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Biosecurity News
16 April 2020
The borders are closed but has our biosecurity risk gone away?
16 April 2020
KVH is calling upon growers to ensure that on-orchard biosecurity for kiwifruit pests and pathogens is not forgotten and most importantly to keep an eye out for any unusual vine symptoms during...
The borders are closed but has our biosecurity risk gone away?
16 April 2020

KVH is calling upon growers to ensure that on-orchard biosecurity for kiwifruit pests and pathogens is not forgotten and most importantly to keep an eye out for any unusual vine symptoms during harvest and report these to KVH for follow up. If an incursion were to occur now - while the country is facing an unprecedented human health and economic challenge - the impact could be severe.

While borders are closed, cruise ships berthed, and incoming trade a trickle of its usual volume, biosecurity risk still exists, especially from the spread of kiwifruit pathogens that may already be here in their latent (not showing symptoms) form. Coronavirus has clearly illustrated the challenge of managing pathogens during the latency period, where they can spread silently between asymptomatic hosts. The same logic applies to plant pathogens except the latent phase can be much longer than 14 days and extend out to months or even years.

For some of our most significant threats like Ceratocystis fimbriata, the pathogen impacting kiwifruit in Brazil, we don’t even know how long the latency period in kiwifruit is but we look to other hosts like Eucalypts where it is thought to be about seven months for new plantings. Our challenge is to apply biosecurity practices all the time so that if this or any other pathogen were to arrive, we wouldn’t be spreading it around unknowingly.

We can’t afford to lock down plant material movements, these underpin the growth of our industry. But, by applying certification standards and embedding biosecurity practices across the plant production chain we can increase our confidence that these movements are safe. Should failures occur, we need robust traceability systems to know where infected material may have gone and where it came from originally. These are some of the key principles behind the proposed pathway plan (click here to read the latest Bulletin article about this) to ensure safe movements of risk goods across our internal industry pathways.

Underpinning all these principles is the need for growers to report any unusual vine symptoms so that KVH and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) can follow up and undertake diagnostic testing. Growers should take reassurance that in almost all such cases there is no cost to the grower and no resulting restrictions that impact their operation. Even if a response was to be launched the grower would likely be eligible for any losses under the Biosecurity Act.

The earlier we detect the presence of a new biosecurity threat the earlier we can act to contain it, which gives us the very best shot at eradication.

To report anything unusual call KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.  

Biosecurity News
16 April 2020
No new fruit flies found
16 April 2020
We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies, with close monitoring and site trapping continuing. Latest data from Biosecurity New Zealand includes great news – there were no...
No new fruit flies found
16 April 2020

We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies, with close monitoring and site trapping continuing.

Latest data from Biosecurity New Zealand includes great news – there were no fruit fly detections in New Zealand in March. Our closest neighbours, Australia, do have a couple of new responses underway however which proves the risk of flies/larvae getting here is never too far away. You can read more in the April KVH risk update here.

Remember to be vigilant, keep watch, and report anything unusual to either KVH on 0800 665 825 or Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66.

Biosecurity News
16 April 2020
Pest page up and running
16 April 2020
There’s a new Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) web page on the KVH website, containing all you need to know about one of kiwifruit’s most unwanted pests. The page includes images, video, fact...
Pest page up and running
16 April 2020

There’s a new Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) web page on the KVH website, containing all you need to know about one of kiwifruit’s most unwanted pests.

The page includes images, video, fact sheets and SLF reference material to help growers understand the risk this pest poses to the industry and how to identify it (or its eggs).

One of the most recent publications now available via the page is a KVH summary of the latest Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) SLF pest risk analysis, which assesses likely entry pathways, the chances of establishment and spread, and surveillance and management options. The brief and easy-to-read summary is available here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
16 April 2020
Progression of new Pathway Management Plan
16 April 2020
Late last year, KVH announced to growers that we were starting to look at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry, and asked for feedback on our early,...
Progression of new Pathway Management Plan
16 April 2020

Late last year, KVH announced to growers that we were starting to look at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry, and asked for feedback on our early, high-level thoughts about specific activities the Plan will help manage, and how it will be put into action. A key driver was to ensure that we have measures in place to prevent the spread of a broad range of biosecurity threats, rather than our current regulation, which is specific to a single organism, Psa.

The feedback we have had so far has been supportive, with growers and industry considering the concept of the Plan a logical and sensible way to manage biosecurity risk going forward, especially if this can be achieved without an increase in cost to growers.

Development of the Plan is advancing well. A detailed draft has been prepared and we continue to work with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to ensure it aligns with over-arching biosecurity legislation and regulations. We expect that a full plan and implementation schedule will be shared mid-year for your input before it is finalised.   

A one-page summary about the proposed new framework can be found here and feedback about the proposed Plan can be provided to KVH by email at info@kvh.org.nz or by phone at 0800 665 825.

More information, including a detailed consultation paper and submission form are also 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