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Protocols & Movement Controls
25 June 2020
Be aware of the rules around moving nursery plants
25 June 2020
If you have purchased young kiwifruit plants and have them sitting in a temporary nursery please check with KVH before moving them to avoid inadvertently breaking plant movement control...
Be aware of the rules around moving nursery plants
25 June 2020

If you have purchased young kiwifruit plants and have them sitting in a temporary nursery please check with KVH before moving them to avoid inadvertently breaking plant movement control rules.

Moving diseased plants to multiple locations could quickly spread threats such as a new or resistant forms of Psa or an undetected harmful soil pathogen. We know that these diseases are present overseas, and we need to work collectively to ensure that they do establish, or spread should they arrive. 

The Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) was established by KVH several years ago to ensure a high level of confidence in the health status of kiwifruit plants and all kiwifruit nurseries must be part of the scheme in order to move plants  - there are 60 members currently.

These requirements only apply for the movement of plants and do not apply for plants that are already located on the property for which they will be planted.

If moving plants to another orchard under the same ownership, you can do so under the Grow for your own use option. Up to 1,000 plants per year can be moved for use on another property (or properties) under the same ownership and within the same Psa region. 

For further information and rules around moving plants, including if considering moving more than 1,000 plants per year to another property, refer to the KVH Protocol Nursery Stock.

If you have any questions contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

Protocols & Movement Controls
14 May 2020
Movement of mature plants
14 May 2020
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 biosecurity pathway for the transmission of...
Movement of mature plants
14 May 2020

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 biosecurity 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
29 April 2020
Moving budwood
29 April 2020
Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly those cutting over to new licences and those with new plantings. As budwood poses the highest risk...
Moving budwood
29 April 2020

Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly those cutting over to new licences and those with new plantings.

As budwood poses the highest risk of disease transfer, please remember:

·        Use the cleanest source of budwood, from your own orchard where possible.

·        Budwood suppliers must be registered with KVH and supply a copy of their Psa-V Risk Management Plan.

·        Growers must only obtain budwood from a KVH-registered supplier.

·        Budwood movement must comply with the controls outlined in the KVH Protocol: Budwood.

·        Movement of any Zespri licensed varieties budwood also requires Zespri authorisation.

·        Budwood movements from Psa positive orchards to other Psa positive orchards are only allowed between properties owned by the same legal entity within the same Psa region (defined on KVH website maps). Outside of this, KVH authorisation may be sought if there are no other suitable options for the grower. Contact KVH for permission in these circumstances.

·        Budwood collection areas are to be sprayed with copper within four weeks of collection.

·        Budwood collection areas must also be monitored. Any unhealthy vines, or vines showing any symptoms, are to be tagged and not used for budwood supply.

·        Maintain tool hygiene and sanitisation.

·        Records of budwood supplied and received must be maintained and kept with grower GAP records.

If you are unsure of the movement controls or have any queries, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

Protocols & Movement Controls
16 April 2020
Progression of new Pathway Management Plan
16 April 2020
Late last year, KVH announced to growers that we were starting to look at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry, and asked for feedback on our early,...
Progression of new Pathway Management Plan
16 April 2020

Late last year, KVH announced to growers that we were starting to look at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry, and asked for feedback on our early, high-level thoughts about specific activities the Plan will help manage, and how it will be put into action. A key driver was to ensure that we have measures in place to prevent the spread of a broad range of biosecurity threats, rather than our current regulation, which is specific to a single organism, Psa.

The feedback we have had so far has been supportive, with growers and industry considering the concept of the Plan a logical and sensible way to manage biosecurity risk going forward, especially if this can be achieved without an increase in cost to growers.

Development of the Plan is advancing well. A detailed draft has been prepared and we continue to work with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to ensure it aligns with over-arching biosecurity legislation and regulations. We expect that a full plan and implementation schedule will be shared mid-year for your input before it is finalised.   

A one-page summary about the proposed new framework can be found here and 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 also available on the KVH website here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
20 February 2020
Pack-house Risk Management Plans
20 February 2020
The KVH Harvest Packing and Reject Fruit Protocol has been updated for 2020 with only minor wording changes. Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) KVH needs to sign off on your...
Pack-house Risk Management Plans
20 February 2020

The KVH Harvest Packing and Reject Fruit Protocol has been updated for 2020 with only minor wording changes.

Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) KVH needs to sign off on your pack-house DQS Biosecurity Risk Management Plan so if you have made any changes from last year please email these to Karyn Lowry at karyn.lowry@kvh.org.nz.

Protocols & Movement Controls
5 February 2020
Updated protocols
5 February 2020
Several KVH Protocols and Information Sheets have been updated on our website to reflect minor changes.  Please check to make sure you are referring to the latest version when referencing...
Updated protocols
5 February 2020

Several KVH Protocols and Information Sheets have been updated on our website to reflect minor changes.  Please check to make sure you are referring to the latest version when referencing them.

Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) KVH Protocols have been established for controlling the movement of risk items capable of spreading Psa. The controls require that specific conditions are met where inter-regional movement is essential. These can differ across different risk items depending on the nature and level of risk they pose. Find the Protocols here.

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.

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