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Biosecurity News
4 April 2019
Harvest hygiene guides online
4 April 2019
As we head into harvest season, a reminder that KVH has biosecurity pocket guides available which have been translated into several languages to promote harvest hygiene messages. These tools are...
Harvest hygiene guides online
4 April 2019

As we head into harvest season, a reminder that KVH has biosecurity pocket guides available which have been translated into several languages to promote harvest hygiene messages.

These tools are quick, step-by-step visual reference guides for use by all growers, on-orchard harvest workers, auditors, transporters, post-harvest and harvest contractors.

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. Everyone in contact with orchards at this time of the year must be fully aware of best practice orchard hygiene.

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Biosecurity News
4 April 2019
Last chance for free NZQA biosecurity course
4 April 2019
If you’re in Pukekohe, this is your last chance to attend a free biosecurity micro-credential course. Developed by the Primary ITO and industry, it aims to enhance industry...
Last chance for free NZQA biosecurity course
4 April 2019

If you’re in Pukekohe, this is your last chance to attend a free biosecurity micro-credential course. Developed by the Primary ITO and industry, it aims to enhance industry biosecurity capability, and covers biosecurity principles, on-farm practices, and an assessment component.

Designed for grower owner-operators and supervisors/managers, the NZQA Level 5 course will give you an understanding of biosecurity, risks present on your orchard, how to prioritise and manage them, and how these practices can be put in place or improved.  

As the programme is still being tested with industry groups there is no cost for participating, all materials and catering will be provided.  Participants agree to take part in the course, complete the assessment afterwards, and provide feedback.

The final pilot course will take place in Pukekohe next Monday, 8 April. As there are limited places, please contact Anna Rathé at Horticulture New Zealand to secure your place.

Biosecurity News
4 April 2019
Moderate Psa infection risk predicted
4 April 2019
The Psa Risk Model currently predicts moderate Psa infection risk for next week in most regions. This reflects increased Psa risk with autumn weather and provides a reminder to growers to again...
Moderate Psa infection risk predicted
4 April 2019

The Psa Risk Model currently predicts moderate Psa infection risk for next week in most regions. This reflects increased Psa risk with autumn weather and provides a reminder to growers to again consider Psa management plans, particularly for recently harvested blocks and younger plantings.

For harvested blocks, best practice is to apply a copper product to protect all fruit scars. Winter rates of copper can be applied and Actigard may be added to the tank if there is no risk of spray drift to neighbouring unharvested blocks.

Apply copper alone if there is any risk of drift and then plan to follow up with an Actigard spray when neighbouring blocks have been harvested. Good spray coverage is essential and remember that for Actigard uptake leaves need to be active, so a good cover of green leaves in the canopy is needed. If blocks have suffered extreme drought stress apply copper on its own.

Also a reminder to trim out thick, hairy, late season male growth as this can be highly susceptible to Psa infection in autumn, particularly if frosted. Apply copper after male trimming rounds to protect wounds.

 

Biosecurity News
21 March 2019
Auckland fruit fly detections update
21 March 2019
Two further male Queensland Fruit Flies (QFF) were found in Northcote last week, bringing the total to six. One of the new finds was inside the current Zone A and the other was in Zone B. The latest...
Auckland fruit fly detections update
21 March 2019

Two further male Queensland Fruit Flies (QFF) were found in Northcote last week, bringing the total to six. One of the new finds was inside the current Zone A and the other was in Zone B.

The latest finds mean an expansion of Zone A in Northcote and associated restrictions on the movement of fruit, vegetables and green waste. It also means an increase in operational response activities. Teams on the ground have been removing fallen fruit from backyards, inspecting compost bins and placing bait on fruit trees to attract and kill adult flies, in particular females.

The bait is made up of a protein to attract adult fruit flies and a very low concentration of insecticide to kill the flies. It’s similar to how people bait wasps in their backyards. The baits are toxic to fruit flies. Every precaution is taken to make sure the baits are safe around people and animals.

There have been no further finds of QFF in Devonport since the only find there on Thursday 14 February. However, because of the proximity to Northcote, movement controls and trapping have continued – this will reconsidered within the next few days.

No further Facialis fruit fly have been found in Otara (three in total have been found here).

Kiwifruit growers should talk to their post-harvest providers if they have any questions about what the impacts to them might be due to movement controls or export restrictions.

If you require support you can contact NZKGI or visit their website to learn more about the support network available.

·         Read more about the Controlled Area Notices and Export Restriction Zones 

·         Find out more about the QFF and see photos

·         Find out more about the Facialis fruit fly and see photos

Biosecurity News
21 March 2019
Latest unwanted finds
21 March 2019
The latest fruit fly and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk updates have been published on the KVH website. As well as the finds in Auckland, the fruit fly update details detections at the...
Latest unwanted finds
21 March 2019

The latest fruit fly and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk updates have been published on the KVH website.

As well as the finds in Auckland, the fruit fly update details detections at the border, the national fruit fly surveillance programme, and recent international responses to this unwanted pest.

The BMSB update includes latest interception and surveillance information, and an update about ongoing work alongside Australian officials to align activities.

KVH risk updates are published every month.

Biosecurity News
21 March 2019
Biosecurity training piloted
21 March 2019
A small group of around 20 came together at a trial workshop last week to learn more about the importance of on-orchard biosecurity and how good plans can manage the threat posed by unwanted...
Biosecurity training piloted
21 March 2019

A small group of around 20 came together at a trial workshop last week to learn more about the importance of on-orchard biosecurity and how good plans can manage the threat posed by unwanted biosecurity threats.

A mix of growers, crop monitoring and management staff, biosecurity personnel, and technical advisors from across the kiwifruit and avocado industries took part in discussions about practical actions and concepts that can be put in place day-to-day to monitor, assess, and mitigate risk.

Participants worked through how to develop their own biosecurity best practice checklist detailing what they currently do, what could be done better, and the priority for implementing improvements, including thinking about how to incorporate biosecurity activity in to systems already in place (for Health & Safety for example) instead of creating new ones.

Pilot workshops are based on the biosecurity micro-credential programme and are taking place across horticulture. The Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), together with the horticulture industry, has developed the micro-credential - a short, focused piece of learning - to enhance industry biosecurity capability. It covers biosecurity principles, on-farm practices, and an assessment component, and has been developed under the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) framework, targeting grower owner-operators and supervisors/managers. 

Company Notices
21 March 2019
We're on the move
21 March 2019
It’s all go in the KVH office at the moment as we prepare for our big shift to the new Zespri premises where we will be located from Monday 1 April. If you’re popping in to meet with us...
We're on the move
21 March 2019

It’s all go in the KVH office at the moment as we prepare for our big shift to the new Zespri premises where we will be located from Monday 1 April.

If you’re popping in to meet with us you’ll see our reception area at our new street address, 25 Miro Street (the back of the Zespri building, near the corner of Matai St).

All our other address details remain the same, as do our contact phone numbers.

Biosecurity News
21 March 2019
Samurai Wasp says 'smell ya later, stink bug'
21 March 2019
We came across a new and interesting video last week about Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the biological control option provided by the Samurai Wasp. Made by a science education website in...
Samurai Wasp says 'smell ya later, stink bug'
21 March 2019

We came across a new and interesting video last week about Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the biological control option provided by the Samurai Wasp.

Made by a science education website in the USA, the video explains (with fantastic, close-up video footage) the damage BMSB can do to crops and homes. The video and accompanying article also describe the work underway by scientists in Oregon – where the Samurai Wasp has settled – to learn more about how they can be used as a biocontrol tool.

In August 2018, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) made a formal decision approving the release of the tiny Samurai Wasp into New Zealand, if ever there is an incursion of BMSB. Permission to release the wasp is subject to a number of strict controls that will dictate when, where, and by whom it can be released. Read more about the application made to the EPA and the Samurai Wasp on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
21 March 2019
Keep the reports coming
21 March 2019
We often get phone calls and emails from growers and members of the public who think they may have found an unusual disease symptom, or a pest from our most unwanted list. This is a good thing...
Keep the reports coming
21 March 2019

We often get phone calls and emails from growers and members of the public who think they may have found an unusual disease symptom, or a pest from our most unwanted list.

This is a good thing – it’s exactly the type of behaviour we want to see as it shows people are on the lookout and aware of not just biosecurity risk in general, but also of the look and size of the organisms that are considered the highest risk to the kiwifruit industry.

With the recent fruit fly detections in Auckland and a lot of people on orchards for harvest, we’re getting an increased number of reports and emails almost every day (thankfully, they’ve all been of things that are either native and or established and not of any further concern).

The message remains the same for growers, contractors and anyone else on-orchard: stay vigilant, be on the lookout, and report anything unusual. Please take a photo (very rarely will we need to see the actual specimen) of what you find and email us so we can have a look at it for you, or use the new Find-A-Pest App that is currently being trialled.

Recent reports of unusual symptoms reported and investigated to KVH are also available online. This information is provided to help growers identify similar symptoms they may be seeing on their own properties.

Don’t be afraid to report any suspect finds – the sooner you alert us the more we can do to help.

Biosecurity News
7 March 2019
Fruit fly detection update
7 March 2019
Yesterday it was announced that a fourth male Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found in Northcote and another Facialis fruit fly has been found in Ōtara. The Northcote find is approximately 80...
Fruit fly detection update
7 March 2019

Yesterday it was announced that a fourth male Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found in Northcote and another Facialis fruit fly has been found in Ōtara.

The Northcote find is approximately 80 metres inside the current A Zone and no further restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables are required in the suburb.

The Ōtara find is 630 metres to the north of the last find inside the current B Zone. Another A Zone has been established in Ōtara, which will mean restrictions on a different area. The current B Zone is unchanged. 

Similar controls on the movement of export fruit to those put in place in Northcote will be established in Ōtara. This is expected to have little, if any, practical impact on fruit exports.

There have been no further finds of QFF in Devonport since the only find there on Thursday 14 February.

The extensive surveillance programme is continuing including trapping, visual inspection of backyard gardens and fruit trees, and collection and laboratory examination of fallen fruit. The kiwifruit industry, through KiwiNet, has made a huge contribution to this work. To date there has been around 300kg of fruit cut and examined, which was gathered from A Zone backyards on the North Shore, and almost 500kg in Otara. There has not been any fruit fly larvae found.

KVH is part of the Fruit Fly Council - a governance group made up of impacted industry sector representatives and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partnership. We are closely involved in response decision-making processes, ensuring the interests of kiwifruit growers, and other primary producers, are represented fully.

The responses in Otara, Devonport, and Northcote are running well and are following the pre-agreed operational plans established and tested in previous responses. The kiwifruit industry can be confident that the work being undertaken is in the best interests of our growers as everything possible is being done to determine whether there are more flies in the area, and if so, stop them from spreading any further.

Despite the recently announced additional finds, there is no evidence of a breeding population and that is good news that can give us continued confidence in our biosecurity system, as well as the response actions taken so far.

KVH and the Fruit Fly Council have been clear from the outset that each find is a concern and there is full support for MPIs recently announced independent review of the air passenger, cruise and mail pathways. There will always be some risk of unwanted pests and diseases getting here, but we must do everything possible to try and stop them. If there are any holes in the system currently, they need to be found and immediately fixed.

Detailed maps of the controlled areas, a description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules are available on the MPI website.

Summary of detections: Single male QFF have been found in separate surveillance traps in the Auckland North Shore suburbs of Devonport (one single fly) and Northcote (four flies). Three male Facialis fruit flies have been found in separate surveillance traps in Ōtara.

The most likely way that fruit flies can arrive in New Zealand is in fresh fruit and vegetables. Be vigilant and keep watch. While it may be possible to find on fruit trees if present, a better option is to look out for any larvae in fruit, including tree fallen fruit. Report anything of concern to the pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 March 2019
Post-harvest biosecurity for packhouses
7 March 2019
The post-harvest protocols have been updated for 2019 and are now available on the KVH website. Any changes to Biosecurity Risk Management Plans must be signed off before harvest commences this...
Post-harvest biosecurity for packhouses
7 March 2019

The post-harvest protocols have been updated for 2019 and are now available on the KVH website. Any changes to Biosecurity Risk Management Plans must be signed off before harvest commences this season. Please email karyn.lowry@kvh.org.nz  your amended plans or any questions.

All bins in all regions must be clear of plant material and sanitised pre-season and between orchards. For sanitiser options refer to the KVH information sheet.

There are additional requirements for post-harvest operators moving bins between Recovery and Containment regions. Refer to the KVH Protocol: Fruit Bins for more information.  Notification to KVH is required before the first movement of any harvest bins from Recovery regions into Whangarei.

Biosecurity News
7 March 2019
Free biosecurity course
7 March 2019
You’re invited to take part in a biosecurity workshop next Tuesday 12 March – it’s free and part of the new micro-credential programme across horticulture, offering learnings about...
Free biosecurity course
7 March 2019

You’re invited to take part in a biosecurity workshop next Tuesday 12 March – it’s free and part of the new micro-credential programme across horticulture, offering learnings about what risks are present on orchards and how to prioritise and manage them.

We’re seeking individuals who are either grower owner-operators or in managerial/supervisor positions to participate in the programme. Individuals will be required to actively participate in the pilot course, and then undertake an assessment component on biosecurity practices on their orchards to be awarded the micro-credential.

Read more here and email info@kvh.org.nz to register.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz