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Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Connecting biosecurity knowledge across communities
3 October 2019
Last month KVH attended the 2019 APEN (Australia-Pacific Extension Network) conference in Darwin. This visit to the Top End offered a chance to meet and learn from a diverse range of extension...
Connecting biosecurity knowledge across communities
3 October 2019

Last month KVH attended the 2019 APEN (Australia-Pacific Extension Network) conference in Darwin. This visit to the Top End offered a chance to meet and learn from a diverse range of extension professionals from primary industries, education and research groups from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Themed Extending horizons, the conference emphasis was on the value of connecting growers and communities with research, tools and technologies to allow them to prepare for and prosper through changes affecting primary industries now and into the future.

Keynote speakers acknowledged climate change, biosecurity, retention of licence to operate and sustainability as current and future challenges and pointed to the value of working collaboratively within industry and with governments to bring about new and better practices. 

Creating networks that encompass diverse views and learning to move past resistance to change were considered important tasks for primary industries as together everyone works towards feeding local and global populations into the future.

The 196 delegates shared 19 hours of presentations, and amazing “only in the Northern territory” field trips to a crocodile farm, the buffalo dairy industry, Adelaide river wetlands, the Darwin aquaculture centre and Darwin’s medical research institute which is a global leader in tropical research.

Company Notices
3 October 2019
KiwiNet national award finalist
3 October 2019
KiwiNet - the kiwifruit industry’s network of biosecurity advocates and trained responders to incursions, managed by KVH - was announced last week as a finalist in the industry category for the...
KiwiNet national award finalist
3 October 2019

KiwiNet - the kiwifruit industry’s network of biosecurity advocates and trained responders to incursions, managed by KVH - was announced last week as a finalist in the industry category for the 2019 Biosecurity Awards.

We're delighted to share this news because KiwiNet is made up of more than 30 organisations from across the kiwifruit industry, most of whom have contributed staff and resources to the recent fruit fly responses in Auckland, and is a true example of how much can be achieved when an industry works together as one.

You can read more about KiwiNet, including some profiles from people within the industry who were recently in Auckland working on the fruit fly responses here.

There is more good news – Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) has also been announced as a finalist in the community award category for new projects. We’ve been a member of TMBC since the creation of the initiative, which brings together a coalition of willing groups and establishes Tauranga Moana iwi at the centre of our regional biosecurity team. As well as iwi, members include community groups, industry, businesses, agencies, educators, scientists and others striving to achieve biosecurity excellence.

The Biosecurity Awards take place Monday 4 November when winners will be announced at an event in Auckland.

Company Notices
3 October 2019
KVH Associate Director vacancy
3 October 2019
KVH has an exciting development opportunity for a future leader within the kiwifruit industry.  We are seeking an upcoming leader to join the Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated Board of...
KVH Associate Director vacancy
3 October 2019

KVH has an exciting development opportunity for a future leader within the kiwifruit industry. 

We are seeking an upcoming leader to join the Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated Board of Directors as an Associate Director. 

This opportunity will expose the successful applicant to gain experience in governance, leadership and strategy while bringing his/her own industry knowledge and experience to the KVH Board table.   

The Associate Director will also have the opportunity to be mentored by an Industry Leader and a contribution from KVH towards their governance training. 

This is a non-voting role however the Board seeks full participation in meetings and will welcome constructive contributions from the Associate Director in the workings of the Board. 

For further information please view the position description or contact Jacqui Craig at KVH on 0800 665 825. 

To apply, please email your current CV and application letter to Jacqui Craig.

Applications close Friday 25 October 2019.

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Biosecurity 2025
3 October 2019
Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and...
Biosecurity 2025
3 October 2019

Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and future-focused to protect our taonga and New Zealand from pests and diseases.

KVH is a key partner in Biosecurity 2025. There are a number of kiwifruit industry, community, and regional initiatives KVH helps drive that are part of this national strategy.

Ko Tātou This Is Us
Biosecurity keeps our incredible home safe from pests and diseases. Ko Tātou This Is Us asks us to take a moment to think about how biosecurity protects our way of life, the outdoor environment where we fish, farm, hunt and explore, the beautiful biodiversity of our unique ecosystem and even the food we eat.

Every New Zealander has a role to play in preventing pests and diseases from getting into New Zealand or helping to stop their spread if they do get here. It takes all of us to protect what we’ve got. View the video below and visit the Ko Tātou This Is Us website to learn more. You can also watch the kiwifruit industry's Ko Tātou This Is Us video - championing the importance of biosecurity to best business practice - here.

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) 
This is a collaboration between Tauranga Moana iwi, local industries and business, science institutions, educators, central and local government. Its purpose is leading and taking collaborative action towards biosecurity excellence.

This coalition is an exemplar for regional collaboration and partnership - it is an example of Ko Tātou This Is Us in action, building a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders.

Our TMBC focus is on working with rangatahi in partnerships with educators; connecting our communities to the importance of biosecurity; and building collaboration across iwi, hapu, community organisations, industries, science and Matauranga Maori experts, central government and local government to achieve biosecurity excellence. Visit the TMBC website to learn more.

Biosecurity Excellence at the Port of Tauranga
This award-winning partnership was formed in 2014 between the Port, several primary industries, and central and local government agencies to prevent and respond to biosecurity risks through the Port of Tauranga.

All groups have come together with the goal of having no incursions through the Port. This is achieved by working collaboratively and being  committed to biosecurity excellence, through effective biosecurity awareness and the use of the very best tools and technologies, backed by science.

Grower News
26 September 2019
Aureo Gold update
26 September 2019
UPL, the suppliers of Aureo Gold, last week recalled a batch of the product (X802F4), and are running further testing on all Aureo Gold stock to check that it's in specification. At this stage...
Aureo Gold update
26 September 2019

UPL, the suppliers of Aureo Gold, last week recalled a batch of the product (X802F4), and are running further testing on all Aureo Gold stock to check that it's in specification.

At this stage they don't have a date when stock will be available, but testing will take at least three weeks.

Zespri recommends growers hold off using any stock you have (including if it's from a different batch) until advised otherwise.

Organic growers have the option of using copper (although note that the annual limit for active copper is now reduced to 3kg/ha), while up till flowering conventional growers have a wider range of products to choose from. Check the Crop Protection Standard for options and rates. 

Grower News
20 September 2019
Aureo Gold advice
20 September 2019
Zespri have today issued a special edition of KiwiTips adivising they have received notification that one of the batches of Aureo Gold recently imported into New Zealand is out of specification. If...
Aureo Gold advice
20 September 2019

Zespri have today issued a special edition of KiwiTips adivising they have received notification that one of the batches of Aureo Gold recently imported into New Zealand is out of specification.

If you've purchased this product, you may already have been contacted by your retailer about this.

Zespri are waiting for more information, but in the meantime, they suggest you don't use any product you have on hand.

For now there's not much to tell you but the following is recommend:
•    If you have stock on hand, hold off applying it until more is known.
•    If you have applied Aureo Gold already, let Zespri know. If you would like to speak to someone, you can call Mel Walker (Zespri's crop protection advisor) on 021 1822 343, or email spraydiary@zespri.com.

If you need to apply a Psa protectant product, check out the Crop Protection Standard for options - there are plenty available at this time of the season for conventional growers. 

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
Your new seasonal management guide
19 September 2019
A reminder the Psa Seasonal Management Wall Chart for the 2019-20 season is out now (you should have received an A2 poster copy in your August Zespri Kiwiflier). You can view and download the chart...
Your new seasonal management guide
19 September 2019

A reminder the Psa Seasonal Management Wall Chart for the 2019-20 season is out now (you should have received an A2 poster copy in your August Zespri Kiwiflier).

You can view and download the chart from the KVH website or contact us if you’d like extra posters sent to you.

A key feature is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the upcoming seasons approved products for protection against Psa, their year-round application rates and permitted use periods. The biggest changes to this season’s wall chart are:
 

·         The addition of a Bio-bactericides section, listing details for the use of Actigard.

·         The removal of Caplit from the CPPU section.

·         More emphasis on cultural management of Psa, including information about sanitising tools and pruning.

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
Stink bug round up
19 September 2019
Earlier this week the Newsroom news site published an article and podcast on Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), the havoc they’re wreaking overseas, and the nationwide efforts underway here to...
Stink bug round up
19 September 2019

Earlier this week the Newsroom news site published an article and podcast on Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), the havoc they’re wreaking overseas, and the nationwide efforts underway here to keep this unwanted and damaging pest out.

The entertaining podcast tells the history of stink bugs in Asia, the USA and Europe from a grower perspective, explains why we have a high-risk season, and includes great interviews with Cath Duthie from Biosecurity New Zealand (who has seen BMSB first-hand through her extensive visits to Europe and in particularly Georgia), David Vinsen from the Vehicle Importers Association and Ed Massey from NZ Wine who is Chair of the BMSB Council - the joint industry group working together to raise awareness about the impacts of BMSB and managing all the ‘cool stuff’ being researched to keep it out.

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
BioGro lowers copper input limits for organic production
19 September 2019
BioGro has confirmed that from last Wednesday 11 September 2019, the limit on the use of copper-based inputs for organic production has been lowered to 3kg active copper/ha/year. This applies to...
BioGro lowers copper input limits for organic production
19 September 2019

BioGro has confirmed that from last Wednesday 11 September 2019, the limit on the use of copper-based inputs for organic production has been lowered to 3kg active copper/ha/year.

This applies to all BioGro Licensees and flags the end of an interim exemption which allowed a temporary increase to 6kg/ha/year to support growers in the control of Psa following the disease’s outbreak.

BioGro certified products with ACVM registration for Psa affected by this change include Nordox 75WG, AG Copp 75, Champion++, and Hortcare Copper Hydroxide 300.

BioGro Licensees should contact the BioGro office with any queries or concerns regarding this change.

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
No fear of reporting suspect finds
19 September 2019
The sooner you alert us to anything unusual, the more we can do to help. Early detection is key to eradication – if we don’t report and miss this window, any one of a number of unwanted...
No fear of reporting suspect finds
19 September 2019

The sooner you alert us to anything unusual, the more we can do to help. Early detection is key to eradication – if we don’t report and miss this window, any one of a number of unwanted pests could establish and be a challenge we have to deal with forever.

We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result. 

KVH has developed Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted information and fact sheets, which are available on the KVH website. While these organisms are considered the greatest potential threats to the kiwifruit industry, the next incursion we face could be another damaging pest or disease not yet on our radar. Look out for plants displaying any unusual symptoms and pests not commonly seen.

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
Travelling overseas these school holidays?
19 September 2019
Kiwifruit growers travelling during the school break (starting next Friday 27 September) may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because Biosecurity New...
Travelling overseas these school holidays?
19 September 2019

Kiwifruit growers travelling during the school break (starting next Friday 27 September) may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because Biosecurity New Zealand border staff consider occupation as part of their risk assessment, and growers could potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

Kiwifruit growers returning to New Zealand should:

·         Before packing, clean all risk items (e.g. shoes and equipment) that may have come into contact with any soil or plant material. Ideally use a sanitiser.

·         Declare any visits to an orchard or farm while overseas.

·         Declare or dispose of any risk goods on entry (e.g. food items).

·         Answer all questions honestly, even if it means a short delay getting through border clearance.

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

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
Psa monitoring window
19 September 2019
Budbreak is well underway for most Gold3 sites and it is recommended growers complete Psa monitoring rounds to check for early signs of the diseases. Reports from Gisborne, Edgecumbe and Opotiki...
Psa monitoring window
19 September 2019

Budbreak is well underway for most Gold3 sites and it is recommended growers complete Psa monitoring rounds to check for early signs of the diseases.

Reports from Gisborne, Edgecumbe and Opotiki regions confirm exudate is now showing in Psa cankers and some girdles for sites where Psa has been more prevalent. A few new hot spots have also been seen, often where spray programmes or hygiene have been compromised.

The Psa Risk Model currently shows fine weather through to Tuesday next week for most regions, with a four-to-five-day period of moderate risk following. Advice is to complete monitoring and ensure copper protection of new growth before this risk period.

A review of the number of days with moderate or severe Psa risk reported through winter and early spring (across the weather station network) can give growers some clues as to which regions may have more Psa pressure this year.

Whangarei has the highest number of risk days (65 days), followed by Waikato (55 days), Te Puna, Katikati, Kerikeri and Waihi (43-50 days). Nelson, Edgecumbe, Opotiki and Te Puke have between 34-39 days, while Gisborne and the Hawkes Bay had drier winters reporting around 25 days of moderate or severe Psa risk through the period.

Image below: KVH Risk Model view of Te Puke risk through to the end of September

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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