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Biosecurity News
12 December 2019
Get your new fruit fly guide
12 December 2019
KVH has developed a helpful new guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region. The guidelines can be used to help...
Get your new fruit fly guide
12 December 2019

KVH has developed a helpful new guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region.

The guidelines can be used to help business continuity planning at an orchard level and are split into sections that cover:

·         fruit fly distribution across the world and why they are a threat to New Zealand
·         what to look out for on orchards
·         controls to keep fruit flies from getting here
·         detection methods in case they do get here
·         controls in the event of a detection and different levels of response
·         how to maintain business continuity and what activities can take place on the orchard in responses
·         how growers and orchards are affected by export restrictions. 

The information in the guide is based on Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) and should be treated as guidance as every response is different and things like controlled area zones and market access restrictions can change from one response to the next.

The guide has been added to the fruit fly section of the KVH website and can be downloaded here. Please email KVH if you would like us to print and post a copy to you for free. 

Biosecurity News
12 December 2019
KiwiNet members bring response knowledge back to industry
12 December 2019
KiwiNet members continue to share their experiences working on the fruit fly responses in Auckland. Team members Nory Estal and Carol Smart, both from Orangewood, tell us what it was like...
KiwiNet members bring response knowledge back to industry
12 December 2019

KiwiNet members continue to share their experiences working on the fruit fly responses in Auckland.

Team members Nory Estal and Carol Smart, both from Orangewood, tell us what it was like day-to-day when they were deployed into the response; what they got out of it; what they learnt about the importance of biosecurity to an industry like ours; and their advice to anyone thinking about joining KiwiNet and taking part next time. Read Nory’s story here and Carol’s here.

The KiwiNet network is a team of people selected from across the kiwifruit industry who champion biosecurity readiness and coordinate kiwifruit industry resources for biosecurity responses. Read more about the network here.

Biosecurity News
12 December 2019
BMSB preparedness
12 December 2019
KVH works closely with Zespri, Biosecurity New Zealand and others across the kiwifruit industry to ensure we are all prepared for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), if it were to arrive and establish...
BMSB preparedness
12 December 2019

KVH works closely with Zespri, Biosecurity New Zealand and others across the kiwifruit industry to ensure we are all prepared for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), if it were to arrive and establish here. This includes taking part in regular training and preparedness sessions, simulation exercises, hosting workshops, and developing joint workplans for how we would manage an incursion and long-term response.

We’ve recently updated two important documents available on our website toreflect advances in knowledge and international learnings:

·         Read the BMSB Readiness Plan (A) for information about how the kiwifruit industry is ready for a New Zealand incursion.

·         Read the BMSB Readiness Plan (B) for information about long term management considerations should BMSB establish in New Zealand.

Biosecurity News
12 December 2019
Visiting European experts share BMSB knowledge and tools
12 December 2019
Yesterday at Plant and Food’s Te Puke Research Centre, two European Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts shared accounts of research that is currently underway in Italy to achieve...
Visiting European experts share BMSB knowledge and tools
12 December 2019

Yesterday at Plant and Food’s Te Puke Research Centre, two European Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts shared accounts of research that is currently underway in Italy to achieve sustainable control of this invasive pest.

KVH staff joined local scientists, growers and other stakeholders at the presentation by Professor Gianfranco Anfora and Dr Anna Eriksson from Fondazione Edmund Mach in Italy.

Their research group has developed a citizen science biosecurity mapping app called “BugMap” to track the spread and densities of BMSB. The success of “BugMap” in Italy has led to the adoption of the app by chocolatier Ferrero Rocher in Georgia, a country where these bugs are now affecting hazel nut supply. Their growers are able to use the app to make reports and see the spread of the pest in real time.  

The smartphone app has so far had over 2000 reports from citizens, and because they come in all year round, experts have been able to use the data to create prediction models of future spread which they can also share with users.

Professor Anfora highlighted the impact of BMSB during the presentation, noting there has been rapid spread of the pest in Italy and expected losses as a result are around NZD$1b for 2019 alone. He noted they are seeing impacts to both gold and green kiwifruit, and he believes gold appears to be more susceptible.  

In terms of monitoring tools, researchers have been making design improvements to the various traps they use - including a new kind using a wind tunnel effect, which has so far been found to catch 15 times more BMSB than standard sticky base traps with the same lure. Watch a short video from the research team showing these traps in action here.

Like New Zealand, the Italians are very interested in the use biocontrol, with the Samurai Wasp as the organism of choice. The wasp has been known to parasitize up to 80% of BMSB eggs and is highly active all season, making it one of the most promising control options. The Samurai Wasp, and other parasitoids have been recently detected in Italy and a very new Italian law now permits the release of exotic antagonists and there is an application underway seeking permission to be able to release the wasp in Italy to help control BMSB populations (in August 2018 the New Zealand horticulture industry welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision allowing the release of the wasp into New Zealand, if ever there was an incursion of the BMSB).

Experience from countries where the invasive BMSB is present is highly valuable to the kiwifruit industry, and New Zealand, in preventing and controlling any potential outbreaks. Information sharing builds on the knowledge KVH, Zespri, and the kiwifruit industry can use as we continue to formulate short and long-term plans for how we would respond to and manage a BMSB incursion on our orchards. Read more about our most updated plans here.

Biosecurity News
12 December 2019
Look out for unwanted travellers
12 December 2019
The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by people, Christmas goodies, and luggage. Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and check...
Look out for unwanted travellers
12 December 2019

The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by people, Christmas goodies, and luggage.

Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and check any packages or bags from overseas for hitchhiking pests like Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Open overseas parcels in a closed room and if you find anything unusual, catch it, photograph it, and report it.  Watch our short video about checking parcels for unwanted visitors.

Kiwifruit growers and other passengers associated with primary sectors travelling over the Christmas and New Year period may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because they potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

KVH has put together a useful poster outlining what kiwifruit growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home. We can print the poster for you and send it out to you if you like – contact us at info@kvh.org.nz with postal details. 

Biosecurity News
28 November 2019
On the lookout for fruit fly
28 November 2019
There were a few fruit flies intercepted during October, none of which were our highest-risk Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF). One interception was of Oriental Fruit Fly larvae on jujubes (a type of red...
On the lookout for fruit fly
28 November 2019

There were a few fruit flies intercepted during October, none of which were our highest-risk Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF).

One interception was of Oriental Fruit Fly larvae on jujubes (a type of red date) at an airport, and another was of Lesser Pumpkin Fly larvae on cucumber, also at an airport. Larvae was also found in a supermarket-purchased mandarin and investigated.

You can read more in the latest monthly KVH fruit fly risk update, which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about what’s happening in other countries to manage the threat posed by fruit flies.

KVH has also developed a helpful new guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region, to allow for business continuity planning at orchard level. The guide has been added to the fruit fly section of the KVH website and can be downloaded here. Please contact us if you would like a copy printed and sent to you. 

Remember: the high-risk period for fruit flies runs through the summer months. Be vigilant, keep watch, and if you hear of someone that has accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand as part of their Christmas travels make sure it is reported and then appropriately destroyed (bagged and put in the rubbish is the best way, not composted).

Biosecurity News
28 November 2019
Short videos on keeping industry free of pests and diseases
28 November 2019
If you missed out on the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day and want to watch the presenters in action, you can now view videos from the event on the KVH YouTube channel. More than 80 people...
Short videos on keeping industry free of pests and diseases
28 November 2019

If you missed out on the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day and want to watch the presenters in action, you can now view videos from the event on the KVH YouTube channel.

More than 80 people attended the day, covering readiness activities; the impacts of the soil-borne disease Ceratocystis fimbriata in Brazil; latest BMSB and Spotted Lanternfly research; and the new iteration of KVH’s ‘most unwanted’ list of pest and disease threats.

Also, look out for more information and images from the day, as well other events during the regional ‘Spotlight on Biosecurity’ week in your next Kiwifruit Journal.

Biosecurity News
28 November 2019
Air New Zealand onboard with new biosecurity video
28 November 2019
The in-flight biosecurity video, reminding travellers about the importance of protecting our country from unwanted pests and diseases, will now be screened on all international Air New Zealand...
Air New Zealand onboard with new biosecurity video
28 November 2019

The in-flight biosecurity video, reminding travellers about the importance of protecting our country from unwanted pests and diseases, will now be screened on all international Air New Zealand flights.

Launched earlier in the year, airlines with screen capacity committed to play the video to arriving passengers. KVH has been part of direct discussions with Air New Zealand about their current capacity and is pleased that this has resulted in commitment from the airline to have the video playing on every flight (available in a wide range of languages) within the next month.

All visitors to the country and kiwis returning home can help protect New Zealand from harmful pests and diseases. The video provides a clear message about what everyone’s responsibilities are when arriving here. The simple lesson is, if you're unsure about an item you’ve got – declare it.

There are two versions of the video – one spoken in English and one for Chinese airlines spoken in Mandarin. The English version has been translated/sub-titled into 12 different languages, including Hindi, Malay, Arabic, Korean and French. It has also been translated into Bilsama, a national language in Vanuatu spoken by many seasonal workers.

Watch the video here.

Biosecurity News
28 November 2019
Latest BMSB finds
28 November 2019
Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 15 live Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds. Over the last few weeks there were 10 of the unwanted bugs found at the...
Latest BMSB finds
28 November 2019

Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 15 live Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds.

Over the last few weeks there were 10 of the unwanted bugs found at the border and post-border (in things like online shopping packages as we mentioned in the last Bulletin). All were reported and investigated, with no further sign of any insects.

More detail can be read in the latest monthly KVH BMSB risk update, which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about activities involving KVH to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for and respond to this unwanted pest.

These detections are a stark reminder of how real the BMSB risk is to our kiwifruit industry – remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about BMSB are available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
14 November 2019
Better plan for managing kiwifruit industry risk
14 November 2019
KVH is looking at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. Growers views are being sought on a proposed new Pathway Management Plan, which...
Better plan for managing kiwifruit industry risk
14 November 2019

KVH is looking at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

Growers views are being sought on a proposed new Pathway Management Plan, which would offer better protection, more value for money, and increased simplicity around rules and regulations.

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, international visitors, and high-risk second hand or imported equipment coming onto our orchards.

The proposed Plan is equivalent to the current Psa-V National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) but is more fit-for-purpose and makes 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.

KVH proposes that the Plan will replace the current Psa-V NPMP as it will retain the important elements needed for Psa protection (e.g. controlling movements of high-risk pathways to the South Island) but also provide much wider benefits: 

·         better protection

·         more value for money

·         increased simplicity around rules and regulations

·         right settings for early detection of new threats

·         consistent and pragmatic. 

Pathway plans enable an organisation like KVH to do things like setting clear objectives and rules for the industry and accessing powers needed to effectively manage risks on a wider scale than for just Psa. They designate a management agency responsible for the Plan, which in this case would be KVH. They also enable the agency to raise funding through a levy if needed, although KVH is hoping to manage this all under one existing levy, without any net increase to growers. 

The proposed Plan is summarised in the one-page fact sheet available here and detailed in the consultation paper available here. Both documents are available on our website, alongside a submission form. You can also email us at info@kvh.org.nz or phone 0800 665 825 to provide comments.  

Based on feedback received, a full plan and implementation schedule will be developed and shared in early 2020 for your input before it is finalised.  

We encourage you to have a say and let us know your thoughts on the proposed new Plan.

Biosecurity News
14 November 2019
BMSB hitches a ride in online shopping
14 November 2019
Reminding us all how close-to-home the stink bug risk is, a local post-harvest staff member recently had a mail package arrive from Virginia in the USA, complete with what looked like a Brown...
BMSB hitches a ride in online shopping
14 November 2019

Reminding us all how close-to-home the stink bug risk is, a local post-harvest staff member recently had a mail package arrive from Virginia in the USA, complete with what looked like a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

Knowing exactly what to do, they caught the bug in a plastic container and reported it to Biosecurity New Zealand who confirmed it was a BMSB. A great catch!

If you, your family, co-workers or friends receive mail from overseas (especially from the USA) remember to check parcels for any pests such as BMSB that may have snuck a ride to New Zealand. We have a short video about being careful when opening parcels on our YouTube channel here.

Biosecurity News
14 November 2019
Hail damage adds to Psa risk
14 November 2019
Wild spring weather, including hail storms in the western Bay of Plenty, continues to add Psa risk for many sites across growing regions. Damaged leaves and canes should be protected with copper to...
Hail damage adds to Psa risk
14 November 2019

Wild spring weather, including hail storms in the western Bay of Plenty, continues to add Psa risk for many sites across growing regions.

Damaged leaves and canes should be protected with copper to minimise infection risk, especially if there is already a high inoculum source due to heavy leaf spotting across blocks. Psa control options reduce as blocks move through to flowering but late flowering sites may still have a window to apply Actigard. This is highly recommended, particularly for wind prone sites. Ensure young plants or grafts are also protected.

When applying coppers, maintain a five to seven-day gap between applications of foliars and copper to minimise risk of phytotoxicity to leaves and fruit. Do not apply sprays in poor drying conditions, or high humidity, as risk of fruit staining increases.

Gold skin sensitivity commences around 21 days after fruit set with risk increasing between 28 and 42 days and reducing again between 42 and 80 days. For Hayward, 14 to 35 days after fruit set is considered a high-risk period. Copper may be applied during these periods but take care to ensure drying conditions are optimal.

The Psa Risk Model indicates ongoing moderate risk from most stations over the next week so take every opportunity to prune male vines and complete girdling in the dry. Follow up with copper spray. Apply wound protectants to all large cuts.

Refer to the KVH recommended product list for more information about summer rates.

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