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Company Notices
14 December 2017
Merry Christmas from KVH
14 December 2017
  The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 8 January 2018. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief...
Merry Christmas from KVH
14 December 2017

 

The KVH office will be closed from midday on Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 8 January 2018. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive Barry O’Neil on 022 108 7007.

A reminder also that Hill Laboratories have limited hours for testing over the Christmas period.
Read the article from last fortnights Bulletin for exact dates and the new address samples should be sent to.

 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
KVH visits fruit importers
14 December 2017
New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can always...
KVH visits fruit importers
14 December 2017

New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can always strengthen the system and further reduce the risk by not taking imported fruit into orchards or discarding waste material near vines.

Over the last fortnight, KVH visited several key fruit importers to raise awareness of biosecurity threats, highlight steps they can take to mitigate risk, and spread the message on the importance of biosecurity to our industry.

We also distributed posters with important and useful information on pests to look out for that importers can display at their facilities.

Thanks to all the importers we visited. The level of awareness about unwanted pests has impressed us, as has the level of co-operation and willingness to contribute to ideas to improve biosecurity. 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Latest fruit fly interceptions
14 December 2017
The latest KVH risk update for fruit flies has been published. Incorporating the latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) the update includes border interceptions over the...
Latest fruit fly interceptions
14 December 2017

The latest KVH risk update for fruit flies has been published.

Incorporating the latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) the update includes border interceptions over the high-risk period so far, and updated surveillance trapping information.

The risk period for fruit flies stretches over the summer until June. Remain vigilant, know what to look for, and what to do if you suspect you may have found any kind of unwanted fruit fly. Fact sheets about fruit flies are available on the
KVH website.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Managing stink bug finds close to home
14 December 2017
In a timely example of the high-risk season being well and truly upon us, there was a report on Stuff.co.nz on the first day of summer about 15 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) being found at the...
Managing stink bug finds close to home
14 December 2017

In a timely example of the high-risk season being well and truly upon us, there was a report on Stuff.co.nz on the first day of summer about 15 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) being found at the border by staff within a transitional facility in Christchurch.

This report followed on from a
news item out of Australia where BMSB were found in Sydney a week prior.

In both the Christchurch and Sydney examples the bugs were found in cargo that had been imported from Italy, and fumigated (in accordance with both country’s strict biosecurity protocols) pre-arrival. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is following up the incident with the fumigator in Italy and is also working closely with Australian counterparts to learn more about what happened in their case.

KVH is in regular contact with MPI about the finds to make sure the cases are followed up thoroughly. We have been strong advocates for the tightest possible measures to reduce the likelihood of pest entry and have worked with MPI in the last 18 months in relation to interceptions of both BMSB and White Peach Scale on consignments of Italian kiwifruit, and improved import requirements such as this summer’s amendments to rules for the import of vehicles, machinery and other equipment from Italy.  

Both recent interceptions illustrate what we already know: this is the high-risk season for many of our most unwanted pests and they could cross our border from any source. The diligent action taken by the transitional facility approved person in Christchurch who notified MPI allowed biosecurity risk to be mitigated very quickly. Proof of the difference we can all make and that we – as an industry and as individuals – must be vigilant, know what to look out for, and immediately report any potential finds.

The BMSB page of the KVH website contains information and short videos about the impacts of this bug on homes, orchards, and industries overseas. There are also monthly KVH Risk Updates that detail activities underway over the high-risk season to reduce the risk of this pest getting here and establishing, and one page easy to read readiness plans that describe the work KVH and the kiwifruit industry have done to ensure preparedness for a New Zealand incursion.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Look out for unwanted travellers this Christmas
14 December 2017
The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage. Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and...
Look out for unwanted travellers this Christmas
14 December 2017

The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage.

Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and check any packages or bags from overseas for hitchhiking pests like Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

Open overseas parcels in a closed room and if you find anything unusual, catch it, photograph it, and report it. 
Watch and share a short video about checking parcels for unwanted visitors.

Kiwifruit growers and other passengers associated with primary sectors travelling over the Christmas and New Year period may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because they potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

KVH has put together a useful
fact sheet outlining what kiwifruit growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home. 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
KiwiNet working towards biosecurity excellence
14 December 2017
KVH yesterday facilitated it’s twice-annual KiwiNet workshop, with around 50 participants attending the days presentations. The workshop focussed on increasing biosecurity best practice;...
KiwiNet working towards biosecurity excellence
14 December 2017

KVH yesterday facilitated it’s twice-annual KiwiNet workshop, with around 50 participants attending the days presentations.

The workshop focussed on increasing biosecurity best practice; progress that has been made over the last six months on kiwifruit industry readiness for our most unwanted pest threats; research underway to learn more about kiwifruit fungal pathogens like Brazilian Wilt and Verticillium Wilt; and what KVH learnt from contributing to the BMSB response in Santiago, Chile.

Guest presenters included Ed Massey from NZ Wine who provided an overview of the wine industry’s perspective on biosecurity, and Steve Gilbert from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) who updated the audience on MPI initiatives underway to enhance border biosecurity systems.

Attendees also took part in an exercise to help formulate the early draft of a workplan for initiatives that could be introduced over the next 12 months, within KVH and across the industry, to increase uptake (and remove barriers) of important on-orchard biosecurity behaviours like the checking and cleaning of tools and machinery, and reporting of new and unusual symptoms.


KiwiNet is a network of people selected from across the kiwifruit industry who champion biosecurity readiness and coordinate the deployment of industry resources into biosecurity responses. You can read more about the work of the network here and in your November/December issue of the Kiwifruit Journal.

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Actinidia Import Health Standard update
14 December 2017
As mentioned in October’s Bulletin, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is working on an Import Health Standard for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in...
Actinidia Import Health Standard update
14 December 2017

As mentioned in October’s Bulletin, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is 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 have completed the first step of the process, a pathway risk assessment to identify biosecurity threats that could potentially enter New Zealand on this pathway from any country. This risk assessment is now being internally peer reviewed at MPI and will be circulated to KVH and other stakeholders for external review before Christmas.  

A Risk Management Plan is currently being written to identify how these threats will be managed to ensure that any associated biosecurity risks are fully addressed.

Public consultation will occur with industry in 2018 and KVH will keep growers fully informed before any decisions are made on the outcome of this pathway.

Company Notices
14 December 2017
Liquidation of the KVH Foundation
14 December 2017
The proposed resolution to liquidate the KVH Foundation Incorporated was confirmed and passed at the Special General Meeting on Tuesday morning. The liquidation completes the process of Kiwifruit...
Liquidation of the KVH Foundation
14 December 2017

The proposed resolution to liquidate the KVH Foundation Incorporated was confirmed and passed at the Special General Meeting on Tuesday morning.

The liquidation completes the process of Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated and the KVH Foundation Incorporated moving to a single legal entity under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) - Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated - that represents the kiwifruit industry.

From here, liquidators will be appointed to formally dissolve the Foundation and complete all associated necessary legal requirements.

 

Biosecurity News
14 December 2017
Copper use after flowering
14 December 2017
Growers will be welcoming the blue skies and higher temperatures being seen across the country as typically Psa risk reduces significantly when temperatures rise to 20 degrees and above. A...
Copper use after flowering
14 December 2017


Growers will be welcoming the blue skies and higher temperatures being seen across the country as typically Psa risk reduces significantly when temperatures rise to 20 degrees and above. A reminder though to keep watching the risk model, as pockets of moderate and high-risk weather can still occur. Image above is from the Opotiki weather station.  


Psa leaf spots remain a potential inoculum source if weather favours Psa so it is important cover is applied following canopy work and male pruning rounds. Ensure protection is in place prior to high-risk weather.

When applying coppers, maintain a five to seven-day gap between applications of foliars and copper to minimise risk of phytotoxicity to leaves and fruit. Do not apply sprays in poor drying conditions, or high humidity, as risk of fruit staining increases.

Gold skin sensitivity commences around 21 days after fruit set with risk increasing between 28 and 42 days and reducing again between 42 and 80 days. For Hayward, 14 to 35 days after fruit set is considered a high-risk period. Copper may be applied during these periods but take care to ensure drying conditions are optimal.

Also choose low-risk weather periods when applying girdles. If copper sprays are used to cover girdling wounds, make sure correct rates are used. High rates of copper should not be applied directly to open girdles.

Grower News
30 November 2017
Grower presentation: keeping our border secure
30 November 2017
What’s happening at the border? Are we doing everything we can to keep unwanted pests and diseases out of the country? Growers are invited to attend a KVH-hosted presentation by Ministry for...
Grower presentation: keeping our border secure
30 November 2017

What’s happening at the border? Are we doing everything we can to keep unwanted pests and diseases out of the country?

Growers are invited to attend a KVH-hosted presentation by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Clearance Director Steve Gilbert, who will be discussing initiatives underway to ensure New Zealand’s border space keeps up with the ever changing - and increasing – biosecurity risks we face.

Steve will talk about how MPI’s border surveillance systems work and provide updates about the trends being seen in the passenger, mail, and cargo pathways of entry to New Zealand.

This presentation will also give growers an opportunity to learn more about MPI’s national strategic direction for biosecurity, and how the kiwifruit industry is involved through KVH initiatives such as incursion exercises; research projects; and events like the recent Biosecurity Week at the Port of Tauranga.

Seats are limited and only a small number of places are available, which will be confirmed on a first in-first serve basis. Growers wishing to attend must register with KVH by next Wednesday.

What: Border presentation from Steve Gilbert, MPI
When: Wednesday 13 December 2017, 1.00pm – 1.45pm (before the separate KVH KiwiNet meeting begins)
Where: Classic Flyers, 9 Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui
RSVP: Email KVH by Wednesday 6 December

 

Grower News
30 November 2017
Hill Laboratories have moved
30 November 2017
Hill labs have moved from their four Hamilton sites onto a single site. This move has been a significant investment in the future of the business, which Hills says will also bring more efficiencies...
Hill Laboratories have moved
30 November 2017

Hill labs have moved from their four Hamilton sites onto a single site. This move has been a significant investment in the future of the business, which Hills says will also bring more efficiencies for growers.

Psa samples should now be sent directly to the new lab at 28 Duke Street, Frankton, Hamilton, 3204.

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for samples arriving in the lab will be Friday 15 December 2017. Testing will resume Monday 8 January 2018.

Only KVH pre-arranged testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 18 December and 5 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. South Island).
 

Biosecurity News
30 November 2017
Psa effects to lessen over summer
30 November 2017
This spring has proven to be a difficult one for Psa on many sites across all growing regions with KVH still receiving reports of ongoing symptoms in Gold3.  For some sites cankers remain...
Psa effects to lessen over summer
30 November 2017

This spring has proven to be a difficult one for Psa on many sites across all growing regions with KVH still receiving reports of ongoing symptoms in Gold3. 

For some sites cankers remain active and collapsed canes and leaders continue to be removed. More Gold3 orchards have reported leaf spotting this year also, with many noticing increased flower abortion adjacent to these areas. Vines with root systems compromised by very wet weather or younger vines have been more affected.

Images from KVH visits to orchards this week are available here.

Symptoms are expected to reduce significantly as temperatures increase heading into summer. Similarly, for Hayward, Psa effects should reduce as the weather warms – the dry weather through Hayward pollination has been welcome.

Going forward, growers are reminded of the importance of continuing Psa protection and should use the KVH Psa Risk Model as a guide to upcoming high-risk weather. Also, choose dry weather for spring trunk girdling, male pruning and catch up canopy management or thinning rounds. Be sure to maintain tool hygiene between plants and bays.

KVH continues to visit and support growers seeing symptoms that appear quite different from previous years and growers are urged to contact KVH with any concerns about symptom levels seen this year or any unexplained vine symptoms.
 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz