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Protocols & Movement Controls
23 January 2020
Whangarei region status: Containment
23 January 2020
As of 20 January 2020, there are nine confirmed Psa positive orchards in Whangarei, affecting 15% of the region’s orchards and 22% of hectares. The current status of the whole region is...
Whangarei region status: Containment
23 January 2020

As of 20 January 2020, there are nine confirmed Psa positive orchards in Whangarei, affecting 15% of the region’s orchards and 22% of hectares. The current status of the whole region is Containment (there are no Controlled Area Notices applicable to this region).

Growing regions are classified as Exclusion, Containment or Recovery, based on the level of Psa infection. As such, no further considerations for change in status for the Whangarei region will be made until at least 35% of the region’s hectares are affected by Psa and the infection is widespread across the region. If these criteria are met, a meeting will be held with growers to discuss options before decisions are made by the KVH Board, taking into consideration KVH’s responsibilities and what is in the best interest of the region’s growers.

Although Whangarei is a Containment region, there are still a large number of Not Detected orchards and large areas where no Psa positive orchards have been confirmed. KVH has a responsibility under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) to growers to limit the spread of Psa into and within the region, and where possible to reduce the distribution of Psa. Movement control policies outlined in KVH protocols assist with these aims. The main ones are summarised below but there are also requirements in other KVH Protocols.

  • Harvest Bins: Post-harvest operators should be aware that there are restrictions around the movement of harvest bins into the region from the North Island Recovery region – dedicated and clearly identified bins are required. They must be sanitised and free of any kiwifruit plant material before being reused. These bins must not have been used in a Recovery region in the current season. KVH will audit this process. Refer to the KVH Protocol: Fruit Bins.
  • Nursery plants: All nursery plants must be sourced from nurseries with “full certification plants”  that are located in the Whangarei Containment region or an Exclusion region (South Island or Far North) as per the KVH Protocol: Nursery Stock and Propagation Material used by Nurseries.
  • Budwood: This can be sourced from within the same region from Not Detected orchards, or from Exclusion regions – but only from those who have registered with KVH as a budwood supplier and have met the requirements in the KVH Protocol: Budwood.
Protocols & Movement Controls
28 November 2019
Proposed new Pathway Management Plan
28 November 2019
KVH is looking at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. Instead of focusing on a single pest, like Psa, the proposed Plan focuses on protection...
Proposed new Pathway Management Plan
28 November 2019

KVH is looking at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry.

Instead of focusing on a single pest, like Psa, the proposed Plan focuses on protection against the full range of biosecurity threats to our industry and will replace the current Psa-V NPMP as it will retain the important elements needed for Psa protection (e.g. controlling movements of high-risk pathways to the South Island) but also provide much wider benefits.

A one-page summary can be found here. Feedback about the proposed Plan can be provided to KVH by email at info@kvh.org.nz or by phone at 0800 665 825.

More information, including a detailed consultation paper and submission form are available here. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
14 November 2019
Whangarei new positives
14 November 2019
Last week KVH completed a monitoring round in the Whangarei region of 14 orchards around the current positive orchards. A further three orchards were confirmed Psa positive through Hill Laboratories...
Whangarei new positives
14 November 2019

Last week KVH completed a monitoring round in the Whangarei region of 14 orchards around the current positive orchards.

A further three orchards were confirmed Psa positive through Hill Laboratories testing, bringing the total of positive orchards in the region to nine.

The region remains a Containment region – currently only 23.4% of the region’s hectares are on an orchard with Psa.

Growers are urged to remain vigilant, monitor their orchards regularly and maintain a regular protectant programme.

More information about growing regions and regional classifications is available on the KVH website.

Protocols & Movement Controls
31 October 2019
Mandatory monitoring due now
31 October 2019
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions should have carried out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring and provided results to KVH (due...
Mandatory monitoring due now
31 October 2019

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions should have carried out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring and provided results to KVH (due today).

If you still need to get your results in, there is an online form to help with this – 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.

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
17 October 2019
Reminder of orchard management requirements timeline
17 October 2019
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is to ensure that kiwifruit orchards meet required management standards. Any orchards...
Reminder of orchard management requirements timeline
17 October 2019

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is to ensure that kiwifruit orchards meet required management standards.

Any orchards unpicked and unpruned are in breach of KVH requirements that they be picked by 1 July; pruned and tied down (female vines) by 1 October yearly; and a crop protection product, effective against Psa applied at least yearly.

If you are aware of any unmanaged or abandoned kiwifruit orchards, please contact KVH. If an orchardist or orchard manager thinks they are unable to meet all requirements, contact KVH so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 October 2019
Mandatory monitroing reminder
3 October 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 monitroing reminder
3 October 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.

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.

Protocols & Movement Controls
22 August 2019
South Island Controlled Area Notices
22 August 2019
KVH is aware of an increasing, but still currently small number, of kiwifruit-related enterprises establishing in isolated areas of the South Island.  These locations are all outside of the...
South Island Controlled Area Notices
22 August 2019

KVH is aware of an increasing, but still currently small number, of kiwifruit-related enterprises establishing in isolated areas of the South Island.  These locations are all outside of the South Island Exclusion region and include a small male kiwifruit orchard at Karamea; a nursery producing kiwifruit plants at Te Anau; a Christchurch nursery growing kiwifruit plants; and a University housing kiwifruit seedlings for research purposes.

KVH has worked with the owners or managers of each of these sites, and is using provisions of the Biosecurity Act and National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) that allow KVH to declare Controlled Areas to limit any potential spread of Psa. 

The owners and managers have all been supportive of KVH actions to further protect these areas and enterprises.  A regional classification map and information about the controlled areas is available on the KVH website.

A reminder:
- The South Island remains Psa not-detected
- KVH authorisation is required for movement of any risk item such as orchard machinery
- Any movement of kiwifruit plant material (such as plants, budwood, seeds for propagation and pollen) from the North Island to the South Island is prohibited
- Any movement of kiwifruit plant material for research is very strictly regulated.

KVH thanks everyone for their cooperation to ensure that the South Island remains Psa not-detected.

Protocols & Movement Controls
27 June 2019
Growers looking for rootstock
27 June 2019
Around this time each year growers are trying to source kiwifruit plants at the last minute, which can be a challenging task as often many nurseries have sold out. Growers are advised to order plants...
Growers looking for rootstock
27 June 2019

Around this time each year growers are trying to source kiwifruit plants at the last minute, which can be a challenging task as often many nurseries have sold out. Growers are advised to order plants a year in advance to prevent being caught in this situation.

KVH is aware of some nurseries that have plants remaining. Growers looking for plants, or other nurseries with plants remaining, can contact KVH and we can endeavour to connect the parties – please email
info@kvh.org.nz or phone 0800 665 825.When sourcing plants, KVH Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) movement controls must be observed. Growers who are “holding” and retaining in an identified nursery situation grafted G3 plants - subject to the conditions outlined in the Zespri Nursery Holding Permit - need to be aware of KVH requirements around plant movements.

If the plants are not going to be used on the same piece of land that they are held on, please contact KVH to confirm the requirements for moving these plants.

Protocols & Movement Controls
16 May 2019
Budwood registration and supply
16 May 2019
KVH best practice advice is to source budwood from your own orchard wherever possible to reduce the likelihood of spreading Psa or other pathogens. If this is not possible, the growers who are...
Budwood registration and supply
16 May 2019

KVH best practice advice is to source budwood from your own orchard wherever possible to reduce the likelihood of spreading Psa or other pathogens.

If this is not possible, the growers who are supplying budwood off their orchard need to register annually with KVH and complete a Budwood Risk Management Plan.

Requirements for budwood suppliers are detailed in the KVH Protocol: Budwood, and include a requirement to monitor the budwood collection area and tag any vines that are showing any symptoms or are not healthy.

Budwood should not be collected from material left on the ground after pruning as this may mean that wood from unhealthy vines is distributed to other orchards, resulting in disease transfer.

It is important to maintain traceability - growers need to record all material moving off and onto their orchard. This will help with disease or pest containment in the event of a new incursion.  

Protocols & Movement Controls
16 May 2019
Movement of mature plants
16 May 2019
Growers may wish to move mature kiwifruit plants from areas where they have double planted. The movement of plant material is considered a high-risk pathway for the transmission of unwanted...
Movement of mature plants
16 May 2019

Growers may wish to move mature kiwifruit plants from areas where they have double planted.

The movement of plant material is considered a high-risk pathway for the transmission of unwanted organisms and therefore it is important that any such movements are given careful consideration and that appropriate measures are implemented to mitigate risk.

Please contact KVH (0800 665 825 or info@kvh.org.nz) well in advance if you wish to move any mature kiwifruit vines between properties.

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 April 2019
Budwood
18 April 2019
KVH has updated the KVH Protocol: Budwood which is now available on the KVH website. The movement of plant material such as budwood presents the greatest risk of spreading pathogens over long...
Budwood
18 April 2019

KVH has updated the KVH Protocol: Budwood which is now available on the KVH website.

The movement of plant material such as budwood presents the greatest risk of spreading pathogens over long distances. This is relevant to Psa, as well as other known (and unknown) pathogens that may be present in the plant. The best practice to reduce spread of pathogens is to source budwood from your own orchard for use on the same orchard. However, where this is not possible, the budwood protocol outlines the requirements to prevent spread of Psa under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP), and recommended practices to reduce the likelihood of spreading other pathogens.

Changes to the protocol have been highlighted in yellow and include the following;

  • Budwood must not be collected from material left on the ground after pruning.
  • The addition of recommended practices to manage risk of spreading pathogens:
  1. Monitoring vines throughout the year
  2. Tagging symptomatic vines so they can be avoided when collecting budwood - and avoiding any adjacent vines in any direction.
  3. Notifying KVH if a there is not an obvious cause for any unusual vine symptoms.

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