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Protocols & Movement Controls
15 October 2015
Wild kiwifruit report
15 October 2015
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) has provided details of the 2014/15 wild kiwifruit control programme. Contractors controlled 4988 wild vines on properties in the Pyes Pa, Omanawa and Te...
Wild kiwifruit report
15 October 2015

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) has provided details of the 2014/15 wild kiwifruit control programme.

Contractors controlled 4988 wild vines on properties in the Pyes Pa, Omanawa and Te Puke east areas.  Most vines were 3cm or less basal diameter, indicating the plants had grown from recently germinated seed.  Birds such as wax-eyes spread kiwifruit seed by feeding on unpicked fruit over winter months.  Therefore, it is important growers remove all unpicked fruit from orchard vines.

Council recently approved further funding assistance for the wild kiwifruit control programme after considering a KVH submission to BOPRC’s Long Term Plan 2015-2025.  BOPRC and KVH will each provide 37.5% of contractor control costs; and landowners will provide 25%.  Wild kiwifruit is a containment pest in Council’s Regional Pest Management Plan and landowners are required to control all wild kiwifruit growing on their property.

KVH will continue to work collaboratively with the BOPRC (and other regional and district councils) to ensure wild kiwifruit is destroyed.  Wild kiwifruit presents a potential biosecurity risk by harbouring pests and exacerbating further spread if wild vines themselves set fruit.

If you know the location of wild kiwifruit plants, please report them to KVH on 0800 665 825; or if growing in the Bay of Plenty – to a biosecurity officer at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council on 0800 884 880.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
15 October 2015
Important pollination messages for growers and pollen providers
15 October 2015
There are higher levels of infection in male vines this year and we know Psa-V infection in flowers travels through to pollen and can spread onto other orchards. Growers with little or no male...
Important pollination messages for growers and pollen providers
15 October 2015

There are higher levels of infection in male vines this year and we know Psa-V infection in flowers travels through to pollen and can spread onto other orchards.

Growers with little or no male infection are urged to consider making their orchard available for flower picking to support their own and industry stocks. Early male flowers can be collected for pollen without impacting on pollination.

Gowers supplying flowers are asked to assess their orchards to avoid infected areas and monitor pickers to ensure infected flowers are not picked.

All pollen providers must:

Growers should not be sourcing pollen from a supplier who is not registered with KVH – click here for a list of registered pollen suppliers on the KVH website.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
1 October 2015
Consultation begins on Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme
1 October 2015
This month KVH will be consulting with kiwifruit nurseries and growers on several proposed changes to the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). These changes are based on feedback received...
Consultation begins on Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme
1 October 2015

This month KVH will be consulting with kiwifruit nurseries and growers on several proposed changes to the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).

These changes are based on feedback received from growers and nurseries over the past 18 months since the scheme was introduced in May 2014.

Key proposed changes and amendments include:

Alternative Psa-V monitoring and testing requirements
This will open up options for nurseries supplying outdoor-grown plants to local growers within their growing region. There would be no requirement to test for the ‘common’ NZ strain of Psa-V, however additional requirements would exist to test for other strains of Psa (non-NZ, streptomycin resistant and copper tolerant).

Definition and controls for ‘growing for own use’
From 1 October 2016, kiwifruit plants being moved between properties must either be KPCS certified, or for a grower’s use on properties they own within the same kiwifruit growing region. The consultation paper will provide clarity on the definition of ‘growing for own use’, the number of plants that can be moved under this mechanism and the controls associated with these movements.

Additional target organisms for the scheme
Additional biosecurity threats will be added as target organisms to the Scheme. Technical advice is being provided to ensure nurseries providing certified plants have the ability to control, or detect, these other target organisms within their operation.

Details of all the proposed changes and amendments to the Scheme are available in a consultation paper which has been released to nurseries and is available to growers on the KVH website.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 September 2015
Mandatory monitoring - reporting due 31 October
18 September 2015
Annual mandatory monitoring for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions and also ‘Not Detected’ orchards in Recovery regions is required to be carried out between 15 September and 15...
Mandatory monitoring - reporting due 31 October
18 September 2015

Annual mandatory monitoring for growers in Exclusion and Containment regions and also ‘Not Detected’ orchards in Recovery regions is required to be carried out between 15 September and 15 October with reporting due to KVH by 31 October 2015.

An online reporting tool is available on the KVH website, allowing growers to submit monitoring results directly to KVH. Click here to access this tool and for more information about mandatory monitoring requirements in your region.

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 September 2015
Psa-V Orchard Management Plans
3 September 2015
Spring is a good time to review your existing Psa-V Orchard Management Plan to ensure it’s up to date with the latest Psa-V management practices you are implementing on your orchard. An...
Psa-V Orchard Management Plans
3 September 2015

Spring is a good time to review your existing Psa-V Orchard Management Plan to ensure it’s up to date with the latest Psa-V management practices you are implementing on your orchard.

An updated Orchard Management Plan must be available with other GAP records as part of the GAP audit process.

Online templates to assist growers with their Psa-V Orchard Management Plans are available on the KVH website here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
9 July 2015
Southern Cross Horticulture joins plant certification scheme
9 July 2015
Southern Cross Horticulture in Tauranga is now producing plants certified under the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). Southern Cross is the first nursery in a Recovery Region to achieve...
Southern Cross Horticulture joins plant certification scheme
9 July 2015

Southern Cross Horticulture in Tauranga is now producing plants certified under the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). Southern Cross is the first nursery in a Recovery Region to achieve this Standard, demonstrating that with good hygiene and biosecurity practices, a nursery can produce good clean plants undercover even in close proximity to orchards with Psa-V.

KPCS certification demonstrates that Southern Cross Horticulture is managing its biosecurity risks, has been independently audited, visually inspected for target organisms, and returned a non-detected result for a comprehensive test for Psa-V. This involves 600 leaves being sampled from across the operation.

While KPCS plants are permitted greater freedom of movement, movement controls still apply and no plants (KPCS or otherwise) are permitted to move from a Recovery Region to a Containment or Exclusion Region. KVH movement controls are detailed in KVH Protocol: Nursery Stock. Please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 for clarification if you are unsure about any movement.

Nurseries continue to tell us that many growers are not placing orders for plants far enough in advance. To ensure nurseries have plants available to meet demand, orders should be placed before Christmas of the year prior to dispatch (preferably in October).

Protocols & Movement Controls
28 May 2015
Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme moves to single Standard
28 May 2015
It has been a year since the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) was introduced through the launch of the ‘Core’ Standard. During this time the Scheme has gained momentum with...
Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme moves to single Standard
28 May 2015

It has been a year since the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) was introduced through the launch of the ‘Core’ Standard.

During this time the Scheme has gained momentum with nurseries and growers. To date, four nurseries have met the Standard and are now selling certified plants; and KVH is working with other nurseries who intend to meet the requirements of the Standard and join the scheme.

Over the last year KVH has consulted with nurseries and growers, and hosted two KPCS workshops with members of the nursery, grower and science communities.

Engagement with the industry has been an important part of the development process and this feedback is now being incorporated to better improve the KPCS for nurseries and growers.

Yesterday an update was sent to all kiwifruit nurseries outlining the current status and future direction of the Scheme, and this included the move to one Standard only (initially a more rigorous, High-Health Standard was planned for development). The single standard will be no longer be referred to as the ‘Core’ Standard but the ‘KPCS Standard’.  This change is reflective of the feedback and suggestions received from the nursery and grower communities.

  • Click here to read the update and for more information about the Scheme and its future direction. 

Matt Dyck, KVH Biosecurity

Protocols & Movement Controls
14 May 2015
Working collectively to manage abandoned orchards
14 May 2015
There are now 108 abandoned orchards on the KVH register that have either been removed, or are in the process of being removed, since 2013. KVH continues to work with land owners and regional...
Working collectively to manage abandoned orchards
14 May 2015

There are now 108 abandoned orchards on the KVH register that have either been removed, or are in the process of being removed, since 2013.

KVH continues to work with land owners and regional councils to manage these orchards which pose a risk of Psa-V spread.

Over the last six months Bay of Plenty Regional Council has contributed $15,400 toward abandoned orchard removal costs in the region.

The removal of a 2.5 hectare abandoned orchard in Maketu was completed in April. The kiwifruit was planted adjacent to a chestnut orchard with vines smothering many of the chestnuts and willow shelter belt, killing many of the host trees.  The property Trust/owners and Bay of Plenty Regional Council assisted with removal costs.

Plans are progressing for the removal of two large abandoned orchards (totalling 4.7ha) near Ruatoria; and the removal of a one-hectare very abandoned orchard at Collingwood in Golden Bay is also progressing.  The kiwifruit vines and structures are heavily interspersed with mature ponga, mahoe and other native plants. 

John Mather, KVH Biosecurity
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
30 April 2015
Waimea Nurseries join the KPCS
30 April 2015
Waimea Nurseries in Nelson has become the latest nursery to join the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) and is now selling KPCS certified kiwifruit plants. Purchasing certified kiwifruit...
Waimea Nurseries join the KPCS
30 April 2015

Waimea Nurseries in Nelson has become the latest nursery to join the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) and is now selling KPCS certified kiwifruit plants.

Purchasing certified kiwifruit plants mean growers have assurance they are investing in the best start for their plants.

To date, four nurseries located in Kerikeri, Gisborne, Motueka and Nelson, have joined the KPCS. These nurseries are identified on the KVH nursery list here.

Other nurseries have expressed strong interest in joining the scheme and are currently documenting how their operation addresses biosecurity risks, as required under the KPCS.

All nurseries selling and dispatching kiwifruit plants must be registered with KVH or be part of the KPCS.

From 1 October 2016, all kiwifruit plants for sale and distribution must be KPCS certified.

For more information, visit www.kvh.org.nz/kpcs.

Karyn Lowry, KVH Operations

 

Protocols & Movement Controls
2 April 2015
Nursery plant movements
2 April 2015
All nurseries that sell and distribute kiwifruit plants are required to register with KVH on an annual basis.  Non-registered nurseries or nurseries that have let their registration lapse cannot...
Nursery plant movements
2 April 2015

All nurseries that sell and distribute kiwifruit plants are required to register with KVH on an annual basis.  Non-registered nurseries or nurseries that have let their registration lapse cannot dispatch kiwifruit plants. A list of KVH-registered nurseries is available on the KVH website here.

To avoid supply shortages, growers need to order plants well in advance so nurseries can anticipate industry demand. Plants ordered for dispatch after 1 October 2016 must be certified under the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).

Growers also have an obligation when purchasing plants to ensure the nursery is registered and movement controls are complied with. If you have any concerns about the plants you are purchasing this season and/or the movement controls associated with them, please call KVH to check first – 0800 665 825.

Transport requirements
KVH Protocols state that kiwifruit plant material (budwood, pollen, rootstock etc.) and other risk items (harvest bins) must be securely covered when moving between sites/regions to reduce the risk of disease spread. Nursery plants are also required to be sprayed with copper prior to dispatch and tested for Psa-V within six weeks of movement occurring.

KVH Protocols provide protection for transit regions that have limited Psa-V infection or where Psa-V has not yet been detected.

If you are planning on moving plant material or other risk items, please check the KVH Protocols on the website. If you are unsure please give us a call – 0800 665 825.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
18 December 2014
Wild kiwifruit tests Psa-V positive
18 December 2014
Symptomatic leaf samples taken from wild kiwifruit growing in a Te Puke gully have tested Psa-V positive.  The wild kiwifruit infestation was found in a gully between Te Puke’s No 1 and No...
Wild kiwifruit tests Psa-V positive
18 December 2014

Symptomatic leaf samples taken from wild kiwifruit growing in a Te Puke gully have tested Psa-V positive.  The wild kiwifruit infestation was found in a gully between Te Puke’s No 1 and No 2 Roads and reported to KVH.

Wild kiwifruit is controlled in the Bay of Plenty through a collaborative programme funded by KVH, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and landowners.  Any wild kiwifruit plants growing near producing orchards are prioritised for control.  This reduces risk of transmitting Psa-V inoculum back into commercial orchards. 

Thousands of plants are controlled annually, mostly by professional contractors who work methodically through often steep and difficult-to-access infested areas, including native bush and pine forests. 

The wild kiwifruit management programme has been a successful example of government and industry cooperation.  Fortunately, through previous years of intensive control work, the wild population was significantly reduced when Psa-V was first detected in 2010.  This reduction limited the harmful effects of the bacterium establishing in wild plants. Contractors will continue to destroy wild kiwifruit, including in the area where the positive leaves were detected.

People are encouraged to report suspected wild kiwifruit locations to KVH or their local regional council.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
13 November 2014
Nursery biosecurity - best practice fact sheets available
13 November 2014
To minimise biosecurity risks across the supply chain, and to assist nurseries in meeting the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme Core Standard, KVH has produced a series of factsheets on...
Nursery biosecurity - best practice fact sheets available
13 November 2014

To minimise biosecurity risks across the supply chain, and to assist nurseries in meeting the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme Core Standard, KVH has produced a series of factsheets on biosecurity best practice for kiwifruit nurseries. An independent nursery expert has assisted KVH in developing these factsheets which are aligned with key components of the Core Standard.

These factsheets will be added to over time and currently include:

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz