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Grower News
28 May 2020
How do you get advice?
28 May 2020
Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research is conducting a survey on how advice and advisory services are used across the primary sector on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), to help...
How do you get advice?
28 May 2020

Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research is conducting a survey on how advice and advisory services are used across the primary sector on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), to help improve services and support for producers and advisors.

The survey covers all types of land-based primary industry including horticulture, viticulture, nurseries, livestock, forestry, growing grain and seed crops.

If you would like to take part, you can access the survey here. To show appreciation for your time, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research will donate $10 to the Rural Support Trust for each completed survey, up to $3,000 in total. There are also two $250 grocery vouchers being given away to randomly chosen survey participants.

Grower News
30 April 2020
Introducing the New KVH Weather & Disease Portal
30 April 2020
We’re delighted to let you know about the new and improved KVH web-based Weather & Disease Portal. Everything from the risk model you’ve been using up until now is still available...
Introducing the New KVH Weather & Disease Portal
30 April 2020

We’re delighted to let you know about the new and improved KVH web-based Weather & Disease Portal.

Everything from the risk model you’ve been using up until now is still available within the new portal, as are new features including updated graphs and information, new tools and forecasts, and a mobile-friendly interface that is easy for you to access on any device.

Some highlights: 

       Easy-to-read graphs: The updated weather and disease graphs are easy to read and provide more detailed information, and are able to be used in the field on mobile phones and tablets.

       Psa Comparison Tool: The new Psa Comparison tool gives an idea of how much Psa risk pressure there is in the current season compared to previous seasons.

       New tools and forecasts: New tools and additional forecasts are now available (all in one place) including a National Weather Outlook, Ground Frost Forecast, Severe Weather Warnings, Monthly Weather, and Temperature / Rainfall Seasonal Comparison.

You need to log-in to access the portal which can you do here. If you don’t already have a log-in you can register for access here or contact KVH at info@kvh.org.nz.

Grower News
2 April 2020
Coronavirus news hub for the kiwifruit industry
2 April 2020
A reminder that up-to-date information about Coronavirus is available on the NZKGI website. The page has been set up to make it easier for people across the kiwifruit industry to get updates and...
Coronavirus news hub for the kiwifruit industry
2 April 2020

A reminder that up-to-date information about Coronavirus is available on the NZKGI website.

The page has been set up to make it easier for people across the kiwifruit industry to get updates and resources on Covid-19 for all things kiwifruit related, such as pastoral care information and contacts, an overview of the governments financial package for packhouses, packhouse/contractors and orchard owners and employees, as well as information from Zespri on food safety.

Visit the page
here and if you are also a Facebook user, we suggest also following the Unite against Covid-19 Facebook page launched by Government to provide news and updates about the national programme to  help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Grower News
19 March 2020
Coronavirus news page for the kiwifruit industry
19 March 2020
Resources and up-to-date information about Coronavirus are now available on the NZKGI website. The page has been set up to make it easier for people across the kiwifruit industry to get updates and...
Coronavirus news page for the kiwifruit industry
19 March 2020

Resources and up-to-date information about Coronavirus are now available on the NZKGI website.

The page has been set up to make it easier for people across the kiwifruit industry to get updates and resources on COVID-19 for all things kiwifruit related, such as information for backpackers, an overview of the governments financial package for packhouses, packhouse/contractors and orchard owners and employees, as well as information from Zespri on food safety.

Visit the page here and if you are also a Facebook user, we suggest following the new Unite Against COVID-19 Facebook page launched by government to provide news and updates about the national programme to  help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Grower News
19 March 2020
Psa Not Detected orchards and Red 19 license
19 March 2020
KVH has written about the Red 19 license release to orchards our records show are currently listed as Psa Not Detected. Although being Psa Not Detected provides the benefits of producing fruit in...
Psa Not Detected orchards and Red 19 license
19 March 2020

KVH has written about the Red 19 license release to orchards our records show are currently listed as Psa Not Detected.

Although being Psa Not Detected provides the benefits of producing fruit in a Psa free environment, if you received an email or letter from KVH and this status is incorrect it is important that you inform us before the upcoming licence release.

The licensed Red 19 budwood that is being supplied by Zespri this winter is from orchards recorded as having a status of Psa positive within the Recovery region. Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan, plant material cannot move from orchards that are Psa positive status to Not Detected status orchards. This means you will be unable to access Red 19 budwood from Zespri this year. From mid-2021 it may be possible to source material derived through the alternate tissue culture pathway and verified as Psa free. For more information on this pathway, please contact your Zespri Grower Liaison Manager on 0800 155 355 prior to tendering for the red.

If you have information that your orchard is Psa positive, we will require confirmation of this (in writing) from a professionally qualified person such as a Packhouse Psa Manager or Client Representative, or a Hill Labs test result. Please note that any Hill Labs Psa testing will be at your cost.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with KVH on 0800 665 825 or by email.

Grower News
19 March 2020
Gisborne region: change in northern boundary
19 March 2020
KVH has extended the boundary of the Gisborne region northward by 30kms to now include all plantable land at Tolaga Bay as there has been a recent greenfields development in the area. The status of...
Gisborne region: change in northern boundary
19 March 2020

KVH has extended the boundary of the Gisborne region northward by 30kms to now include all plantable land at Tolaga Bay as there has been a recent greenfields development in the area. The status of Gisborne as a KVH recovery region remains unchanged. 

A map of the adjusted Gisborne region can be viewed on the KVH website here.

Grower News
19 March 2020
Bumblebox at Momentum
19 March 2020
Were you at the recent Zespri Momentum conference visiting the Plant & Food Research stall? The team there had a Bumblebox on display which generated a lot of discussion amongst growers. If you...
Bumblebox at Momentum
19 March 2020

Were you at the recent Zespri Momentum conference visiting the Plant & Food Research stall? The team there had a Bumblebox on display which generated a lot of discussion amongst growers. If you are interested in trialling it for pollination or raising bumble bees there is now a pamphlet available here with additional information and details about how to register. 

Grower News
5 March 2020
Kiwifruit Phytophthora survey
5 March 2020
KVH, Zespri and Plant & Food Research are currently working together on a survey of Phytophthora pathogens in kiwifruit orchards throughout New Zealand. This project will support New...
Kiwifruit Phytophthora survey
5 March 2020

KVH, Zespri and Plant & Food Research are currently working together on a survey of Phytophthora pathogens in kiwifruit orchards throughout New Zealand. This project will support New Zealand’s biosecurity by better understanding our current baseline of Phytophthora species associated with kiwifruit.

Sampling rounds will be completed in autumn and spring over two years (2020/21).  

Growers who have vines with known or suspected Phytophthora symptoms and who would like to be involved in this survey can read more about the project here.

Grower News
20 February 2020
Hayward Medal awarded to Ian Greaves for pastoral care
20 February 2020
KVH was delighted last week to hear that the kiwifruit industry’s Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal recognising outstanding contributions has this year been awarded to Ian Greaves, for the...
Hayward Medal awarded to Ian Greaves for pastoral care
20 February 2020

KVH was delighted last week to hear that the kiwifruit industry’s Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal recognising outstanding contributions has this year been awarded to Ian Greaves, for the life-saving pastoral care he provided the industry during the Psa outbreak.

Kiwifruit Industry Advisory Committee Chair and Zespri Director Tony Hawken presented the medal to Mr. Greaves at the industry’s Momentum 2020 conference dinner, recognising the efforts he put in to caring for the health and wellbeing of growers during the Psa outbreak through his Grower Support Network.

During the Psa outbreak, Mr Greaves brought together a team of volunteers and created a pastoral care plan which provided a variety of services to support growers. His wealth of industry experience and the trust he built up from his involvement as a grower, field representative, general manager of post-harvest, to consultant and leadership roles at KVH, Kiwifruit New Zealand and NZKGI, meant he had the knowledge and ability to act as the glue during the crisis.

We congratulate Ian for the huge contribution he has, and continues to make, to our industry.

Image: Fresh Carriers President Takao Takeshige; Hayward Medal Winner Ian Greaves; Kiwifruit Industry Advisory Committee Chair and Zespri Director Tony Hawken. Credit Dscribe Media.

Grower News
5 February 2020
Support talented young horticulturalists
5 February 2020
Head along to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend in support of the up-and-coming horticulturalists vying for the title. Eight competitors,...
Support talented young horticulturalists
5 February 2020

Head along to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend in support of the up-and-coming horticulturalists vying for the title.

Eight competitors, known for their passion as well as their exciting futures, will battle it out in a series of practical and theoretical horticultural activities designed to test contestants in a competitive, fast-paced environment. There will also be a biosecurity quiz round run by KVH who will be at the A&P Show all day on Saturday to answer any questions you may have about the work we’re doing to keep unwanted pests and diseases from establishing within our kiwifruit orchards and communities.

Grower News
12 December 2019
Take our quick survey on biosecurity practice
12 December 2019
We’re running a quick and short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on and managing kiwifruit orchards. KVH is focused on raising awareness...
Take our quick survey on biosecurity practice
12 December 2019

We’re running a quick and short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on and managing kiwifruit orchards.

KVH is focused on raising awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can bring.  In doing this, we need help from you to learn more about the level of understanding of biosecurity amongst growers, what biosecurity practices are currently used on orchards and whether there are any common limitations to putting practices in place.

The same survey is being undertaken by the avocado, passionfruit and forestry sectors so we can compare biosecurity perceptions across industries.

Your views are important – please complete the survey online. The questions are all optional to answer and you will not be identified in any of the results.

Grower News
12 December 2019
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
12 December 2019
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for Psa samples to arrive at Hills – the last day is tomorrow, Friday 13 December 2019. Psa testing will resume on Monday...
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
12 December 2019

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is only a day left for Psa samples to arrive at Hills – the last day is tomorrow, Friday 13 December 2019. Psa testing will resume on Monday 6 January 2020.

Only KVH pre-arranged Psa testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 13 December and 6 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

There will be a price increase for standard Psa tests through Hill Laboratories from 1 February 2020. Current prices have been in place since 2011, but due to increased operational costs this change is necessary. The cost of Psa testing will move from $65 to $85 per sample (+GST). Costs for testing under the KPCS nursery programme will remain unchanged.

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Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz