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Protocols & Movement Controls
16 May 2019
Budwood registration and supply
16 May 2019
KVH best practice advice is to source budwood from your own orchard wherever possible to reduce the likelihood of spreading Psa or other pathogens. If this is not possible, the growers who are...
Budwood registration and supply
16 May 2019

KVH best practice advice is to source budwood from your own orchard wherever possible to reduce the likelihood of spreading Psa or other pathogens.

If this is not possible, the growers who are supplying budwood off their orchard need to register annually with KVH and complete a Budwood Risk Management Plan.

Requirements for budwood suppliers are detailed in the KVH Protocol: Budwood, and include a requirement to monitor the budwood collection area and tag any vines that are showing any symptoms or are not healthy.

Budwood should not be collected from material left on the ground after pruning as this may mean that wood from unhealthy vines is distributed to other orchards, resulting in disease transfer.

It is important to maintain traceability - growers need to record all material moving off and onto their orchard. This will help with disease or pest containment in the event of a new incursion.  

Protocols & Movement Controls
16 May 2019
Movement of mature plants
16 May 2019
Growers may wish to move mature kiwifruit plants from areas where they have double planted. The movement of plant material is considered a high-risk pathway for the transmission of unwanted...
Movement of mature plants
16 May 2019

Growers may wish to move mature kiwifruit plants from areas where they have double planted.

The movement of plant material is considered a high-risk pathway for the transmission of unwanted organisms and therefore it is important that any such movements are given careful consideration and that appropriate measures are implemented to mitigate risk.

Please contact KVH (0800 665 825 or info@kvh.org.nz) well in advance if you wish to move any mature kiwifruit vines between properties.

Biosecurity News
16 May 2019
Stinky pest thwarted
16 May 2019
The BMSB Council (a group of horticulture-wide organisations who have come together to help stop the damaging hitchhiker making a home here) have reminded the public of the production and lifestyle...
Stinky pest thwarted
16 May 2019

The BMSB Council (a group of horticulture-wide organisations who have come together to help stop the damaging hitchhiker making a home here) have reminded the public of the production and lifestyle impacts of BMSB and the work being done to keep it from establishing here.

The Council – which includes KVH – released a media statement outlining the significant progress industry groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have made towards mitigating the potential catastrophic damage of a BMSB incursion, reminding people to be on the lookout over the winter months, and encouraging public reports of anything unusual.

Read the release here. 

Biosecurity News
16 May 2019
Snakes on a plane: flying snake, live python caught at border
16 May 2019
A flying snake and carpet python were among the rising number of reptiles that biosecurity staff seized at our borders. This included two of the world's most poisonous snakes – a tiger...
Snakes on a plane: flying snake, live python caught at border
16 May 2019

A flying snake and carpet python were among the rising number of reptiles that biosecurity staff seized at our borders. This included two of the world's most poisonous snakes – a tiger snake and a banded sea krait – along with different species of lizards and a turtle. Read more.

Biosecurity News
16 May 2019
Step-up in Northcote fruit fly response
16 May 2019
On Saturday it was announced another Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found within the current Northcote controlled area, bringing the total to eight over the past three and half...
Step-up in Northcote fruit fly response
16 May 2019

On Saturday it was announced another Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) has been found within the current Northcote controlled area, bringing the total to eight over the past three and half months.

Biosecurity New Zealand is stepping up on the ground efforts in the suburb, including placing bait on fruit trees to attract and kill adult flies, in particular females. The current restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables remain in place and trapping and the collection of fallen fruit in some of the controlled area will continue.


While it is concerning there has been another detection, it still doesn’t tell us that there is a breeding population. What it does is raises the potential that QFF remain in the area, albeit at very low levels.

KVH continues to be closely involved in the running of the response as a member of the decision-making Governance Group, and as an industry we continue to help with on the ground activities via the KiwiNet group.

Read the full announcement from Saturday here.

Biosecurity News
16 May 2019
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
16 May 2019
Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July. Unpicked fruit can increase the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native bush or...
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
16 May 2019

Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July.

Unpicked fruit can increase the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native bush or forestry as fruit ripening over the winter months provides a food source for birds. Birds spread seed through their droppings, together with a small fertiliser package. A proportion of this seed can readily germinate.

Unmanaged kiwifruit vines, including those with unpicked fruit, may also be a potential host for plant disease organisms.

Unpicked fruit needs to be dropped to the ground and mulched. This prevents mass-feeding by birds over an extended period.

Under the National Psa Pest Management Plan (NPMP) it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July each year.  After this date KVH will follow-up reports of unpicked fruit with orchard owners and post-harvest companies.

Biosecurity News
16 May 2019
Psa protection
16 May 2019
The Psa Risk Model predicts low-risk weather for most regions into next week, providing growers with a great opportunity to apply all-important post-harvest coppers. Where there is no risk of...
Psa protection
16 May 2019

The Psa Risk Model predicts low-risk weather for most regions into next week, providing growers with a great opportunity to apply all-important post-harvest coppers.

Where there is no risk of drift to unharvested blocks, Actigard should also be applied to strengthen protection into the leaf-fall period. Most canopies are still in good condition with ample green leaves to absorb Actigard (see image below) but the window of opportunity for this product will close as leaves deteriorate and more frosts occur.
 



Advice is to also monitor blocks for evidence of Psa and check young plants and girdled vines for evidence of Psa symptoms. Focus on more Psa prone areas of the orchard first, and mark affected vines to prompt the removal of infections through winter. Flag possible hot spot areas and use this information to create winter pruning strategies, and spring monitoring.


KVH has this week received calls from growers who are seeing red exudate on girdles indicating Psa risk is still out there. Good proactive management will minimise orchard risk going forward.

R&D News
16 May 2019
New research published
16 May 2019
Scientific research publications that drive KVH policies and management advice are added to our website as they are finalised. Growers are encouraged to look them up and have a browse of the many...
New research published
16 May 2019

Scientific research publications that drive KVH policies and management advice are added to our website as they are finalised. Growers are encouraged to look them up and have a browse of the many different reports we make available.

Over recent weeks the following reports have been added:

·         Advancing EMix: The efficacy of Emix against Psa is dose dependent, withe results in this study showing that higher concentrations of Emix are required to control Psa in more complex environments.

·         Pest reviews: looking at the biology, distribution, impacts and management of Spotted Lanternfly, South American fruit fly, BMSB, Fruit piercing moth, and White Peach Scale. Reviews also provided information of potential control options for kiwifruit growers in New Zealand.

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