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Protocols & Movement Controls
19 September 2019
Mandatory monitoring underway
19 September 2019
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring from mid-September with results...
Mandatory monitoring underway
19 September 2019

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring from mid-September with results due to KVH by Thursday 31 October. To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available here.

Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form. If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required.

Media Releases
6 September 2019
Stink bug high-risk season starts again
6 September 2019
People are being encouraged to keep an eye out for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) now that the high-risk season has begun. BMSB is not currently established in New Zealand.  ‘We...
Stink bug high-risk season starts again
6 September 2019

People are being encouraged to keep an eye out for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) now that the high-risk season has begun. BMSB is not currently established in New Zealand. 

‘We are asking everyone to look out for this stinky pest as early detection is vital,’ says Dr Ed Massey, Chair of the BMSB Council. 

‘That means spreading the word so that all New Zealanders know what to look for and what to do if they see a BMSB, especially when opening overseas packages and when unpacking after an overseas holiday.’  

‘If you think you’ve seen this stink bug, catch it, snap it and report it by calling the Biosecurity New Zealand hotline on 0800 80 99 66.’ 

Although BMSB is a major concern to primary industry groups because it can destroy fruit and vegetable crops, it is also a significant public nuisance that will readily invade and infest people’s homes and outdoor spaces in large numbers, making it one of the top most unwanted pests that every New Zealander will want to keep out of our country.  

For the high-risk season, Biosecurity New Zealand has strengthened pre-shipment requirements when importing vehicles, machinery,  parts and sea containers from 33 high-risk countries.

‘The BMSB Council believes these measures will help to reduce the likelihood of BMSB crossing our borders through these higher risk pathways,’ adds Ed.  

The Council is a group of industry organisations that partner with Biosecurity New Zealand – through the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response – to improve New Zealand’s readiness for this high priority pest.

Work is also ongoing via the Council on the Samurai Wasp,  a poppy seed-sized natural enemy of BMSB which lays its eggs into the stink bug eggs preventing them from hatching. In August 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted pre-emptive approval - with controls - to release this natural enemy following a BMSB incursion.  

‘The Council has a complex programme underway to make sure a ready supply of wasps is availableand we are confident that it could be a key tool to fight these unwanted stink bugs.’ 

‘Worldwide, there are no facilities selling the wasps commercially and while several offshore labs have wasp colonies, they are primarily for research purposes. As a result, the BMSB Council is exploring options for sourcing the wasp such as rearing them offshore with the ability to ship to New Zealand or rearing them onshore under containment.’    

More information, including video and imagery is available on the KVH website and Biosecurity New Zealand website.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
New seasonal management guide out now
5 September 2019
The Psa Seasonal Management Wall Chart for the 2019-20 season is out now and an A2 poster copy is included in your latest Zespri Kiwiflier (you can also download a copy from the KVH website or...
New seasonal management guide out now
5 September 2019

The Psa Seasonal Management Wall Chart for the 2019-20 season is out now and an A2 poster copy is included in your latest Zespri Kiwiflier (you can also download a copy from the KVH website or contact us if you’d like extra copies sent to you).

A key feature of the wall chart 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.

Key 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.

Changes made to the chart and product list during the 2019-20 season will be made to the online version only and will be notified via the KVH Bulletin.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Check and clean in 60 seconds
5 September 2019
How easy is it to check and clean your tools before going onto or between orchards? Dave Robertson, a contractor who regularly works on kiwifruit orchards shows us how quick and easy it is to do in...
Check and clean in 60 seconds
5 September 2019

How easy is it to check and clean your tools before going onto or between orchards? Dave Robertson, a contractor who regularly works on kiwifruit orchards shows us how quick and easy it is to do in under a minute – watch the new video here.

Remember, you have the power to protect your livelihood:

·         Consider the risk from tools, vehicles and machinery, harvest bins, people, and clothing.

·         Ensure everything coming across your boundary is free from soil and plant material.

·         Sanitise highest-risk items.

·         Clean tools at least between rows.

R&D News
5 September 2019
Videos from Psa research day
5 September 2019
Continuing the battle on kiwifruit vine disease Psa, Zespri’s innovation team and KVH hosted a Psa R&D update in August which saw scientists share with growers and industry insights into...
Videos from Psa research day
5 September 2019

Continuing the battle on kiwifruit vine disease Psa, Zespri’s innovation team and KVH hosted a Psa R&D update in August which saw scientists share with growers and industry insights into their research on Psa.

Growers heard from a range of speakers including Marisa Till from Plant & Food Research who outlined the latest understanding around breeding new cultivars and rootstocks for resistance. Zespri and KVH provided updates on the future focus of Psa products, including products in the pipeline and how to get the best out of Aureo Gold. The day ended with a presentation from Linda Peacock at KVH on Psa Best Practice.

Videos of each presentation are available on the Zespri Canopy website here.  

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Most Unwanted time of year
5 September 2019
Fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) are considered two of the biggest biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry and from September they are both in their highest-risk period for...
Most Unwanted time of year
5 September 2019

Fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) are considered two of the biggest biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry and from September they are both in their highest-risk period for entry into New Zealand. A quick reminder of the damage these unwanted pests can do and what to look out for:

Fruit flies:

·         High likelihood of entry – have crossed our borders many times.

·         Production impacts for a range of horticultural crops but considered low for kiwifruit.

·         Severe market access restrictions, particularly for Queensland Fruit Fly, which is not present in most major kiwifruit markets.

BMSB:

·         Pierces kiwifruit resulting in fruit drop and rot. Fruit loss is typically 5-10% but up to 30% on worst blocks. Extremely difficult to eradicate – early detection is essential.

·         Major nuisance pest overwintering inside homes in huge numbers.

·         High likelihood of entry as a hitchhiker on shipping containers, cars, machinery and luggage.

For more information on these and other biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry, see the new Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list on the KVH website and contact us on 0800 665 825 if you would like one of the new posters or leaflets sent out to you.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Spreading the stink bug message
5 September 2019
KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), including a comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New...
Spreading the stink bug message
5 September 2019

KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), including a comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New Zealand and other horticultural groups known as the BMSB Council.

The campaign for the current high-risk season aims to lift public awareness around the damaging impacts of BMSB and increase the likelihood of early detection through passive surveillance.

KVH is co-funding the campaign, key aspects of which include print advertising in gardening magazines and grower publications; digital TV advertising on sites like TVNZ, Three Now and YouTube; displays on news website like Stuff and the NZ Herald; social media ads encouraging travellers and visitors to check their bags, rooms, and mail parcels; and digital advertising on screens at airports and shopping malls.
BMSB flyers and posters and videos are available from KVH by contacting us on 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Passenger compliance is up, risk is down
5 September 2019
International air travellers are less likely to get risk goods through border checks, according to a new air passenger compliance survey. The 2019 results show the overall compliance rate for...
Passenger compliance is up, risk is down
5 September 2019

International air travellers are less likely to get risk goods through border checks, according to a new air passenger compliance survey.

The 2019 results show the overall compliance rate for passengers entering New Zealand is 98.95%. Biosecurity New Zealand’s target is 98.5% and they say betterig this target in the face of increasing passenger numbers suggests the ongoing work to improve border controls is producing results.

Some of the survey highlights:

·         The highest performing exit lane was the Green Lane (99.2%). This result suggests officers are getting it right with their risk decisions – only low-risk passengers are are able to use this exit.

·         High-risk items are being stopped from entering New Zealand. Passenger compliance regarding goods associated with fruit fly and foot-and-mouth disease was very strong at 99.9%.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
More biosecurity awareness with travel authority
5 September 2019
The new Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) becomes mandatory for passengers arriving from visa waiver countries from 1 October. Driven by Immigration New Zealand, the initiative (that affects nearly...
More biosecurity awareness with travel authority
5 September 2019

The new Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) becomes mandatory for passengers arriving from visa waiver countries from 1 October.

Driven by Immigration New Zealand, the initiative (that affects nearly 1.5 million people each year) involves travellers and crew applying online to get permission to arrive in New Zealand before they get here – like what happens with the ESTA system in the USA. The application process will allow Biosecurity New Zealand to identify passengers that pose biosecurity risk earlier than they do now. It will also be a way of targeting biosecurity information at arriving passengers.

The ETA will give travellers permission to arrive in New Zealand - it doesn’t necessarily give permission to pass our borders. Biosecurity New Zealand will still work with immigration officers to deny travellers entry into New Zealand for serious biosecurity offences.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Sharing learnings with Australia
5 September 2019
Last month KVH attended the Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium in Brisbane, an inaugural event to share plant biosecurity research between trans-Tasman counterparts so that we can avoid duplicating...
Sharing learnings with Australia
5 September 2019

Last month KVH attended the Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium in Brisbane, an inaugural event to share plant biosecurity research between trans-Tasman counterparts so that we can avoid duplicating efforts and identify areas for future collaboration.

KVH presented on lessons from Psa and learnings for biosecurity readiness, and it was interesting to see several consistent themes come through in the presentations. Of interest was a presentation by Shane Templeton, from Templeton ginger who described his experience in dealing with a soil borne pathogen, Pythium rot (a close relative to Phytophthora).

Shane described how it took several years to report and take action to the unusual symptoms being observed on his property by which stage the pathogen had taken hold and about 30% of production was being lost. Through strict on-orchard biosecurity practices Shane managed to eventually get on top of the disease but it almost cost him the business, which is the largest fresh ginger operation in Australia and a business that has been in the family for three generations. Messages that are very relevant to the
on-orchard biosecurity guidelines that KVH released recently.

The need for investment in smarter tools and technology was also made clear in the opening address by Lyn O’Connell, Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Agriculture. Lyn provided an insight into how biosecurity risk is increasing with an ever more connected world. In Australia, it is expected that by 2025 volumes of cargo, containers, and passengers will each increase by over 70% from their current value. This increase in trade volumes, combined with an increase in the rate of pests spreading means that investment in biosecurity systems would need to triple just to maintain the current level of risk. A trend that is clearly not sustainable and therefore there is a growing need for science to deliver smarter approaches to managing risk, which was a key theme of the conference.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Fruitfed supporting biosecurity awareness
5 September 2019
This week KVH was invited to the Fruitfed Supplies (part of PGG Wrightson) kiwifruit and subtropical Crop Sector Group technical update to share updates on kiwifruit industry biosecurity threats and...
Fruitfed supporting biosecurity awareness
5 September 2019

This week KVH was invited to the Fruitfed Supplies (part of PGG Wrightson) kiwifruit and subtropical Crop Sector Group technical update to share updates on kiwifruit industry biosecurity threats and readiness efforts.

The annual conference provides staff supporting kiwifruit, avocado, citrus, blueberries, passionfruit, tamarillo and feijoa growers a chance to upskill knowledge, in keeping with the PGG Wrightson drive to “help grow the country”. With biosecurity threats ranked the number one risk to primary sector businesses for the ninth consecutive year by KPMG’s AgriBusiness Agenda survey it was fitting that biosecurity was part of this year’s programme.

Erin Lane, KVH’s Biosecurity Analyst, flagged increased Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) pressure in Europe this year with impacts on Italian pears described as “even more negative than any ominous initial forecast”. Reports suggest many crops will not be harvested due to BMSB damage levels. To help manage this risk to New Zealand, new rules for this stink bug season require offshore treatment of imported vehicles, machinery, and parts from 33 identified risk countries, and all sea containers from Italy.

The complexity of the ongoing fruit fly response in Auckland, development of the updated Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list, and readiness planning underway for invasive Phytophthora species were identified as onshore challenges on the KVH biosecurity radar.

The value and importance of the role horticultural technical advisers can play in raising awareness of biosecurity risks through their networks was emphasised and the recently released on-orchard guidelines, which help kiwifruit growers build their own biosecurity plan, were presented as a tool to support these conversations.

KVH also took the opportunity to thank Fruitfed Supplies for being a valued member of KiwiNet, the team of industry people who champion biosecurity readiness with a goal of reducing impacts if and when the kiwifruit industry is faced with a new biosecurity incursion.

Image: Fruitfed Supplies staff visiting a large glasshouse operation during their annual conference, to look at things outside the square. Image credit: Fruitfed Supplies.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
In the news
5 September 2019
Preparing for the war on stink bugs: Georgie has a particularly unpleasant but important job. She’s trained to sniff out Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), which are said to smell a bit like...
In the news
5 September 2019

Preparing for the war on stink bugs: Georgie has a particularly unpleasant but important job. She’s trained to sniff out Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), which are said to smell a bit like sweaty socks.

She’s just one of New Zealand’s tools in an incursion toolbox which includes sniffer dogs, traps, lures, heat treatment, sprays, wasps – and a motivated public ready to catch and photograph suspicious bugs.

We expect a ten-year low in Italian pear production: The pear campaign in the important cultivation areas of Italy started a few weeks ago with the harvest of the first early varieties. But the signals of this year's campaign are anything but positive: the estimates of the yield decline had to be corrected by -30%, or in some areas -50%. One of the main reasons is the infestation of the trees by BMSB. 

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