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Company Notices
11 June 2020
Kiwifruit expert opportunity in Georgia
11 June 2020
Expressions of interest are currently being sought for a short-term consultant role in kiwifruit production to assist the USAID Agriculture Program in Georgia, a beautiful country in the Caucasus...
Kiwifruit expert opportunity in Georgia
11 June 2020

Expressions of interest are currently being sought for a short-term consultant role in kiwifruit production to assist the USAID Agriculture Program in Georgia, a beautiful country in the Caucasus region bounded by Europe and Asia.

This programme is run by the international organisation Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) which designs sustainable market-led agricultural initiatives in countries across the world. USAID also provides huge resource and support to Georgia to develop agriculture and manage Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) - Cath Duthie from Biosecurity New Zealand recently visited the country to learn about their readiness and response activities and shared what she learnt with the kiwifruit industry through Kiwinet.

Western Georgia currently has 125 hectares of kiwifruit planted, with small volumes exported to Japan, Germany, Greece and Qatar.

The purpose of the role is to develop resource material, strengthen the technical skills of private and state extension specialists, and build capacity of kiwifruit growers to follow best production practices. The role will likely require online training of around 15 working days (starting July 2020) and travel to Georgia this December/January (10 days plus travel days).

If you are interested in more detail about timings and how to apply please contact info@kvh.org.nz by Friday 19 June.

Company Notices
11 June 2020
KVH director nominations
11 June 2020
The KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years to the KVH Board as Simon Cook’s term as grower elected representative is ending.  Simon Cook...
KVH director nominations
11 June 2020

The KVH Board is calling for nominations for one grower director for a term of three years to the KVH Board as Simon Cook’s term as grower elected representative is ending.  Simon Cook will be re-standing for this vacancy.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the KVH website here and must be returned to KVH along with a list of all interests in the kiwifruit industry by 5pm Tuesday 21 July 2020.

Grower members will be asked to vote for their preferred nominee and the successful candidate will be announced following the upcoming AGM on Tuesday 18 August 2020.

Company Notices
11 June 2020
KVH AGM
11 June 2020
KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 9am on Tuesday 18 August 2020, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui. Growers will receive their AGM packs in the mail during the...
KVH AGM
11 June 2020

KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 9am on Tuesday 18 August 2020, at the Trustpower Arena in Mount Maunganui.

Growers will receive their AGM packs in the mail during the last week of July. This will include the Chairman’s Report, 2019 KVH audited financial statements, the proposed budget for the 2021/22 financial year, and voting information.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend.

The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Biosecurity News
11 June 2020
Stink bug measures show results
11 June 2020
Strict biosecurity requirements for imported cargo have reduced the threat of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and even tougher rules will be introduced next season. There were 57 interceptions of...
Stink bug measures show results
11 June 2020

Strict biosecurity requirements for imported cargo have reduced the threat of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and even tougher rules will be introduced next season.

There were 57 interceptions of live BMSB during the 2019/20 season (September to April) – a reduction of 73% from the previous season. Of these, 28 were detected at the border. The others were largely individual hitchhikers detected after the border with personal effects carried by arriving international passengers. 

The reduction shows the success of introducing offshore treatment requirements to ensure high-risk goods arrive clean from countries with established BMSB populations. The import rules targeted vehicles, machinery, and parts from 33 identified risk countries, and all sea containers from Italy during the stink bug season.

New Zealand officials worked closely with Australian counterparts during the season to develop the offshore treatment programme and to ensure overseas-based facilities met biosecurity requirements. There will be more collaboration with Australia in the lead-up to next season, particularly around ensuring cargo arrives stink bug-free from European treatment providers, many of whom are operating with reduced staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biosecurity New Zealand is looking at adding three new countries to the list of those requiring special measures to send vehicles, machinery, and parts to New Zealand. There are also plans to extend the current treatment requirements for sea containers from Italy to cover at least another two stink bug seasons.

Rigorous border checks and post-border surveillance to intercept any hitchhiking bugs will continue to operate. 

During the last season, KVH co-funded a nationwide summer BMSB education campaign with Biosecurity New Zealand and other horticultural sectors to lift public awareness around the damaging impacts of the pest and increase the likelihood of early detection through surveillance. Read about the results of that campaign on the KVH website here.

Also, a reminder that during the stink bug season KVH publishes monthly updates about detections and what is being done by industry and government to reduce risk (including details about trapping and surveillance in the Bay of Plenty). These are available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
11 June 2020
Be on the lookout for BMSB over winter
11 June 2020
The high-risk season may be over, but this is a pest that infests homes, hibernates inside them over winter, and is almost impossible to get rid of. If you see a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB),...
Be on the lookout for BMSB over winter
11 June 2020

The high-risk season may be over, but this is a pest that infests homes, hibernates inside them over winter, and is almost impossible to get rid of. If you see a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), don’t kill it. Catch it, take a photo, and report it.

Watch the short winter campaign video hosted by Ruud ‘the Bug Man’ Kleinpaste and share it with friends and family to keep up the profile of this unwanted pest over the coming winter months.

Biosecurity News
11 June 2020
New Waihi weather station
11 June 2020
In a recent Bulletin we announced we were after a new home for the Waihi weather station to support local growers and had great feedback from several people putting their hands up to be hosts (thanks...
New Waihi weather station
11 June 2020

In a recent Bulletin we announced we were after a new home for the Waihi weather station to support local growers and had great feedback from several people putting their hands up to be hosts (thanks to you all).

After assessment and a site visit to discuss suitability, the station was set up late last week at its new home on Waihi Beach Road. This new location is very close to the original site which will mean excellent continuity of collected data.

The station is part of our network across the country, feeding data into our online Weather & Disease Portal to provide customised weather information, disease information and interpretations. If you haven’t already signed up to use the model you can do so on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
11 June 2020
Kill a large woolly nightshade in 60 seconds
11 June 2020
Shelterbelts need to be free of weeds that cause problems in the orchard.  KVH has regularly alerted orchardists to get rid of weeds such as moth plant, woolly nightshade and pampas, all...
Kill a large woolly nightshade in 60 seconds
11 June 2020

Shelterbelts need to be free of weeds that cause problems in the orchard. 

KVH has regularly alerted orchardists to get rid of weeds such as moth plant, woolly nightshade and pampas, all native to South America and hosts of the Australian insect passion vine hopper, which causes sooty mould to develop on fruit – a significant reject factor reducing kiwifruit orchard returns.

Woolly nightshade is easy to kill.  If your orchard is organic, use a tractor and snig chain to pull the entire plant from the ground. Use a spade to dig out seedlings or any broken off roots.

For non-organic properties, a short KVH video of the ‘cut and inject’ method can be seen here. This method is fast, effective, safe, and cheap.  Even a large 4m high woolly nightshade can be treated in about a minute – it will be dead two to eight weeks later (two weeks in summer and up to eight weeks in winter). 

Use a machete or tomahawk to make downward cuts around the entire circumference of the tree.  The cuts do not need to join up, but they do need to go all the way around the trunk and be as close to ground level as possible.  Using a stock syringe gun (or oil can), gently squirt 2 to 3mls of undiluted Glyphosate herbicide into the cuts.  The herbicide will translocate throughout the tree and in the winter, kill it within two months.

In some valleys adjacent to kiwifruit orchards there are forests of woolly nightshade.  Killing them standing up using the cut and inject method is best as you can easily move around the upright dead tree frames to pull seedlings. Providing you pull seedlings at six monthly intervals you will completely remove the woolly nightshade forest.  Think about planting the area in native plants or a tree crop to prevent other weeds from establishing.

If you require further advice about killing woolly nightshade or other weeds in or near kiwifruit orchards, contact John Mather at KVH (on 0800 665 825 or info@kvh.org.nz) or your local Regional Council. 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz