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Biosecurity News
1 October 2020
Roadshow consultation for better plan for managing risk
1 October 2020
The KVH team and Board members have been busy over the last couple of weeks discussing the proposed new Pathway Management Plan with growers and others across the kiwifruit industry. Thank you to all...
Roadshow consultation for better plan for managing risk
1 October 2020

The KVH team and Board members have been busy over the last couple of weeks discussing the proposed new Pathway Management Plan with growers and others across the kiwifruit industry. Thank you to all those who have taken part so far – the discussions have been incredibly worthwhile in helping to further formulate the details of the proposal.

We’ve travelled around kiwifruit growing regions to hold workshops about the proposal and these have been incredibly successful both in terms of support and robust discussion about the finer details.

Overall, we’ve seen a great amount of support for the concept of the Pathway Plan and agreement that it is needed if we are going to continue to successfully manage biosecurity risk going forward.  When it comes to the details of how things might be different for key groups (such as growers, post-harvest and contractors for example) there is a firm view that what we need to do is make sure we have the correct balance between managing biosecurity risk and pragmatism. Although the proposal is a new way of thinking about pathway risks, day-to-day orchard operations won’t be all that different, and what we are wanting to ensure is that we have common sense, easy to use, simple, tools and resources in place that support best practice and good biosecurity outcomes so that we can help protect the investment that many in the industry have made.

This is where the feedback we’ve had so far has been valuable. We are listening and making changes as we go, so that we can be certain what we are proposing is fit for purpose, doesn't add layers of additional compliance and adds value to growers and the industry, while robustly managing risk.

If you haven’t already spoken with one of the team about the proposal and want to, or have more that you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and if you know of anyone or any group that would like us to meet with them please let us know by either phoning us on 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

More information, including case studies and fact sheets, is available on the Pathway Plan information hub we’ve added to the KVH website. We welcome all comments and submissions, either by completing the form on the website or by sending an email to info@kvh.org.nz.

Grower News
1 October 2020
Pathway Plan virtual meeting
1 October 2020
Thank you to all those who have so far met with us to discuss the proposed new Pathway Plan. We welcome all feedback and encourage everyone to have a say on this important proposal for better...
Pathway Plan virtual meeting
1 October 2020

Thank you to all those who have so far met with us to discuss the proposed new Pathway Plan. We welcome all feedback and encourage everyone to have a say on this important proposal for better management of biosecurity risk across the kiwifruit industry. 

We’re also planning a virtual presentation during the evening of Wednesday 14 October for those who were unable to come along to any of the presentations in the regions (or those who would like to hear more). This will also allow us to discuss feedback received so far and answer any questions you may have about the detail of the proposal. 

So that we can tailor the presentation to suit you, we ask that you RSVP in advance here. Closer to the time you will receive an email that includes a link so you can dial in to the meeting.

We encourage you to join us for what will be an informative and interactive presentation.

When: Wednesday 14 October, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
RSVP: Online here

Biosecurity News
1 October 2020
Free biosecurity training just for you
1 October 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...
Free biosecurity training just for you
1 October 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 biosecurity 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
1 October 2020
The benefit of constant surveillance
1 October 2020
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has just released their Annual Surveillance report for 2020 which highlights continued significant surveillance efforts across New Zealand to ensure we...
The benefit of constant surveillance
1 October 2020

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has just released their Annual Surveillance report for 2020 which highlights continued significant surveillance efforts across New Zealand to ensure we remain free of unwanted organisms.

General surveillance provides a way for New Zealanders to report suspected plant pests and diseases that are not already present in New Zealand. The report shows it’s been a busy year, with just over 1,000 called made to MPI’s hotline (0800 88 99 66) by the public. This is a slight dip on last year, but not unexpected as both travellers and cargo imports have been impacted due to COVID-19. Of these calls, MPI was able to stand down 26% immediately as no risk was found and 66% required further investigation to understand the level of risk.

As well as general surveillance, MPI runs several targeted surveillance programmes which look at specific high-risk pests such as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and economically damaging fruit flies, like the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF).

The national fruit fly trapping network has been running since the mid 1970’s and has successfully detected 12 fruit fly incursions early enough that we were able to eliminate them before they were able to establish. The traps are placed strategically around New Zealand based on several factors, including climate, ports of arrival, suitable hosts, and population density. The most recent response was in 2019 in Auckland and spanned almost a whole year before freedom from QFF was declared. 

During the most recent high-risk fruit fly season there were 2,653 submissions from the traps sent to MPI’s laboratory, involving over 5,000 suspect fruit flies – fortunately, all returned negative. The trapping network is active from late September until early July, with the season running longer in the North due to the warmer climate.

The national BMSB surveillance programme is much newer and was established in the 2018-19 season to provide early detection and monitoring to facilitate eradication should BMSB be detected. The trapping network was increased to 80 trapping sites last season with additional traps in Tauranga (funded by the kiwifruit industry), Napier, and Nelson. The results show 596 samples were submitted, involving 650 stink bug specimens.

One BMSB was detected in the trapping network in March 2020 which resulted in further investigation and determined no further risk. While this find may seem concerning, it helps to highlight the value of such networks in catching BMSB early and allowing swift investigation and management of risk before a population can get hold in the environment or community.

You can read more about all of the above, and much more, in the latest Surveillance Annual Report 2020 on the MPI website.

Biosecurity News
1 October 2020
New Psa management resources
1 October 2020
In the last Bulletin we shared video from the annual Psa R&D update, which saw scientists share with growers and industry key outcomes from the research portfolio, to help with on-orchard Psa...
New Psa management resources
1 October 2020

In the last Bulletin we shared video from the annual Psa R&D update, which saw scientists share with growers and industry key outcomes from the research portfolio, to help with on-orchard Psa disease management programmes.

In conjunction with that event, a Good Practice Workshop was held for growers, so that they could create their own Psa programme, with the support of peers. The workshop used several thought-provoking, constructive and easy-to-follow resources designed to promote conversation and have everyone in the room learning and sharing knowledge gathered from both research and practical experience.

These resources are now available on the KVH website and are freely available to support growers, managers and post-harvest to share practical knowledge with their teams and gain a greater understanding of Psa management activities on-orchard.

There are three new resources that are designed to be used as either a group exercise (they come with a script that explains what to read out to your team) or for individual use, and are mainly photo-based:

  • Psa assessment: a series of photos of typical Psa scenarios that people might come across on-orchard and the things that might need to be considered when making decisions about what to do in each scenario and why.
  • Good management practices: an activity using flashcards that looks at different management practices for controlling Psa and considers which are good, okay, or unacceptable – such as incorrect timing of sprays.
  • Where to cut: a series of photos and symptom information that help with decision making about where to make cuts to remove Psa symptoms.
Biosecurity News
1 October 2020
Fun Fact
1 October 2020
Can you guess how many fruit fly traps there are in New Zealand during the high-risk season? Almost 8,000! New Zealand’s comprehensive fruit fly surveillance programme involves all these traps...
Fun Fact
1 October 2020

Can you guess how many fruit fly traps there are in New Zealand during the high-risk season? Almost 8,000!

New Zealand’s comprehensive fruit fly surveillance programme involves all these traps being checked fortnightly (starting October and continuing through until July) for early detection of potential breeding populations and uses three different pheromone trap lures.

The traps are placed in potential host trees and arranged in a specific pattern to cover areas identified as likely points of entry and detection because of their vicinity to international air and sea ports, presence of host material, and habitat suitability (temperature in particular).

During the high-risk season for fruit fly KVH publishes monthly updates about any fruit fly finds and new responses to detections either in New Zealand or our closest neighbours, Australia. These are available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
1 October 2020
You're invited to the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day
1 October 2020
KVH and Zespri are hosting the annual Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day on Wednesday 4 November 2020. Open to growers and anyone in the industry interested in learning more about initiatives...
You're invited to the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day
1 October 2020

KVH and Zespri are hosting the annual Kiwifruit Biosecurity Industry Day on Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Open to growers and anyone in the industry interested in learning more about initiatives underway to better manage biosecurity risk to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, the day will feature a series of presentations including an overview of the proposed new Pathway Management Plan and a look at supporting research into pollen and compost, plus the role of KVH in the wider biosecurity system including GIA (the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response) and the border.

Local and international research supported by KVH and Zespri into key risks for the New Zealand kiwifruit industry will be discussed.  

KVH will share what happens with unusual symptom reports and the day will close with a demonstration of the popular Find A Pest app that uses innovative technologies and scientist’s expertise to help users identify and notify potential pests.

Come along to see and hear all the latest news – this event sold out last year so get in quick to save your spot. To those of you who wish to attend online, this is also an option and once you register a link will be sent to you prior to the event.

Where: Trustpower Arena, Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
When: Wednesday 4 November 2020, 9.00am – 1.00pm including morning tea RSVP: Online here

Biosecurity News
1 October 2020
Early protection important to protect flowerbuds
1 October 2020
Recent research presentations alerted growers of the need for strong Psa protection programmes, both at budbreak and through the early weeks of canopy development. For both Hayward and Gold3,...
Early protection important to protect flowerbuds
1 October 2020

Recent research presentations alerted growers of the need for strong Psa protection programmes, both at budbreak and through the early weeks of canopy development.

For both Hayward and Gold3, flower-buds were seen to become infected as early as 1-2 weeks after budbreak if innoculum is present. Infection risk ramps up with rainfall, and strong winds similarly add risk. Flower-bud infections only become visible 2-3 weeks after infection, with browning of flower sepals becoming visible.

We know Psa moves from outside the flower-bud into internal flower parts, so a regime to minimise innoculum early must be in place and should include monitoring to identify Psa hot spots, removal of infected material, and the use of an integrated spray programme using products which match the orchard risk.

Many canopies now have leaf size sufficient for application of the elicitor Actigard, and for sites where challenge of Psa is high, bactericides can be considered.

Ongoing copper rounds are needed to protect the rapidly expanding young canopy tissue.

A list of current protective spray products is 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