chinese | Tongan

These tools are quick, step-by-step visual reference guides for use by all growers, on-orchard harvest workers, auditors, transporters, postharvest and harvest contractors.

Harvest season presents a high-risk period for spreading Psa or other biosecurity risks between blocks, orchards and regions because of the numbers of vehicles, machinery and people movements involved. Everyone in contact with orchards at this time of the year must be fully aware of best practice orchard hygiene. Read the KVH top tips for harvest hygiene for more information. 

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Consultation on Actinidia Import Health Standard
22 March 2018
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been working on an Import Health Standard for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture). This...
Consultation on Actinidia Import Health Standard
22 March 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been working on an Import Health Standard for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture). This pathway has not been active since 2013 as a result of the Psa incursion.

The importation of new kiwifruit material is recognised as an important component in maintaining the competitive advantage of our industry, however the risk of introducing new biosecurity threats must be carefully managed. Tissue culture is regarded as the most promising process for producing clean material and provides the opportunity for verification measures to be included in the production process to ensure risks are managed to an acceptable level.

MPI is in the process of completing a pathway risk assessment to identify biosecurity threats that could potentially enter New Zealand on this pathway from any country and a Risk Management Plan has been written to identify how these threats will be managed to ensure that any associated biosecurity risks are fully addressed.


Public consultation is due to start very shortly – lookout for more details on the KVH website over the next few days about how you can have your say.


We will be making a submission on behalf of the industry and as part of that we’re engaging with the science community to ensure we have specific technical advice available on the risks of what is being proposed.

KVH will keep growers fully informed before any decisions are made on the outcome of this pathway.

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Rules reminder: importing kiwifruit seed
22 March 2018
KVH is aware of an international website offering several varieties of kiwifruit seed for sale. This is concerning because buying seeds online for import into New Zealand could risk introducing a...
Rules reminder: importing kiwifruit seed
22 March 2018

KVH is aware of an international website offering several varieties of kiwifruit seed for sale. This is concerning because buying seeds online for import into New Zealand could risk introducing a plant disease.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) enforcement staff are fully aware of the site.

There are strict rules around importing any kiwifruit seed. Seed intended for growing requires a permit to import and a phytosanitary certificate. It must be imported into post entry quarantine where it will be grown and checked for a range of viruses and other plant disease organisms. No seeds will be given biosecurity clearance; only plants which have been inspected and tested will be eligible for clearance.

MPI enforce all requirements and investigate any report of kiwifruit plants grown from unapproved seed imports. Please alert MPI if you aware of any unapproved kiwifruit seed imports by calling the exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66 or contact KVH on 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Myrtle rust found in new region
22 March 2018
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced earlier this week that myrtle rust has been detected in Manawatu for the first time. The fungus was found on a young ramarama in a planted area...
Myrtle rust found in new region
22 March 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced earlier this week that myrtle rust has been detected in Manawatu for the first time.

The fungus was found on a young ramarama in a planted area off Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North.

The infected plant will be removed and securely disposed of and a surveillance team will start inspecting myrtle plants on all properties within a 200-metre radius.

As at this Monday, there have been a total of 409 properties affected by myrtle rust: Northland (four properties), Auckland (63), Waikato (33), Bay of Plenty (92), Taranaki (200), Manawatu (1) and Wellington (16). In the last couple of weeks, most detections have been in Taranaki and Auckland.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit plants, it is still important growers check myrtle plants on their properties and in their gardens. At this time of year, the fungus is still in its ‘spreading’ stage and is very visible. Without touching the plant, you can look on either side of the leaves and new shoots for any sign of a bright yellow, powdery eruption. Some leaves could also be buckled or twisted or look diseased with dry pustules that are grey or brown.

It’s important not to touch the plants or brush against them, as this can disrupt the spores and speed up its spread.

Any suspected cases of myrtle rust can be reported to the MPI hotline on 0800 80 99 66. MPI will investigate suspected cases, track and monitor spread, and collect information to help understand the disease’s impact on New Zealand.

KVH has recently taken part in myrtle rust surveillance training with Tauranga Moana Iwi, focused especially around Mauao/Mount Maunganui, to help raise awareness of the fungus, what to look out for, and what to do if symptoms are seen.

 

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Making sure the kiwifruit industry has a say
22 March 2018
KVH has an active advocacy role for the kiwifruit industry, working with regulators to influence biosecurity legislation, policies and standards that may impact on the industry; and to influence...
Making sure the kiwifruit industry has a say
22 March 2018

KVH has an active advocacy role for the kiwifruit industry, working with regulators to influence biosecurity legislation, policies and standards that may impact on the industry; and to influence individual decisions on specific issues.

Submissions currently underway by KVH include:

·         A submission on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) proposed changes to cost recovery for some services.  KVH’s submission details our support of MPI investing to improve effectiveness of the biosecurity system and reinforces our view that the system needs investment in pre-border activities as well as front line initiatives.

·         A submission to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Long Term Plan to increase resourcing for biosecurity programmes and continue the partnership between the council, KVH, and landowners to destroy wild kiwifruit.

·         A submission to Auckland Council supporting the category and approach for wild kiwifruit management within their proposed Regional Pest Management Plan.

·         A submission to Marlborough District Council requesting wild kiwifruit be named an Exclusion Pest within their proposed Regional Pest Management Plan and included in the group of plants for which regular surveillance is undertaken.

These last three submissions also included requests that councils continue to assist MPI and the kiwifruit industry in any future response for pests such as Queensland Fruit Fly or Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, should they be detected within their regions.

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