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Biosecurity News
6 August 2020
First-hand experience of pests and diseases in Italy focus of KiwiNet meeting
6 August 2020
KVH ran its six monthly KiwiNet workshop yesterday, with around 70 people from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations. The second KiwiNet workshop of 2020 included a...
First-hand experience of pests and diseases in Italy focus of KiwiNet meeting
6 August 2020

KVH ran its six monthly KiwiNet workshop yesterday, with around 70 people from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations.

The second KiwiNet workshop of 2020 included a special session with Craig Thompson (recent Zespri Global Supply Manager for Europe and current Zespri Representative on the KVH Board) about high-profile biosecurity threats in Italy. Craig has been on the frontline with Italian growers, postharvest, and scientists trying to combat Psa, Moria disease, and BMSB - all pests and diseases we're working to keep out of New Zealand.

During his presentation, Craig talked about the challenges growers face on-orchard related to not only orchard hygiene but also climactic conditions and rules and regulations from differing bodies across the sector and country. He highlighted the importance of co-ordination and cohesion in a response between growers, industry bodies and government, so that as much as possible can be done to limit impacts and so there is clear joint focus on risks and risk pathways.  

The workshop also provided attendees with an interesting and practical look at the importance of biosecurity readiness, using COVID-19 and the Mycoplasma bovis response as examples that come with huge challenges; and KVH ran group exercises on some key elements of the  proposed new Pathway Management Plan to ensure the proposed approach lands the right balance between risk management and ease of implementation for the industry.  KVH will be consulting on this proposal from mid-September.

You can view PowerPoint presentations from the day on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
6 August 2020
Fun Fact
6 August 2020
Did you know that on average each gram of soil removed from airline passengers’ shoes has at least two seeds in it? Research found that footwear in international passengers’ baggage...
Fun Fact
6 August 2020

Did you know that on average each gram of soil removed from airline passengers’ shoes has at least two seeds in it?

Research found that footwear in international passengers’ baggage contained soil that had around 2.5 seeds in it, 41 nematodes (wormlike plant-eating insects) and high counts of both bacteria and fungi.

The data came about as part of an AgResearch study on the biosecurity hazards that contaminated footwear could introduce to New Zealand. The project surveyed organisms in soil from the soles of passengers hiking boots (57% of samples), miscellaneous footwear (22%), sport shoes (12%), and golf shoes (10%).

This is a great reminder that as per Step 4 of the Kiwifruit Grower On-Orchard Guidelines, growers should always check and clean inputs crossing their boundary to make sure they do not present a biosecurity risk.  Footwear is considered the greatest risk and can easily spread contaminated soil from one site to another. Growers should ensure all visitors going onto their orchards have clean footwear and additional measures such as sanitising may be warranted for high-risk visitors.

Biosecurity News
6 August 2020
Searching for orchards with Psa symptoms or cutting out
6 August 2020
As an extension to the Cut It Out survey project, Fruition Horticulture is developing new grower resources that include footage of Psa symptoms. For these print and video resources, the Fruition...
Searching for orchards with Psa symptoms or cutting out
6 August 2020

As an extension to the Cut It Out survey project, Fruition Horticulture is developing new grower resources that include footage of Psa symptoms.

For these print and video resources, the Fruition team need to film and photograph examples of Psa symptoms on-orchard, as well as people taking action against the symptoms (e.g. cutting out).

They’re specifically on the search for: 

·         Young grafts and young plants with Psa symptoms

·         People cutting out cankers (especially symptoms on the leader or trunk)

·         Trunk cankers

·         Infected girdle cankers

·         Leader cankers

·         Cane dieback and other cane symptoms (wilt, shoot dieback, exudate on canes)

Footage will be kept as anonymous as possible - the orchard will not be named and there won’t be any identifying/recognisable features filmed. In the case of cutting out, filming people’s faces will be avoided (i.e. filming from the back etc).

If growers observe any of these symptoms or start to see these symptoms later in the season, and are happy to discuss footage with Fruition please contact either Bryce or Phoebe by email.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Last call for biosecurity champions
23 July 2020
It takes all of us to protect what we've got and there are biosecurity champions worth celebrating – if this is someone you know, be sure to shine a light on their achievements in the 2020 New...
Last call for biosecurity champions
23 July 2020

It takes all of us to protect what we've got and there are biosecurity champions worth celebrating – if this is someone you know, be sure to shine a light on their achievements in the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

Nominations close soon so get your entries in to recognise the incredible individuals and teams who are working hard to help ensure our country and its unique environment is safe from pests and diseases through their contributions to biosecurity.

The kiwifruit industry has been well represented at the Awards in the past (through both KVH and KiwiNet) and we’d love to see that success continue.

Visit the Ko Tātou This Is Us website to find out more and enter online. Be quick – entries close next Thursday 30 July 2020.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Biosecurity risk at a glance
23 July 2020
The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry. The Dashboard is produced to give...
Biosecurity risk at a glance
23 July 2020

The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry.

The Dashboard is produced to give growers and the industry a one-page view of current biosecurity threat levels and our ability to manage these threats should they arrive here.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Joining forces to tackle unwanted pests and diseases
23 July 2020
Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Biosecurity New Zealand to build regional capability in preparation for any future biosecurity...
Joining forces to tackle unwanted pests and diseases
23 July 2020

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Biosecurity New Zealand to build regional capability in preparation for any future biosecurity incursions.

TMBC will identify skills and expertise across its network – which includes KVH and many others from the kiwifruit industry - and then work with Biosecurity New Zealand and other partners to train and prepare champions across the region who can participate and support a biosecurity response, should an unwanted pest or disease reach our shores.

TMBC’s Co-Chair and KVH Board member Graeme Marshall says it’s a significant move forward in recognising TMBC’s collective commitment towards achieving the best outcomes for biosecurity and the positive impact
of collaborating to support New Zealand’s biosecurity system.

"COVID-19 demonstrated clearly that if we have a robust plan and people who are capable of implementing that plan, then the response is likely to be far more effective. That’s what this is about – strengthening our local awareness and preparedness to minimise risks and limit potential damage from pests and diseases."

As has been seen with the successful kiwifruit industry KiwiNet model, whereby members of the industry are prepared to support biosecurity responses, TMBC will look to identify and train members of their network who can be deployed in a biosecurity response.

Image: TMBC co-chairs Graeme Marshall and Carlton Bidois with John Walsh from Biosecurity New Zealand, in Tauranga. Photo: Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Spotlight on Biosecurity Week - save the dates
23 July 2020
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 - save the dates
23 July 2020

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 industry events (including another KVH/Zespri grower day after successful events the last two years), Port Biosecurity Excellence Programme activities and on Thursday 5 November, the annual TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium will be held.  
 
There’ll be a lot more information to come over the coming weeks, particularly about the kiwifruit grower day. 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
23 July 2020
Community biosecurity helps protect our kiwifruit
23 July 2020
Everyone connected to the kiwifruit industry can help protect what we’ve got and keep unwanted pests and diseases away. A new booklet from KVH provides guidance about how everyone in or close...
Community biosecurity helps protect our kiwifruit
23 July 2020

Everyone connected to the kiwifruit industry can help protect what we’ve got and keep unwanted pests and diseases away.

A new booklet from KVH provides guidance about how everyone in or close to the kiwifruit community can help identify biosecurity risks and address them. The bright, colourful guide is split into four easy sections detailing how everyone can:

1.    Keep watch (what to look out for and what big biosecurity responses cost if we don’t keep our eyes and ears peeled)

2.    Check and clean (how to look out for new pests on orchards or in gardens)

3.    Report the unusual (how to make a report and what happens next)

4.    Lead by example (what everyone can do at work, home and school to always be biosecurity aware).

The importance and enormity of the biosecurity task means that it is vital everyone pitches in and has accountability for keeping out pest and disease threats that could severely impact the kiwifruit industry and have flow-on effects for our livelihoods, and our communities. If the next big threat is here, undetected and spreading everyone has the power to protect what we’ve got with the easy steps covered in this booklet. 

The Kiwifruit Community Biosecurity Booklet is free and available from the KVH website or we can post copies to you, your workplace, school or anywhere else that helps spread the biosecurity word if you email us at info@kvh.org.nz.

The booklets will also be distributed at industry events, as well as during community initiatives in growing regions such as the upcoming Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital Spotlight on Biosecurity Week.

Biosecurity News
23 July 2020
Fun Fact
23 July 2020
Stink bugs smell like old socks!   You read that right …. old socks. And coriander. Skunks too. These are just some of the things the stink of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has...
Fun Fact
23 July 2020

Stink bugs smell like old socks!  

You read that right …. old socks. And coriander. Skunks too. These are just some of the things the stink of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has been compared to.

The two main chemicals responsible for the BMSB’s stinky spray are called trans-2-octenal and trans-2-decenal. The latter is what gives coriander its smell. The chemicals in the spray might have a purpose besides scaring away predators - according to a 2016 study, they inhibit the growth of bacteria, suggesting they are antibacterial agents and serve a multifunctional role for this insect.

Over winter, when it’s cold, the BMSB looks for a nice warm home to invade – sometimes in their thousands. Be on the lookout and if you ever think you’ve found one, catch it, take a photo and report it to Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66.  There are fact sheets, images, and videos about the BMSB on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
9 July 2020
KPCS nurseries come together
9 July 2020
More than 20 nurseries were represented alongside KVH last week at a forum to strengthen communication and partnership with nurseries who are part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme...
KPCS nurseries come together
9 July 2020

More than 20 nurseries were represented alongside KVH last week at a forum to strengthen communication and partnership with nurseries who are part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).

There were several informative presentations during the event, as well as discussions and feedback opportunities, particularly related to planned enhancements of the KPCS so that it aligns well with the proposed new Pathway Management Plan and Plant Production Biosecurity Scheme.

Growers should have confidence that kiwifruit nurseries are effectively and efficiently managing the biosecurity risks associated with kiwifruit rootstock movement through their compliance with the KPCS. Other industries also have similar schemes in place, with their growers recognising the value of certified plants.

Fundamental to the KPCS, and a cornerstone of biosecurity across the entire kiwifruit industry, is sourcing and tracking clean plant material - one of the five key steps within the Kiwifruit Growers Biosecurity Guidelines.  Growers can reduce risk associated with plant material by following movement controls, inspecting all material when it arrives on the orchard, and keeping up to date records, particularly maintaining traceability – i.e. where plants (and budwood) went on the orchard. A template and check sheet for this are included within the guidelines (Step 3).

Biosecurity News
9 July 2020
Biosecurity tops business priority list again
9 July 2020
Biosecurity has retained the number one ranking in KPMG’s annual Agribusiness Agenda priorities survey for the tenth year in a row. KPMG’s Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot –...
Biosecurity tops business priority list again
9 July 2020

Biosecurity has retained the number one ranking in KPMG’s annual Agribusiness Agenda priorities survey for the tenth year in a row.

KPMG’s Head of Agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot – who we are lucky enough to have giving an exclusive talk at this year’s industry AGMs - said not surprisingly, biosecurity was a top of mind matter for the primary sector leaders who had input into the report. The priority score given to biosecurity increased although it remains below its peak in 2018 at the height of the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) crisis.

“The impact that COVID-19 has had and will continue to have on people’s lives and the economy has highlighted how exposed we are as a country to an incursion.”

“The point was made by a number of contributors that it is critical we take the learnings from the response to COVID-19 and ensure that these are incorporated into biosecurity incursion readiness plans. While the year has passed without an incursion on the scale of M. bovis, it does not mean the year has been incursion free. There are known threats that have tested our border controls, some of which, like the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, have the potential to create significant environmental and economic damage if we drop our guard, something we can ill afford given the cost of the COVID-19”.

KVH is collaborating with NZKGI to host Ian Proudfoot as the special guest speaker at this years AGMs. He will expand on the Agribusiness Agenda and talk about the challenges and opportunities brought about by COVID-19 for the kiwifruit industry. The meeting starts at 9am, Tuesday 18 August 2020, at Trustpower Arena – read more here.

Biosecurity News
9 July 2020
Seed campaign kicks off
9 July 2020
Biosecurity New Zealand is running a social media campaign encouraging New Zealanders to buy seeds from local suppliers. Demand for fruit and veggie seeds skyrocketed during the COVID-19 lockdown,...
Seed campaign kicks off
9 July 2020

Biosecurity New Zealand is running a social media campaign encouraging New Zealanders to buy seeds from local suppliers.

Demand for fruit and veggie seeds skyrocketed during the COVID-19 lockdown, leading to increased interest in online providers based overseas – some of whom KVH is aware have been offering varieties of kiwifruit seed for sale. Unfortunately, many seeds purchased online aren’t what they say they are and more importantly do not meet New Zealand’s strict biosecurity rules and could risk introducing a plant disease.

Importing seeds is best left to reputable commercial operators who know what they are doing and are aware of what they must always do to meet the rules (including an import permit; phytosanitary certificate; and post entry quarantine for example). The campaign emphasises the risks and makes it clear that anyone can be prosecuted for bringing, or attempting to bring, unwanted plant species or pests and diseases into New Zealand.

Biosecurity New Zealand enforce all requirements and currently officials are making around 600 seed seizures a week. Any report of kiwifruit plants grown from unapproved seed imports will be investigated. Please contact the pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66 if you are aware of any unapproved kiwifruit seed imports. 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz