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Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Summer action at the border
22 March 2018
It was a busy summer at New Zealand’s borders, with increases in almost every type of intervention activity for cargo, vessels, mail and passengers. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)...
Summer action at the border
22 March 2018

It was a busy summer at New Zealand’s borders, with increases in almost every type of intervention activity for cargo, vessels, mail and passengers.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) summer infographic report for December 2017 – February 2018 shows that stopping our most unwanted pests, namely fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), is still a big focus.


There were 10 interceptions of fruit fly over the period and almost 200 BMSB events.  The BMSB statistics are up on the previous year, highlighting how much of an increased risk we face from this invasive pest as it spreads around other countries and how important it is we continue to take a hard line ensuring high-risk goods and freight is cleaned and treated offshore as much as possible.

Two million passengers arrived at our international airports over the three-month period, a 5% increase on the previous year. The most common undeclared item seized by officials was fresh produce, found 3,111 times. Fresh fruit and vegetables cannot be bought in to New Zealand by passengers and this material poses a great fruit fly risk –  check that anyone visiting or working on your orchard from overseas doesn’t have any fresh produce with them. Make sure any items they may have inadvertently bought with them is destroyed by being bagged and put in the rubbish, not composted.

Other summer statistics of interest for the kiwifruit industry:

·         17 bulk car carriers visited New Zealand. Four were denied entry due to the presence of live stink bugs associated with vehicles out of Japan.

·         1,821 cargo consignments were targeted for BMSB inspection. This is more than double the previous year due to increased targeting measures by MPI.

·         67,488 empty containers imported, 92% of which were clean on arrival.

KVH is fully supportive of the strong actions MPI staff are taking at the border, and the policy settings put in place to make sure the cargo and goods arriving here meet our strict biosecurity standards. We will continue to work closely with MPI to influence the development of policies and standards that may impact the kiwifruit industry, and to influence decisions on specific issues.

 

Company Notices
22 March 2018
Bye bye Barry
22 March 2018
After six years at KVH this is my last week - and final Bulletin - as I leave the industry to now focus on my orchard and governance roles. I joined the team in 2012 when the industry was still...
Bye bye Barry
22 March 2018

After six years at KVH this is my last week - and final Bulletin - as I leave the industry to now focus on my orchard and governance roles.

I joined the team in 2012 when the industry was still coming to grips with Psa and not yet seeing a very clear pathway ahead to recovery. Looking back at my first
Bulletin reminds me how far we’ve all come -  it related to Psa only and we were talking about developing pamphlets and videos to promote the need for hygiene practices; the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry had just revoked movement restrictions in Te Puke; and we had a big project underway to start capturing Psa research ideas.

During my six years I have been really impressed with the leadership in the industry, able to tackle the big and difficult issues while focussing on what is best for growers.

My thanks go out to all growers, postharvest, and Zespri for the support and commitment over the years. It has been a pleasure working with you all as we’ve overcome some huge challenges faced by our industry.
 
Many thanks to past and present members of the KVH team too. Bulletin readers will know the team well and see them often – they’re a committed group of people and I have absolute confidence in the organisation going forward (with Stu Hutchings at the helm) being a necessary protector for our fantastic industry.

Company Notices
22 March 2018
New Chief Executive onboard next week
22 March 2018
KVH is excited to be welcoming new Chief Executive Stu Hutchings to the team on Monday. Prior to taking up the new role Stu was a Group Manager for OSPRI, a partnership between primary industries...
New Chief Executive onboard next week
22 March 2018

KVH is excited to be welcoming new Chief Executive Stu Hutchings to the team on Monday.

Prior to taking up the new role Stu was a Group Manager for OSPRI, a partnership between primary industries and government to manage the NAIT and TBfree programmes. He has had experience as Acting Chief Executive there, aswell as at the Animal Health Board.

Stu comes to the kiwifruit industry experienced in management of biosecurity risks, developing research and innovation programmes, and working on a day-to-day basis with farmers and growers, alongside industry and government.

The focus for Stu once he’s in the hot seat next week is to get out and meet growers and industry people, and ensuring there is full representation for all kiwifruit growers (through KVH) to protect orchards and livelihoods from our most unwanted and destructive pests and pathogens.

Read more about Stu and the December announcement of his appointment in the KVH press release.

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Unwanted!
22 March 2018
Each month we profile one of the 12 most unwanted pests featured on our ‘Port of Tauranga – committed to biosecurity excellence’ calendar. They could all potentially enter our...
Unwanted!
22 March 2018

Each month we profile one of the 12 most unwanted pests featured on our ‘Port of Tauranga – committed to biosecurity excellence’ calendar. They could all potentially enter our borders and have a major impact on the local community and businesses, the kiwifruit industry or other local growers.

This month, the focus is on the Painted Apple Moth (PAM).



A voracious and indiscriminate eater, the PAM from South Australia is a threat to horticulture, forestry, and possibly indigenous trees. It attacks the fruit and leaves of multiple horticultural crops and although kiwifruit is not a reported host an incursion may still have implications. A previous incursion in Auckland (1999) had significant impacts until it was successfully declared as eradicated in 2006.

The economic analysis of its potential impact in New Zealand was determined to be up to $356 million. At least three quarters of these impacts would have been production losses and spraying costs in plantation forestry. About $65 million was spent on the successful eradication programme.

The male moth has a 2.5cm wingspan, a dark brown forewing marked with a black band, and an orange hindwing. The wingless female moth is about 1cm long and is covered with thick short brown hairs - she looks like a small, brown, hairy cocoon. The mature larva or caterpillar is about 3cm long and is covered with dense brown hairs.

Everyone can play a part in keeping unwanted pests and diseases out of New Zealand. If you come across anything unusual catch it, take a photo, and report it to the exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Reminder to be on the lookout for anything unusual
22 March 2018
Growers are asked to keep an eye out for signs of their fruit being affected by any pests or bugs, particularly deposits of white exudate on the outer skin. KVH and Zespri are working closely with...
Reminder to be on the lookout for anything unusual
22 March 2018

Growers are asked to keep an eye out for signs of their fruit being affected by any pests or bugs, particularly deposits of white exudate on the outer skin.

KVH and Zespri are working closely with a small number of growers in Northland (as well as with research experts) who have reported low levels of damage to some of their fruit, to learn more about what’s happening to the fruit itself and what’s been seen on the affected orchards.

Most of the damaged kiwifruit is being found on edge rows in blocks and includes very small pinprick sized holes on the fruit. The area around the hole can be slightly darker or slightly depressed. There is often a small white deposit near the holes, which can be easily brushed off.  



Growers have told us they’ve seen the same symptoms at this time of the year in the pa
st - especially the white exudate - so the recent warm, wet and humid weather conditions (typical of the season) are a timely reminder to be on the lookout.

KVH is keen to hear from any grower that may have similar symptoms so that we can learn more about where and when fruit is being affected.

If you spot anything similar let your postharvest company know, take a photo and report it to KVH by emailing info@kvh.org.nz or phone us on 0800 665 825.

Company Notices
8 March 2018
Get your news from the KVH podcast
8 March 2018
The February Snapshot podcast is online summarising latest news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and reminders of upcoming events....
Get your news from the KVH podcast
8 March 2018

The February Snapshot podcast is online summarising latest news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and reminders of upcoming events. It’s free and available now on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes.

We hope you enjoy listening and look forward to your feedback on this new channel of communication we’ve created to help make it easier for growers to stay up-to-date with the latest important news.

Biosecurity News
8 March 2018
Top tips for harvest hygiene
8 March 2018
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...
Top tips for harvest hygiene
8 March 2018

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.

Growers are responsible for protecting their orchards, and others, by ensuring the movement of harvest equipment, people and bins onto and around their orchard is minimised.

Top tips for harvest hygiene preparation:

  • Clear loadout areas of weeds before harvest.
  • Clearly mark parking and hygiene control areas.
  • Allow only essential vehicles into the production area.
  • Limit access to established roads and tracks.
  • Make sure contractors and staff understand your hygiene requirements.
  • Check all equipment (harvest bins, harvest machinery, picking bags etc) coming on to your orchard is free of plant and soil material.
  • Ensure people check that clothing, particularly headwear and footwear, is free of plant material on entry and exit.
  • Do not allow workers to bring imported fruit onto the orchard.

With extra people through orchards more pairs of eyes can be on the lookout for unusual vine symptoms or pests. 

Biosecurity News
8 March 2018
Welcome overseas workers, not their hitchhiking mates
8 March 2018
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
8 March 2018

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. There have been several reports of fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursions close to home in Australia, stink bugs continue to wreak havoc across Europe and the USA, and the soil-borne Brazilian Wilt has caused up to 50% vine loss on Brazilian kiwifruit orchards over recent years.

·         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 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and then appropriately destroyed by being bagged and put in the rubbish, not composted.

Keep an eye out for any unusual symptoms on your vines. If you observe any sudden vine wilt - for reasons other than the persistent heat recently - contact us immediately. We have great links to MPI and can quickly distinguish the unusual from the ordinary. We are always keen to hear from anyone who may have concerns.

Biosecurity News
8 March 2018
Stink bugs in Georgia
8 March 2018
They say a picture can paint a thousand words. Photos and videos just in from Georgia show the impact the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has had on crops in the European country over recent years...
Stink bugs in Georgia
8 March 2018

They say a picture can paint a thousand words. Photos and videos just in from Georgia show the impact the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has had on crops in the European country over recent years and reminds us why we absolutely must keep it out of New Zealand.

BMSB was first found in Georgia in 2015 and pest populations have built extremely quickly resulting in agricultural damage within just a few years. As an example of the damage it can do to one product alone, it destroyed much of the hazelnut harvest last year resulting in damages of NZD$84 million.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is aware of the situation with BMSB in Georgia and are managing pathways appropriately.

View the photos and videos here.

Biosecurity News
8 March 2018
No longer a rural-urban biosecurity divide
8 March 2018
KVH was pleased to see that a new survey has found Kiwis – both rural and urban – hold similar and positive views on biosecurity, with most people agreeing that unwanted pests and...
No longer a rural-urban biosecurity divide
8 March 2018

KVH was pleased to see that a new survey has found Kiwis – both rural and urban – hold similar and positive views on biosecurity, with most people agreeing that unwanted pests and diseases are a threat.

The New Zealanders’ views of the primary sector survey, released by the Minister for Biosecurity last week, measures change against a 2008 benchmark survey and sought participants views on key issues facing the primary sector including biosecurity, animal welfare, and climate change.

Just over 1,200 people and nine focus groups contributed to the survey which can be read in full here.

When it comes to biosecurity, the findings were:

       Most respondents were concerned about the threat of pests and diseases to New Zealand.

       Almost all (87%) urban and (88%) rural respondents agreed that, ‘Pests and diseases are a threat to New Zealand’.

       Both urban and rural respondents also placed a high level of responsibility on all parts of society for helping to protect New Zealand from the entry or spread of pests and diseases.

       There was strong support in focus groups for taking measures to control pests and diseases.

       Participants suggested talking more about biosecurity in schools and making the issue more real for people by focusing on the impacts an incursion would have on local businesses, families and jobs. These are two things KVH is also concentrating on with initiatives like Biosecurity Week in Tauranga and this summer’s Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign, and the new House of Science classroom biosecurity kits.

 

Biosecurity News
8 March 2018
Biosecurity in the classroom
8 March 2018
An exciting new biosecurity education kit is ready for its test-drive in local classrooms this month. Officially launched by the House of Science last week, the kit is a biosecurity focussed...
Biosecurity in the classroom
8 March 2018

An exciting new biosecurity education kit is ready for its test-drive in local classrooms this month.

Officially launched by the House of Science last week, the kit is a biosecurity focussed classroom pack for school children in years 1 to 8. It is designed to engage students in hands-on science activities in the classroom and includes biosecurity activities such as bug identification, insect trapping, surveillance and border inspection.

The activities come together in a challenging board game in which players work as a team to manage a biosecurity system that holds up against some of the world’s nastiest invaders such as fruit flies and stink bugs.

The aim of this new classroom tool is to create an experience for kids and teachers that is engaging and memorable so that ideally, this awareness stays with them as they grow into tomorrow’s biosecurity champions.

Complementing the local Tauranga biosecurity excellence partnership, the biosecurity kit has been sponsored by KVH, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the Port of Tauranga and other local industries. It has been developed by Better Border Security with House of Science and is available to participating schools who book the kit for a week at a time.

Social scientists will be measuring the change in biosecurity awareness resulting from use of the kit, as well as its retention over time. 

Biosecurity News
8 March 2018
The kids are doing it: six-year-old stink bug finder
8 March 2018
Following the theme of future biosecurity champions, we were thrilled to get a report from a local primary school about the discovery of a potential unwanted stink bug. Prior to leaving school, a...
The kids are doing it: six-year-old stink bug finder
8 March 2018

Following the theme of future biosecurity champions, we were thrilled to get a report from a local primary school about the discovery of a potential unwanted stink bug.

Prior to leaving school, a six-year-old student at Matahui School in Katikati found a stink bug nymph, had Mum take a photo and then proudly showed the critter off to Dad. Being the small world that it is, Dads work sometimes relates to the kiwifruit industry and he had been contacted in the past by KVH about Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) so knew to make a report when he saw something unusual.

Formal identification by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) found that the bug was a native Australian Green Shield Bug.

This is a fantastic example of the great awareness of our environment, and all the living things in it (of which biosecurity is such an important element) being built up from the ground level by teachers and principals day-to-day in, and outside of the classroom. Raising public awareness is what we are all about, and our goal is for the whole country to form a team of 4.7 million biosecurity conscious New Zealanders by 2025.

The Principal at Matahui School says the school promotes this type of learning and he will keep his young scientists out-and-about in the local environment exploring, investigating, and understanding the need to spot and report anything unusual.

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