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Biosecurity News
25 January 2018
What is GIA and how does it work?
25 January 2018
Ensuring we have an effective biosecurity system is a joint effort. All New Zealanders – industries, individuals, government, and other organisations – need to work together and jointly...
What is GIA and how does it work?
25 January 2018

Ensuring we have an effective biosecurity system is a joint effort. All New Zealanders – industries, individuals, government, and other organisations – need to work together and jointly take responsibility for the risks they create or are best placed to manage.

It’s for more than just interventions that occur at the border. It includes activities to manage risk offshore and activities past our border to eradicate or manage pests and diseases.

The Government Industry Agreement (GIA) initiative is a partnership between government and industry for improving New Zealand’s biosecurity. It involves working together to plan biosecurity readiness and response activities, and sharing decision-making, as well as costs.

The GIA provides the opportunity for joint decision making of the things that industry says are important. It provides certainty that the things that really matter to industry are being addressed. Better preparedness will result in faster and less costly responses that are more likely to eradicate or control pests and diseases. This will likely also reduce impacts on production and market access.

KVH was the first primary industry to sign the GIA Deed in May 2014. This marked a significant achievement for the kiwifruit industry and government.

The GIA Deed outlines the principles for the partnership and the commitments that each Signatory makes. For example, as a Deed Signatory, KVH negotiates and agrees the priority pests and diseases of most concern to the kiwifruit industry and agrees actions to minimise the risk and impact of an incursion. We work through the details of responses, including roles and responsibilities and cost-sharing.

KVH has been at the forefront of formally developing and finalising these details, known as Operational Agreements (OA). The first OA under GIA was the multi-sector agreement for the management of fruit fly in New Zealand. In March 2017 KVH signed a second agreement, on behalf of the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors, to help reduce the damaging impacts of four sector specific threats - Ceratocystis fimbriata, Verticillium Wilt, Psa-non New Zealand strains and Invasive Phytophthoras. A third OA for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) was signed in mid-July 2017.

For more information about GIA and how KVH is working with government to fight pest threats, read the feature article in the KVH Annual Report. You can also read more here about KVH readiness and response activities.
 

Biosecurity News
25 January 2018
Making use of the Psa Risk Model
25 January 2018
A reminder that KVH has developed an online video tutorial to guide growers through the Psa Risk Model. Developed as an online, weather-based decision support system, the model helps growers with...
Making use of the Psa Risk Model
25 January 2018

A reminder that KVH has developed an online video tutorial to guide growers through the Psa Risk Model.

Developed as an online, weather-based decision support system, the model helps growers with orchard management in a Psa environment. It includes actual weather station data and weather forecast details to provide customised access to unique disease information and interpretations.

Click here to view the tutorial and click here to access the model. Please note, growers must register first – this is to protect the IP in the model and keep costs for the service down. If you haven’t already done so, please register now.

For quick and easy access to the model:

-         We recommend using the Firefox or Google Chrome browsers, as Internet Explorer does not support the software used.

-         When you log in using your email address and password, tick the ‘remember me’ box so that your computer remembers your details and you won’t have to enter them each time.

-         If internet speed is an issue for you, setting a shorter time in the model will help the download pace.

-         If you have any queries please contat KVH on 0800 665 825 or email us. We’re happy to help.

 

Biosecurity News
25 January 2018
You have the power to protect your investment
25 January 2018
Biosecurity threats could affect your OGR, and have wider ramifications for the local community through loss of productivity and jobs, and potential movement restrictions. For example, Brazilian...
You have the power to protect your investment
25 January 2018

Biosecurity threats could affect your OGR, and have wider ramifications for the local community through loss of productivity and jobs, and potential movement restrictions. For example, Brazilian Wilt, the fungal disease decimating kiwifruit orchards in Brazil is resulting in up to 50% vine loss on some orchards and threatens the viability of their entire kiwifruit industry.

The best way to protect your orchard and investment is to have a good understanding of risks - restrict access to those who you are comfortable share your knowledge and requirements. This will limit or prevent the spread of unwanted pests and diseases vine-to-vine and between orchards. Be sure to consider the risk from people, vehicles, machinery and tools that come on to your property. Define and signpost access areas, using the free signs from KVH that are available through your local pack-house.

The importance of good biosecurity practices was highlighted last week by the farming industry, which is currently dealing with several properties infected with the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis. The president of Federated Farmers wrote a column for the NZ Herald reiterating their important on-farm biosecurity messages, which not surprisingly align well with what is standard across our kiwifruit industry.

Where and when restricting access isn’t practical, ensure good orchard hygiene practices, particularly the KVH hygiene recommendations, are followed. Tools should be cleaned and sanitised at least between rows to limit the inadvertent spread of biosecurity threats within the property. Diseases can be spread with tools that are not effectively sanitised between vines. When working in a disease affected orchard, best practice is to move from the least affected to the most affected areas.

Harvest is a time when there is a lot of movement onto and between orchards. Maintaining good orchard hygiene is particularly important over this period. Harvest bins in all regions must be sanitised and clear of plant material prior to reuse. Growers need to ensure bins moving onto their orchard are inspected and free of leaf and plant material, to minimise individual risk.

Share your biosecurity expertise with visitors, harvest staff, and contractors and make sure they know, and follow, your hygiene requirements. If anyone visiting or working on your property – including friends and family – have been overseas recently, consider the risks they pose through potentially dirty footwear and hitchhiking pests in luggage. Make sure everyone that works on your orchard also knows to report anything unusual to either the Ministry for Primary Industries on 0800 80 99 66 or KVH on 0800 665 825 (encourage them to add these numbers to their phone contacts).

Biosecurity News
25 January 2018
Unwanted!
25 January 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!
25 January 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 nun moth, not present in New Zealand and considered a serious pest to forestry industries across the world.





In countries where nun moth is established, the species undergoes outbreaks every few years causing significant damage to forests. Larvae feed on the foliage of a wide range of trees, causing defoliaton of leaves or needles. During outbreaks, complete defoliation of stands has been seen.

The nun moth is considered a serious biosecurity threat to New Zealand as it is a conifer-feeding specialist. It is also difficult to detect at the border as the females lay eggs deep within crevices on containers, pallets, and ships. If caught early it could be eradicated, however it would cause considerable growth loss if a population spread. Read more here.

Everyone can play a part in keeping unwanted pests and diseases out of New Zealand. If you come across anything unusual, catch it, snap it, and report it to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66.

Biosecurity News
25 January 2018
Latest BMSB finds at the border
25 January 2018
Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been more than 900 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found at the border. More detail can be read in the January KVH risk update...
Latest BMSB finds at the border
25 January 2018

Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been more than 900 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found at the border.

More detail can be read in the January KVH risk update for BMSB, which includes latest data reported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and information about activities involving KVH to make sure that everything possible is being done to manage the threat posed by this unwanted pest.

The risk period for BMSB stretches throughout the summer so remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about the impacts of this bug are available on the KVH website.

 

Biosecurity News
25 January 2018
Biosecurity risk at a glance
25 January 2018
The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry. The Dashboard is produced to give...
Biosecurity risk at a glance
25 January 2018

The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry.

The Dashboard is produced to give growers and the industry a view of current biosecurity threat levels and our ability to manage these threats should they arrive here.

Biosecurity News
11 January 2018
Help stop the stink bug invasion
11 January 2018
Summer in New Zealand means high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) hitchhiking in packages, luggage, cargo and on people. There have been fairly recent threats close to home - BMSB...
Help stop the stink bug invasion
11 January 2018

Summer in New Zealand means high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) hitchhiking in packages, luggage, cargo and on people.

There have been fairly recent threats close to home - BMSB were found at the border by staff within a transitional facility in Christchurch, and after a number were found in Sydney late last year having smuggled themseves into the country on a freight container, the NSW Department of Primary Industries has called on residents to be extra vigilant for the bug and regularly inspect their vegetable and fruit gardens to limit the likelihood of spread.

It’s important that everyone understands the seriousness of a BMSB invasion, as it is not just a horticultural pest but a real lifestyle pest as well. Not only will the bugs ruin crops and gardens, they will also infest buildings and houses. BMSB likes to hide in dark spaces, cracks and crevices. Keep an eye out for them and if you think you’ve found anything unusual catch it, snap it, and report it to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on 0800 80 99 66.

Check out this video from the USA where the ever-expanding BMSB population is taking over lifestyles. Share the video with your friends and family as everyone will be affected by this pest if it establishes in New Zealand.

Biosecurity News
11 January 2018
BMSB threat: stricter requirements for sea containers from Italy
11 January 2018
After KVH and other horticultural industries lobbied the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), we are pleased that changes have been made to import requirements for sea containers being loaded and...
BMSB threat: stricter requirements for sea containers from Italy
11 January 2018

After KVH and other horticultural industries lobbied the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), we are pleased that changes have been made to import requirements for sea containers being loaded and exported to New Zealand from Italy.

We have been discussing with MPI the need to implement stricter measures to help manage the risk of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) because of increased levels of detections of the bug at the border, and uncertainty around the ability of importers to verify compliance with import requirements.

Sea containers now have the same requirements as vehicles and machinery from Italy for fumigation or heat treatment which must take place before shipping. Documentation must be provided to MPI verifying this.

In place until March, the extra requirement means we, as an industry, can be more confident systems are in place that appropriately manage the risk posed by BMSB at our border over the high-risk summer period. MPI have listened to the concerns raised and taken the right steps. Read more detail about the MPI changes here.

Company Notices
11 January 2018
Happy New Year
11 January 2018
Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still on a well-earned break taking advantage of the warm weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with friends and...
Happy New Year
11 January 2018

Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still on a well-earned break taking advantage of the warm weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with friends and family over the holiday season.

The KVH office opened and returned to normal hours this week so please do get in touch if there is anything we can help with. The team have been out inspecting containers from Italy, and thankfully no stink bugs were found (read more about keeping this unwanted pest out). If anyone is importing containers from Europe, we’re happy to assist with inspection when devanning.

We look forward to working with you throughout the year to ensure our biosecurity system remains strong and we continue to keep damaging pests and diseases from reaching our orchards.

 

Company Notices
11 January 2018
New Chief Executive announced
11 January 2018
KVH has announced the appointment of Stu Hutchings as new Chief Executive. Stu takes over from current Chief Executive, Barry O’Neil, at the end of March. When announcing the appointment KVH...
New Chief Executive announced
11 January 2018

KVH has announced the appointment of Stu Hutchings as new Chief Executive.

Stu takes over from current Chief Executive, Barry O’Neil, at the end of March.

When announcing the appointment KVH Board Chairman, Adrian Gault, said Stu will join the KVH team well qualified with a wealth of experience and knowledge in management of biosecurity risks, research and innovation, and working alongside those within industry as well as government partners.

Stu’s most recent management role at OSPRI (a partnership between primary industries and government to manage the NAIT and TBfree programmes) has included responsibility for establishing the framework for delivery of a new long-term pest and disease management plan and several innovative research projects.

Stu is looking forward to joining a committed and future-thinking organisation that has great support and backing from kiwifruit growers, who he sees as key to the success of the industry.

Read more about Stu in the formal announcement here. 
 

Biosecurity News
11 January 2018
Summer high-risk for fruit fly
11 January 2018
It’s high-risk season for fruit flies entering New Zealand borders and KVH is calling for everyone travelling internationally at this time of year to be extra vigilant when returning to New...
Summer high-risk for fruit fly
11 January 2018

It’s high-risk season for fruit flies entering New Zealand borders and KVH is calling for everyone travelling internationally at this time of year to be extra vigilant when returning to New Zealand.

Over the last few summers there have been regular fruit fly interceptions this side of the border during the summer months, and as recently as February 2015 significant government and industry responses were triggered.

A Mediterranean Fruit Fly has also recently been found in Santiago, Chile, and efforts - including sampling, and treatment of soil on properties near the detection zone – are underway. The seasonal alignment of countries in the same hemisphere means that unwanted fruit flies arriving from Chile could get here in a life stage suited to the current climate and have an increased chance of survival.

Everyone in the kiwifruit industry is responsible for managing biosecurity risks when travelling. Always declare or dispose of biosecurity risk goods and use the KVH best practice guide to learn more about what can be expected through border control when arriving back in New Zealand. 

Biosecurity News
11 January 2018
Hitchhiking spider found on kiwifruit
11 January 2018
Thanks to the eagle eyes of a packhouse staff member, no biosecurity risk was faced after a live spider was discovered in a carton of imported Italian kiwifruit. In early January the spider was...
Hitchhiking spider found on kiwifruit
11 January 2018

Thanks to the eagle eyes of a packhouse staff member, no biosecurity risk was faced after a live spider was discovered in a carton of imported Italian kiwifruit.

In early January the spider was spotted on fruit delivered to the packhouse by a fresh fruit importer. It was photographed, captured, and reported through to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and KVH, who recently visited key fruit importers to raise awreness of biosecurity threats and highlight what they can do to mitigate risk.

The importer also checked and confirmed that there weren’t any further spiders or other bugs in their produce.

MPI have since ID’d the spider and confirmed no further acton is required.

Big congratulations to the packhouse and import staff involved for knowing what to do once they spotted something unusual and taking immediate action. The sooner MPI and KVH know of any possible biosecurity issue the sooner we can minimise any harm that might be done and make sure there is nothing for industry to worry about.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz