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Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
17 September 2020
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that pruning...
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
17 September 2020

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that pruning and tying down is being completed on some orchards. If an orchardist or orchard manager thinks they are unlikely to meet the 1 October timeframe, contact us by email so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Free orchard signage
17 September 2020
Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up to date. Orchard visitors,...
Free orchard signage
17 September 2020

Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up to date.

Orchard visitors, harvest staff, and contractors need to know and follow your hygiene requirements.

KVH has produced signage highlighting the need for visitors to make contact before entering and the biosecurity risk posed by plant, vehicle, and people movements. If you would like new signs, they are available free of charge from KVH by phoning 0800 665 825 or feel free to contact us by email.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
17 September 2020
KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the International Kiwifruit Organisation (IKO) virtual meeting yesterday. Also attended by NZKGI and...
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
17 September 2020

KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the International Kiwifruit Organisation (IKO) virtual meeting yesterday.

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 progress in managing Psa in New Zealand and provided a summary of the 2019/20 season.

As part of the meeting, Stu also updated attendees on the proposed new Pathway Management Plan currently being consulted on with growers and industry, the 2019/20 successful Auckland fruit fly response, outcomes of the latest Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) research from Italy, and emerging high-risk pests and diseases for kiwifruit.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Spreading the stink bug message
17 September 2020
KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), including a comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New...
Spreading the stink bug message
17 September 2020

KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), including a comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New Zealand and other horticultural groups known as the BMSB Council.

The campaign for the current high-risk season aims to lift public awareness around the damaging impacts of BMSB and increase the likelihood of early detection through passive surveillance.

KVH is co-funding the campaign, key aspects of which include print advertising in gardening magazines and grower publications (timed to coincide with peak holiday periods when people are in gardens and likely to spot BMSB outside); digital advertising to target online shoppers (such as those using Amazon, eBay and AliExpress) and people watching TV programmes around things like border security; and MetService ads which have been high-performing ads for us in previous years.

This year we’ll also be sponsoring an evening on television channel Choice TV, to capture the audience that may not be reached via digital. This works with sponsoring an evening’s viewing by getting ads in between programmes, and then pop ups during shows on that evening. We’re looking to sponsor an evening that focuses on DIY, gardening, outdoors, home shows etc (which is common on Choice).

The new season’s BMSB flyers and posters will be available shortly, and will be added to the stink bug page of the
KVH website.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Fun Fact
17 September 2020
The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) jumps more than it flies. At just one inch long, an adult SLF can jump three metres. Three metres!! That’s why their wings are often closed. They rarely need to...
Fun Fact
17 September 2020

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) jumps more than it flies. At just one inch long, an adult SLF can jump three metres. Three metres!!

That’s why their wings are often closed. They rarely need to use them because their quad strength is apparently unparalleled.

The SLF is an emerging biosecurity threat to kiwifruit and many other horticultural industries. The pest is hard to control and is a proven invader, capable of flying out of orchards and returning later, and hitchhiking on inanimate objects.

How could it get to New Zealand? The SLF lays its eggs in clusters on smooth surfaces (including vehicles and machinery, shipping containers, and garden furniture) and covers them with a protective layer of wax. The eggs can then hitchhike on these and other imported commodities. See more on the SLF page of the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Biosecurity micro-credential enrolments open now
17 September 2020
The Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), together with the horticulture industry and KVH has developed a biosecurity micro-credential (a short, focused piece of learning) to enhance industry...
Biosecurity micro-credential enrolments open now
17 September 2020

The Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), together with the horticulture industry and KVH has developed a biosecurity micro-credential (a short, focused piece of learning) to enhance industry capability.  

The micro-credential content includes biosecurity principles, on-farm practices, and an assessment component. It is designed to give an individual an understanding of biosecurity; what risks are present on their orchard/farm; how to prioritise and manage them; asks how practices can be put in place or improved; and demonstrates how to implement, monitor and review a biosecurity plan.

This Level 5 NZQA qualification is free to you and is being delivered by UCOL on behalf of the Primary ITO. Upcoming courses are in Kerikeri (Friday 9 October), Tauranga (Tuesday 13 October), and Hastings (Monday 19 October).

If you’re interested in enrolling, please get in touch with the Primary ITO on 0800 20 80 20 to secure your spot.

Biosecurity News
17 September 2020
Psa annual update video
17 September 2020
Zespri and KVH hosted the annual Psa R&D update last week which saw scientists share with growers and industry key outcomes from the research portfolio to help growers refine their...
Psa annual update video
17 September 2020

Zespri and KVH hosted the annual Psa R&D update last week which saw scientists share with growers and industry key outcomes from the research portfolio to help growers refine their on-orchard Psa disease management programme.

Growers heard from a range of speakers during the day, including Kabir Shahjahan from Plant & Food Research, who presented updates on his continuing research into Hayward bud rot, as well as new research into Gold3 budrot, and how that is affected by Bounty and Bruno rootstocks. Final results from the four-year GoldFutures programme were delivered by Phil Elmer from Plant & Food Research. Sonia Whiteman from Zespri presented research on the risk of frost, and the development and updates to the KVH Psa Risk Model on behalf of Rob Beresford of Plant & Food Research. Zespri also provided updates on the future of bactericides, before the day ended with a presentation from Linda Peacock from KVH that summarised how this new research fits into Psa good practice management.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and increased interest in the event, the update was opened to online participants for the first time and recorded. You can watch video from the day on the Zespri Canopy website here or on the KVH YouTube channel here. A summary of key points, and each presentation is also available below.

Presentations:

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
New Psa seasonal management guide
3 September 2020
The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2020-21 is out now and available to view or download from the KVH website. A printed A2 sized copy of the chart has also been included in your mailed copy...
New Psa seasonal management guide
3 September 2020

The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2020-21 is out now and
available to view or download from the
KVH website. A printed A2 sized copy of the chart has also been included in your mailed copy of the August Kiwiflier.

The wall chart outlines how you can use cultural methods and a protective spray programme year-round to reduce risk on your orchard, including regular monitoring, removing infected material, girdling, and seasonal spray plans.

A key feature of the wall chart 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.

Any changes or updates made to the chart and product list during the 2020/21 season will be made to the online version and will be notified via the KVH Bulletin.

If you would like extra printed copies of the wall chart sent to you, please email KVH at info@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
Most unwanted time of the year
3 September 2020
Fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) are considered two of the biggest biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry and from September they are both in their highest-risk period for...
Most unwanted time of the year
3 September 2020

Fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) are considered two of the biggest biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry and from September they are both in their highest-risk period for entry into New Zealand. A quick reminder of the damage these unwanted pests can do and what to look out for:

Fruit flies:

·        High likelihood of entry – have crossed our borders many times.

·        Production impacts for a range of horticultural crops but considered low for kiwifruit.

·        Severe market access restrictions, particularly for Queensland Fruit Fly, which is not present in most major kiwifruit markets.


BMSB:

·        Pierces kiwifruit resulting in fruit drop and rot. Fruit loss is typically 5-10% but up to 30% on worst blocks.

·        Extremely difficult to eradicate – early detection is essential.

·        Major nuisance pest overwintering inside homes in huge numbers.

·        High likelihood of entry as a hitchhiker on shipping containers, cars, machinery, and luggage.

For more information on these and other biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry, see our Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list on the KVH website and contact us on 0800 665 825 if you would like posters or leaflets about these pests sent out to you.

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
Spotlight on Biosecurity Week coming soon
3 September 2020
A reminder that biosecurity in the Bay of Plenty will be celebrated with the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) annual Spotlight on Biosecurity Week from Monday 2 – Friday 6...
Spotlight on Biosecurity Week coming soon
3 September 2020

A reminder that biosecurity in the Bay of Plenty will be celebrated with the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) annual Spotlight on Biosecurity Week from Monday 2 – Friday 6 November. 
 
This week is all about highlighting the importance of protecting what we love about Tauranga Moana and showcasing the awesome biosecurity work that's being undertaken across the region.  There will be several different events including Port Biosecurity Excellence Programme activities and on Thursday 5 November, the annual TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium will be held.  
 
There’ll be more information about each day released soon. If you were unable attend last year you can read all about the event
here or browse videos from the day on the KVH YouTube channel here.

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
In the news
3 September 2020
Stink bug trapped for the first time in the UK: The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), which invades homes and decimates soft fruit, has been trapped for the first time in Britain, at a nature...
In the news
3 September 2020

Stink bug trapped for the first time in the UK: The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), which invades homes and decimates soft fruit, has been trapped for the first time in Britain, at a nature reserve in Essex.  

Search warrant obtained for biosecurity breaches with seeds: Selling hops on Trade Me and having prohibited seeds at home has earned a retired woman a $4000 fine and her first convictions. The Ministry for Primary Industries saw the offending as calculated and deliberate, and argued any harm from breaching the biosecurity system could prove irreversible.

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
Fun Fact
3 September 2020
Did you know, a female Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) can lay up to 100 eggs a day throughout her lifetime at room temperature (when it’s cold, she may produce far fewer eggs). The eggs are laid...
Fun Fact
3 September 2020

Did you know, a female Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) can lay up to 100 eggs a day throughout her lifetime at room temperature (when it’s cold, she may produce far fewer eggs).

The eggs are laid just under the surface of fruit and the maggots or larvae hatch from the egg after two to three days and start feeding on the fruit. Larvae quickly grow from 1mm to 1cm long (and look a lot like a grain of rice) when mature.

The most likely way that fruit flies can arrive in New Zealand is in infested fresh fruit and vegetables. Be vigilant and keep watch during the high-risk season, which is September through to June. It is often difficult to spot adult fruit flies on fruit trees; the better option is to look out for any larvae in fruit. Report any finds or anything else unusual to either Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66 or KVH on 0800 665 825.

Read more about fruit flies on the KVH website here.

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