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Protocols & Movement Controls
17 September 2020
Movement of mature kiwifruit plants
17 September 2020
The kiwifruit industry is undergoing rapid growth and some growers who have double or triple planted Gold3 vines to get quick canopy cover may consider removing some of these vines to increase...
Movement of mature kiwifruit plants
17 September 2020

The kiwifruit industry is undergoing rapid growth and some growers who have double or triple planted Gold3 vines to get quick canopy cover may consider removing some of these vines to increase footprint and optimise orchard performance. These plants may be used by growers of existing orchards wanting to plant on new licensed areas.

There is a high risk associated with the movement of plants as kiwifruit industry risk organisms can be rapidly spread between orchards by this means.

To minimise risk and ensure consistency between movement of these plants and Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) certified nursery plants, KVH has a protocol which needs to be followed. Please see the KVH website for details.

Protocols & Movement Controls
17 September 2020
Mandatory monitoring underway
17 September 2020
As detailed in the last Bulletin 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...
Mandatory monitoring underway
17 September 2020

As detailed in the last Bulletin 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 between now and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 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
17 September 2020
Expansion of boundary in Kerikeri
17 September 2020
Part of the southern side of the Kerikeri Recovery region has been extended southward by 2.5kms.  The new boundary will follow State Highway 1 and State Highway 10 to include land north of...
Expansion of boundary in Kerikeri
17 September 2020

Part of the southern side of the Kerikeri Recovery region has been extended southward by 2.5kms. 

The new boundary will follow State Highway 1 and State Highway 10 to include land north of these roads at Pakaraka and has been adjusted to allow movement of kiwifruit plants to a green fields development (near Pakaraka). 

The status of the Kerikeri Recovery region remains unchanged. 

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

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 September 2020
Have your say: proposed plan for managing kiwifruit industry risk
3 September 2020
Biosecurity risk is one of the greatest strategic threats to the kiwifruit industry. This risk is managed across the whole biosecurity system which consists of a number of layers - from keeping as...
Have your say: proposed plan for managing kiwifruit industry risk
3 September 2020

Biosecurity risk is one of the greatest strategic threats to the kiwifruit industry.

This risk is managed across the whole biosecurity system which consists of a number of layers - from keeping as many pests as possible offshore and intercepting those that arrive at the border, to having systems in place within New Zealand to deal with the small residue slippage. There’s also a layer that manages the risk of  numerous pathogens that may already be in New Zealand, either native or long established, that start causing disease over time either as a result of a crop being grown in an area or changing environmental conditions (Kauri dieback is one example where the pathogen was present in New Zealand for 300 years before it began causing disease).

As an industry it is fundamental that we have systems in place to reduce the impact of any emerging threats to our industry. As we have seen with Psa, regulation to support biosecurity practice is one important piece of this system.

KVH is seeking feedback on a proposal for a new regulatory framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. After asking for early feedback on the high-level concept of a Pathway Management Plan and how this will better manage risk for the kiwifruit industry, we are now seeking input from the industry on the detail of the full proposal.

The high-level 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 levy cost to growers. The proposal sets out a framework of how risk could be managed across our industry pathways and provides flexibility to respond to changes in risk profiles of organisms, or advances in science to deal with these threats. This provides the industry with a tool to land an appropriate balance of risk management, a balance which is likely to change over time and we can respond accordingly.  

A key driver for the development of the new Plan is 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. Instead of focusing on a single pest, like Psa, the proposed Plan focuses on management of risk associated with the pathways by which diseases or pests are transmitted.  This covers the full range of biosecurity threats to our industry and provides for a consistent and pragmatic approach to managing pathway risks such as movement of all plant material, and high-risk equipment coming onto our orchards.

The proposed Plan is very similar in many aspects to the current Psa-V National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) but is more fit-for-purpose, making sure all the right settings are in place so that we can detect anything new quickly enough to stop its spread, limit impacts, and aim for eradication.

The proposed Plan is summarised in the overview sheet available here and detailed in the consultation documents available on the KVH website here.  There is also a submission form available – you can either complete it and return it to us or email us at info@kvh.org.nz to provide comments.  

All growers are invited to presentations on the proposal in all growing regions over the coming weeks. The roadshow schedule is available here. Please do come along and provide your input.

We encourage you to have a say and let us know your thoughts on the proposed new Plan before it is finalised and submitted to the Minister for Biosecurity and Ministry for Primary Industries for approval and implementation.

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 September 2020
Roadshow reminder: save the date
3 September 2020
Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan. Running from Tuesday 15 September, the events will be focused on the...
Roadshow reminder: save the date
3 September 2020

Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan.

Running from Tuesday 15 September, the events will be focused on the proposed new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. Development of the Plan has advanced well and a consultation package including a draft proposal, factsheets and submission form are now available on the KVH website and will be presented at the roadshows for your input before it is finalised. We encourage you to come along and have your say. View the roadshow schedule here. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 September 2020
Mandatory orchard monitoring
3 September 2020
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September and 15 October,...
Mandatory orchard monitoring
3 September 2020

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October. Monitoring is a critical component of establishing Psa-presence, location, and volume so that it can be managed.

An online monitoring form is available on the KVH website here. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the online form.

Why is monitoring so important? Growers in Exclusion regions and with ‘Not Detected’ orchards need to monitor vines for Psa early, so we can act if anything is identified and protect the rest of their orchard as well as nearby growers.

Regular orchard monitoring enables growers to become familiar with their vines. It’s about learning what is usual, and what isn’t. Nine times out 10 when you see something odd it will be nothing, and that’s good, because it means that the one time it’s something of concern, we’re finding it. The sooner we learn about something unusual the more we can do to help.

KVH has developed ’Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted’ information and fact sheets, which are available on the KVH website. While these organisms are considered the greatest potential threats to the kiwifruit industry, the next incursion we face could be another damaging pest or disease not yet on our radar. Look out for plants displaying any unusual symptoms and pests not commonly seen or identifiable to monitoring staff.

Protocols & Movement Controls
20 August 2020
Importance of following budwood requirements
20 August 2020
Budwood movement is still a focus for some at this time. As it poses a high-risk of disease transfer, growers are reminded to follow all KVH requirements if sending, receiving, or transferring...
Importance of following budwood requirements
20 August 2020

Budwood movement is still a focus for some at this time. As it poses a high-risk of disease transfer, growers are reminded to follow all KVH requirements if sending, receiving, or transferring budwood between KPINs.

Best practice, if possible, is to source budwood from your own orchard. If this is not possible, be sure to check requirements in the KVH Protocol: budwood and ensure that any budwood movements have traceability records taken and retained.

KVH movement controls vary depending on the Psa status of the orchard, and regions that the budwood is moving into and out of.  Requirements include that all suppliers of budwood must register with KVH before the first budwood collection of the year and supply a copy of their Psa-V Risk Management Plan.

Movement of infected material is not permitted, and budwood must not be transferred from a Recovery region to a Containment region (Whangarei) or to an Exclusion region (the South Island or the Far North). If you are unsure of the rules for your situation or have any queries, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

KVH will investigate any reports of budwood movements that do not meet requirements.

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.

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