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Protocols & Movement Controls
24 March 2016
Abandoned orchard removed in North West Auckland
24 March 2016
KVH has facilitated the removal of a one hectare abandoned kiwifruit orchard in the North-West Auckland region. The orchard was recorded as unmanaged three years ago but was subsequently pruned and...
Abandoned orchard removed in North West Auckland
24 March 2016

KVH has facilitated the removal of a one hectare abandoned kiwifruit orchard in the North-West Auckland region. The orchard was recorded as unmanaged three years ago but was subsequently pruned and sprayed to meet KVH requirements.

The property was recently sold and after considering all options, the new owners agreed to removal over management. The orchard was low-lying and a marginal economic proposition for continued Hayward production. Local postharvest companies were no longer interested in any possible lease.

A North-Auckland based contractor has completed the removal. Piled vines will be burnt once they have dried out and fruit picking is completed on neighbouring orchards.

KVH would like to thank the land owner and all involved in achieving a successful outcome.

If growers know of any unmanaged or abandoned kiwifruit orchards, please alert KVH with location and orchard status details – email info@kvh.org.nz.
 

Protocols & Movement Controls
28 January 2016
Ohaeawai Nursery - CORRECTION
28 January 2016
In the January edition of the Kiwifruit Journal, Ohaeawai Nursery advertised kiwifruit plants for sale in a leaflet that contained errors. The leaflet stated that “all zones including Exclusion...
Ohaeawai Nursery - CORRECTION
28 January 2016

In the January edition of the Kiwifruit Journal, Ohaeawai Nursery advertised kiwifruit plants for sale in a leaflet that contained errors. The leaflet stated that “all zones including Exclusion and Controlled” could be supplied with kiwifruit plants.

However, KVH have advised Ohaeawai Nursery that until it joins the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) it cannot supply plants to Whangarei (an Exclusion region with a controlled area in place); and even under the KPCS, plants from Ohaeawai Nursery will not be able to be supplied to the South Island (also an Exclusion region).

Ohaeawai Nursery is in the process of joining the KPCS and is currently a KVH-registered nursery.

Protocols & Movement Controls
28 January 2016
Changes to the KPCS
28 January 2016
Changes to the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) have been implemented following consultation with industry nurseries late last year. Click here for a one-page information sheet. The...
Changes to the KPCS
28 January 2016

Changes to the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) have been implemented following consultation with industry nurseries late last year.

Click here for a one-page information sheet.

The updated KPCS documents are now available to all nurseries and growers on the KVH website.

After 1 October 2016 the scheme will be fully implemented and growers will have three options for sourcing kiwifruit rootstock and grafted plants:

  • Purchase KPCS ‘target organism free’ plants – certified for movement between regions;
  • Purchase KPCS ‘within region only’ plants – certified freedom from all target organisms except the common NZ strain of Psa-V and therefore movement is restricted to within the same growing region; and/or
  • Grow plants for their own use – growers may produce up to 1000 plants a year for movement between their own properties within the same Psa-V region.

All nurseries intending to sell/move plants this year need to register with KVH here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
28 January 2016
New nursery joins the KPCS
28 January 2016
WC & VM Parker Ltd (formerly trading as Tauranga Nurseries) has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) and is now producing certified kiwifruit plants for sale. This is the second...
New nursery joins the KPCS
28 January 2016

WC & VM Parker Ltd (formerly trading as Tauranga Nurseries) has joined the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) and is now producing certified kiwifruit plants for sale. This is the second Bay of Plenty nursery to join the KPCS.

By joining the KPCS, WC & VM Parker Ltd demonstrates it is managing biosecurity risks, has been independently audited, visually inspected for target organisms and returned a non-detected result for a very comprehensive testing regime for Psa-V.

A list of all nurseries who are part of the KPCS are available on the KVH website here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
21 December 2015
Mandatory monitoring analysis from spring 2015
21 December 2015
Results from the KVH mandatory monitoring rounds completed between mid-September and mid-October 2015 are available on the KVH website – click here. All orchards in Exclusion regions ...
Mandatory monitoring analysis from spring 2015
21 December 2015

Results from the KVH mandatory monitoring rounds completed between mid-September and mid-October 2015 are available on the KVH website – click here.

  • All orchards in Exclusion regions
  • All orchards in Containment regions
  • All ‘Not Detected’ orchards in Recovery regions

The results presented are an analysis of the data submitted by growers, by variety and growing region for Containment regions and Exclusion regions only (status as at 31 October 2015).

Results were required by 31 October 2015, however as of that date only approximately half of the required monitoring data had been submitted to KVH.

Protocols & Movement Controls
29 October 2015
Tenders for wild kiwifruit control - closing data approaching
29 October 2015
 The closing date for tenders for the control of wild kiwifruit in the Western Bay of Plenty is Friday 6 November at 4.00pm.   Copies of the tender document may be obtained from the KVH...
Tenders for wild kiwifruit control - closing data approaching
29 October 2015

 The closing date for tenders for the control of wild kiwifruit in the Western Bay of Plenty is Friday 6 November at 4.00pm.  

Copies of the tender document may be obtained from the KVH office at 314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui, by telephone on 0800 665 825 or by email at info@kvh.org.nz. 
 
Please direct all queries to John Mather, Compliance Officer, at john.mather@kvh.org.nz.
 
Protocols & Movement Controls
29 October 2015
Mandatory Monitoring - Reporting due Saturday
29 October 2015
Growers in Exclusion and Containment regions and also ‘Not Detected’ orchards in Recovery regions have until Saturday 31 October to report their mandatory monitoring results to...
Mandatory Monitoring - Reporting due Saturday
29 October 2015

Growers in Exclusion and Containment regions and also ‘Not Detected’ orchards in Recovery regions have until Saturday 31 October to report their mandatory monitoring results to KVH. 

An online reporting tool is available for growers to submit monitoring results directly to KVH. Click here to access this tool.

 

 

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.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz