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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.

Protocols & Movement Controls
4 April 2019
Reminder to order nursery plants in advance
4 April 2019
When we visit nurseries as part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), we’re reminded of how important it is to nurseries that growers order their plants well in advance. Without...
Reminder to order nursery plants in advance
4 April 2019

When we visit nurseries as part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), we’re reminded of how important it is to nurseries that growers order their plants well in advance.

Without a reliable estimate on anticipated demand for the next season, nurseries take a conservative approach to avoid getting left with unsold stock. Growers should order plants as far in advance as possible – preferably a year – to avoid any shortage in supply.

Additionally, growers must only purchase plants that are KPCS certified. KVH movement controls must be observed. A list of nurseries and their KPCS status is available on the
KVH website.

When it comes to ‘Grow for own use’ a reminder that growers may produce their own plants for use on the same property. There are no restrictions on these plants.

Growers may also produce up to 1,000 plants a year for movement between their own properties within the same KVH kiwifruit growing region. These plants do not need to meet the requirements of the KPCS but any plants being moved between properties must meet some risk management requirements. Growers in this case must complete and submit to KVH a
KVH Psa-V Risk Management Plan - Growing Rootstock for your own use.

Please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 if you would like more information about the requirements.

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.

Protocols & Movement Controls
7 March 2019
Whangarei Controlled Area removed
7 March 2019
In late 2015 KVH established a ‘Whangarei Controlled Area’ to help prevent the spread of Psa in the region. At the time one Whangarei orchard had been identified with Psa. Psa has now...
Whangarei Controlled Area removed
7 March 2019

In late 2015 KVH established a ‘Whangarei Controlled Area’ to help prevent the spread of Psa in the region.

At the time one Whangarei orchard had been identified with Psa.

Psa has now been identified on four further orchards in the Whangarei region, meaning a total of five orchards are now recorded as Psa positive (including one orchard outside the Controlled Area). With the change in situation, KVH has removed the Whangarei Controlled Area and lifted the accompanying Notice of Direction issued to growers in the area. Growers and other local parties were advised last Thursday of the removal, effective immediately.

Whangarei growers have done very well in slowing the spread of Psa within the region. Growers, contractors and others must continue to ensure that Psa is not transferred between orchards and regions via any human-assisted pathway. 

National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) rules and requirements are still applicable. Rules covering movement of risk items including plants and machinery (within, into and out of the region), application of crop protection products, vine management, monitoring and reporting of Psa symptoms still apply to all orchards within the Whangarei Containment Region. Refer to the KVH protocols for more information.

Protocols & Movement Controls
29 November 2018
A plant pathway for all regions
29 November 2018
Regional boundaries and classifications are important to protect areas with little or no Psa and manage risk from new or evolving forms of the disease. Following consultation with growers, KVH has...
A plant pathway for all regions
29 November 2018

Regional boundaries and classifications are important to protect areas with little or no Psa and manage risk from new or evolving forms of the disease. Following consultation with growers, KVH has released a new pathway standard that will continue to manage this risk, but also enable more growers to access kiwifruit plant material, especially new varieties.

The standard provides a robust, and strictly controlled pathway that allows material from Recovery regions to be moved to Exclusion or Containment regions, with little to no increase in Psa risk.

Based on tissue culture, the pathway contains several different measures to mitigate risk over an 18-month period that reduce this risk to an acceptable level. An independent review of the pathway was undertaken by Scion Research found the pathway would result in negligible increase of risk in introducing Psa to these regions. Recommendations made in the review have also been adopted within the pathway.

The role of KVH is to develop a pathway and ensure risk is sufficiently managed. The movement of plant material, and costs associated with this process will now be borne by commercial parties, of which Zespri and Plant & Food Research have expressed an interest.

The standard has effect from now and any qualifying plant material for movement can be notified to KVH to begin the process of using the pathway.  If you have any questions, please email info@kvh.org.nz or phone KVH on 0800 665 825.

Protocols & Movement Controls
15 November 2018
Monitoring in Containment/Exclusion regions
15 November 2018
Last week, KVH staff monitored 10 orchards in the Whangarei Controlled Area. These orchards included three of the region’s four Psa-positive orchards, and those surrounding them. Staff also...
Monitoring in Containment/Exclusion regions
15 November 2018

Last week, KVH staff monitored 10 orchards in the Whangarei Controlled Area. These orchards included three of the region’s four Psa-positive orchards, and those surrounding them. Staff also monitored three orchards outside the Controlled area.

Infection is well controlled on the positive orchards and the only symptoms observed by KVH were minimal spotting on some Bruno suckers. Samples were taken from some orchards during this round, but no Psa positive sites were identified.

Growers in the Whangarei region, particularly those in the Controlled Area, have been regularly monitoring their vines and taking samples where there have been concerns over symptoms.

AgFirst Motueka will be completing an independent monitoring round of a selection of South Island orchards in the last week of November, to confirm the region is still Psa Not Detected.

Protocols & Movement Controls
15 November 2018
Flower collecting for pollen milling
15 November 2018
Contractors are out in force over the next few weeks collecting flowers for pollen milling. It’s important to select flowers for milling that are as clean as possible, to reduce the risk of...
Flower collecting for pollen milling
15 November 2018

Contractors are out in force over the next few weeks collecting flowers for pollen milling. It’s important to select flowers for milling that are as clean as possible, to reduce the risk of spreading Psa via pollen.

For the past 3 years, KVH has been collecting pollen samples from Recovery regions and had them tested by Hill Laboratories for Psa.

Last year, Psa was detected in all 11 samples tested and all 33 sub-samples. The levels of Psa detected were all high. Live Psa bacteria was found when culturing 28 of the 33 sub samples.

Please refer to KVH Protocol: Artificial Pollination for further details on requirements for pollen mills and flower collectors.

Protocols & Movement Controls
15 November 2018
Mandatory monitoring 2018
15 November 2018
It is a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) that all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions monitor their orchards annually and report their results to KVH by 31...
Mandatory monitoring 2018
15 November 2018

It is a requirement under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) that all growers of Not Detected orchards in all regions monitor their orchards annually and report their results to KVH by 31 October.

KVH has so far received about 40% of these results. If your orchard is Not Detected and you have not monitored or reported please do so ASAP using the online form (or by phoning KVH) to ensure you are compliant. View reporting results by region here

If you are unsure whether your orchard is recorded as Psa positive or Not Detected please call us at KVH 0800 665 825 and we can clarify this for you.

We are happy to you assist with entering your monitoring results electronically.

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 November 2018
Consultation closing on Pathway
1 November 2018
KVH is consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions, with negligible increase in risk. The proposed...
Consultation closing on Pathway
1 November 2018

KVH is consulting on a proposed pathway for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions to access kiwifruit plant material from Recovery regions, with negligible increase in risk.

The proposed pathway is based on tissue culture and rather than relying on a single measure to mitigate risk, the pathway contains several different measures over a 14-month period to reduce risk to an acceptable level. The pathway adopts relevant measures from the Actinidia Import Health Standard which allows tissue culture kiwifruit plants to be imported into New Zealand and includes the peptone screening protocol that allows for screening of low levels of Psa in tissue culture plants.

Details of the proposed pathway are available on the KVH website, including:
- A summary presentation given to South Island and Whangarei growers last month
- An independent review of the pathway by Scion Research concluding that this pathway would result in negligible increase of risk in introducing Psa to these regions.


If you would like more details, please contact KVH and a complete version of the pathway standard will be provided on request.

The consultation period closes 5pm tomorrow, Friday 2 November 2018. To provide feedback on the proposal please email info@kvh.org.nz or phone KVH on 0800 665 825.

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 November 2018
Pollen season is almost upon us again
1 November 2018
KVH is aware that there are several new pollen mills operating this year. All kiwifruit pollen operators - defined as "every person or entity collecting, milling, selling, distributing and/or...
Pollen season is almost upon us again
1 November 2018

KVH is aware that there are several new pollen mills operating this year.

All kiwifruit pollen operators - defined as "every person or entity collecting, milling, selling, distributing and/or artificially applying pollen" - must register with KVH annually via the KVH website here. This includes all pollen mill operators (including growers who mill for their own use) and anyone who has sourced pollen from a mill for further distribution.

Thanks to those who have already registered with KVH and provided their Risk Management Plan.

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