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Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Challenging spring conditions
3 October 2019
The hail event in the Hawkes Bay this week is a reminder of the fickleness of spring weather, with extreme events like this increasing Psa risk through the creation of wounds via leaf shatter....
Challenging spring conditions
3 October 2019

The hail event in the Hawkes Bay this week is a reminder of the fickleness of spring weather, with extreme events like this increasing Psa risk through the creation of wounds via leaf shatter.

Affected growers should apply a Psa protectant as soon possible, and on sites where Psa risk is higher bactericides should be considered. If growers are planning to use bio stimulants to help recover vines a reminder to ensure a 7-day window is maintained between these and copper. Actigard may also be applied once vines start to recover.

Looking ahead to next week, the Psa Risk Model again predicts moderate to high-risk weather in many areas particularly in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. 

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
BMSB in the Bay
3 October 2019
Remain calm, we’re fortunately not talking about the real thing. The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) team KVH is part of has had a banner installed on one of the GrainCorp silos in...
BMSB in the Bay
3 October 2019

Remain calm, we’re fortunately not talking about the real thing.

The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) team KVH is part of has had a banner installed on one of the GrainCorp silos in Mount Maunganui, raising awareness about the importance of keeping New Zealand stink bug free.

We’re in the high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the banner includes a giant image showing what to look out for, as well as the tag line ‘catch it snap it report it’ and the number for the Biosecurity New Zealand 0800 hotline.  To top it all off and add to the visual there are also several stink bugs (stickers) crawling their way round the tank.

The banner is in a high traffic area (along Hewletts Road, near the corner of Totara Street) and we’ve already had a lot of great feedback about how noticeable it is.  It will be up for a few more weeks, until the end of the regions Spotlight on Biosecurity Week in late October.

You may have also read in SunLive over the weekend an article about the banner and work being done by industry groups to keep this unwanted pest out of New Zealand.

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Identifying pampas from the native toetoe in early October
3 October 2019
Now is a good time to identify the South American pampas – an invasive plant with seeds causing problems for pack-houses at picking time.  The wind-borne seeds attached to fruit are a...
Identifying pampas from the native toetoe in early October
3 October 2019

Now is a good time to identify the South American pampas – an invasive plant with seeds causing problems for pack-houses at picking time. 

The wind-borne seeds attached to fruit are a serious reject factor, excluding fruit from some markets.  Make sure that you can identify pampas and destroy all plants growing near your orchard.

Pampas flower heads emerged earlier this year (March/April) but are still very upright and although weather-beaten, remain quite cone-shaped. 

Toetoe flowered in November/December and the flag-like flower heads have all but disintegrated. Toetoe will flower again in the next two months.

Control pampas by carefully applying glyphosate herbicide, one part to 50 parts water (2%). Some contractors manage to chainsaw it off at ground level and apply one-part glyphosate to 20 parts water to the basal leaves.  Wear protective clothing/gloves if getting into pampas.

If you can see lots of upright flower heads in early October, it’s pampas.

 

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Week long Spotlight on Biosecurity
3 October 2019
The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) Spotlight on Biosecurity week will get underway Monday 21 October, with a range of local activities celebrating biosecurity awareness and the role...
Week long Spotlight on Biosecurity
3 October 2019

The Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) Spotlight on Biosecurity week will get underway Monday 21 October, with a range of local activities celebrating biosecurity awareness and the role everyone in the community plays in protecting our local environment and economy from biosecurity threats.

There will be a symposium celebrating the first anniversary of the initiative on the Tuesday. The event will bring together iwi, business and community groups as well as environmental and biosecurity/biodiversity leaders to showcase how biosecurity capability is being built across the region and the gains that have been made in the last 12 months.

There are two other key activities during the week KVH is heavily involved in – one is the Kiwifruit Grower Biosecurity Day on the Wednesday which will include an exclusive session with Professor Acelino Alfenas from Clonar / University of Vicosa, Brazil who will discuss research into Brazilian Wilt, a soil-borne disease of concern, and the importance of traceability. Presentations will also cover BMSB preparedness and on-orchard management, plus latest news and lessons from research initiatives. (This event is a sellout but you can waitlist.) 

The other is the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence programme, which as per previous years involves the Port, KVH and Biosecurity New Zealand working with Port staff and contractors during the week to raise awareness of the importance of best-practice when it comes to biosecurity vigilance, what pests to be on the lookout for, and how to report unusual finds.

Learn more about TMBC’s pioneering approach to biosecurity in this One News video.

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
3 October 2019
KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the 38th International Kiwifruit Organization (IKO) meeting in Italy recently. Also attended by NZKGI and...
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
3 October 2019

KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the 38th International Kiwifruit Organization (IKO) meeting in Italy recently.

Also attended by NZKGI and Zespri representatives, the annual meeting provides an opportunity for international counterparts from countries where kiwifruit is grown to share news and opportunities. Stu provided an update about how we manage Psa, the Auckland fruit fly responses, our preparedness planning for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the successful application late last year for the use of the Samurai Wasp in the event of an incursion, and emerging risks.

Following the meeting, Stu visited kiwifruit orchards and nurseries around Bologna and Cisterna. BMSB continues to create crop damage and fruit drop across a range of horticulture industries - including kiwifruit - while the development of kiwifruit vine decline syndrome or Moria Disease in some orchards in the north of Italy and latterly moving south into the Latina region is also causing concern.

The significance of these pests and diseases cannot be underestimated and the visits provided excellent opportunity to talk to local experts and understand the research going into developing early detection and management methodology.

You can read more about the success of the IKO meeting in FruitNet news here.

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Connecting biosecurity knowledge across communities
3 October 2019
Last month KVH attended the 2019 APEN (Australia-Pacific Extension Network) conference in Darwin. This visit to the Top End offered a chance to meet and learn from a diverse range of extension...
Connecting biosecurity knowledge across communities
3 October 2019

Last month KVH attended the 2019 APEN (Australia-Pacific Extension Network) conference in Darwin. This visit to the Top End offered a chance to meet and learn from a diverse range of extension professionals from primary industries, education and research groups from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Themed Extending horizons, the conference emphasis was on the value of connecting growers and communities with research, tools and technologies to allow them to prepare for and prosper through changes affecting primary industries now and into the future.

Keynote speakers acknowledged climate change, biosecurity, retention of licence to operate and sustainability as current and future challenges and pointed to the value of working collaboratively within industry and with governments to bring about new and better practices. 

Creating networks that encompass diverse views and learning to move past resistance to change were considered important tasks for primary industries as together everyone works towards feeding local and global populations into the future.

The 196 delegates shared 19 hours of presentations, and amazing “only in the Northern territory” field trips to a crocodile farm, the buffalo dairy industry, Adelaide river wetlands, the Darwin aquaculture centre and Darwin’s medical research institute which is a global leader in tropical research.

Biosecurity News
3 October 2019
Biosecurity 2025
3 October 2019
Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and...
Biosecurity 2025
3 October 2019

Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and future-focused to protect our taonga and New Zealand from pests and diseases.

KVH is a key partner in Biosecurity 2025. There are a number of kiwifruit industry, community, and regional initiatives KVH helps drive that are part of this national strategy.

Ko Tātou This Is Us
Biosecurity keeps our incredible home safe from pests and diseases. Ko Tātou This Is Us asks us to take a moment to think about how biosecurity protects our way of life, the outdoor environment where we fish, farm, hunt and explore, the beautiful biodiversity of our unique ecosystem and even the food we eat.

Every New Zealander has a role to play in preventing pests and diseases from getting into New Zealand or helping to stop their spread if they do get here. It takes all of us to protect what we’ve got. View the video below and visit the Ko Tātou This Is Us website to learn more. You can also watch the kiwifruit industry's Ko Tātou This Is Us video - championing the importance of biosecurity to best business practice - here.

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) 
This is a collaboration between Tauranga Moana iwi, local industries and business, science institutions, educators, central and local government. Its purpose is leading and taking collaborative action towards biosecurity excellence.

This coalition is an exemplar for regional collaboration and partnership - it is an example of Ko Tātou This Is Us in action, building a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders.

Our TMBC focus is on working with rangatahi in partnerships with educators; connecting our communities to the importance of biosecurity; and building collaboration across iwi, hapu, community organisations, industries, science and Matauranga Maori experts, central government and local government to achieve biosecurity excellence. Visit the TMBC website to learn more.

Biosecurity Excellence at the Port of Tauranga
This award-winning partnership was formed in 2014 between the Port, several primary industries, and central and local government agencies to prevent and respond to biosecurity risks through the Port of Tauranga.

All groups have come together with the goal of having no incursions through the Port. This is achieved by working collaboratively and being  committed to biosecurity excellence, through effective biosecurity awareness and the use of the very best tools and technologies, backed by science.

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
Your new seasonal management guide
19 September 2019
A reminder the Psa Seasonal Management Wall Chart for the 2019-20 season is out now (you should have received an A2 poster copy in your August Zespri Kiwiflier). You can view and download the chart...
Your new seasonal management guide
19 September 2019

A reminder the Psa Seasonal Management Wall Chart for the 2019-20 season is out now (you should have received an A2 poster copy in your August Zespri Kiwiflier).

You can view and download the chart from the KVH website or contact us if you’d like extra posters sent to you.

A key feature is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the upcoming seasons approved products for protection against Psa, their year-round application rates and permitted use periods. The biggest changes to this season’s wall chart are:
 

·         The addition of a Bio-bactericides section, listing details for the use of Actigard.

·         The removal of Caplit from the CPPU section.

·         More emphasis on cultural management of Psa, including information about sanitising tools and pruning.

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
Stink bug round up
19 September 2019
Earlier this week the Newsroom news site published an article and podcast on Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), the havoc they’re wreaking overseas, and the nationwide efforts underway here to...
Stink bug round up
19 September 2019

Earlier this week the Newsroom news site published an article and podcast on Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), the havoc they’re wreaking overseas, and the nationwide efforts underway here to keep this unwanted and damaging pest out.

The entertaining podcast tells the history of stink bugs in Asia, the USA and Europe from a grower perspective, explains why we have a high-risk season, and includes great interviews with Cath Duthie from Biosecurity New Zealand (who has seen BMSB first-hand through her extensive visits to Europe and in particularly Georgia), David Vinsen from the Vehicle Importers Association and Ed Massey from NZ Wine who is Chair of the BMSB Council - the joint industry group working together to raise awareness about the impacts of BMSB and managing all the ‘cool stuff’ being researched to keep it out.

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
BioGro lowers copper input limits for organic production
19 September 2019
BioGro has confirmed that from last Wednesday 11 September 2019, the limit on the use of copper-based inputs for organic production has been lowered to 3kg active copper/ha/year. This applies to...
BioGro lowers copper input limits for organic production
19 September 2019

BioGro has confirmed that from last Wednesday 11 September 2019, the limit on the use of copper-based inputs for organic production has been lowered to 3kg active copper/ha/year.

This applies to all BioGro Licensees and flags the end of an interim exemption which allowed a temporary increase to 6kg/ha/year to support growers in the control of Psa following the disease’s outbreak.

BioGro certified products with ACVM registration for Psa affected by this change include Nordox 75WG, AG Copp 75, Champion++, and Hortcare Copper Hydroxide 300.

BioGro Licensees should contact the BioGro office with any queries or concerns regarding this change.

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
No fear of reporting suspect finds
19 September 2019
The sooner you alert us to anything unusual, the more we can do to help. Early detection is key to eradication – if we don’t report and miss this window, any one of a number of unwanted...
No fear of reporting suspect finds
19 September 2019

The sooner you alert us to anything unusual, the more we can do to help. Early detection is key to eradication – if we don’t report and miss this window, any one of a number of unwanted pests could establish and be a challenge we have to deal with forever.

We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result. 

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.

Biosecurity News
19 September 2019
Travelling overseas these school holidays?
19 September 2019
Kiwifruit growers travelling during the school break (starting next Friday 27 September) may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because Biosecurity New...
Travelling overseas these school holidays?
19 September 2019

Kiwifruit growers travelling during the school break (starting next Friday 27 September) may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because Biosecurity New Zealand border staff consider occupation as part of their risk assessment, and growers could potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

Kiwifruit growers returning to New Zealand should:

·         Before packing, clean all risk items (e.g. shoes and equipment) that may have come into contact with any soil or plant material. Ideally use a sanitiser.

·         Declare any visits to an orchard or farm while overseas.

·         Declare or dispose of any risk goods on entry (e.g. food items).

·         Answer all questions honestly, even if it means a short delay getting through border clearance.

KVH has put together a useful poster outlining everything growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home.

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