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Biosecurity News
17 October 2019
No new fruit fly interceptions
17 October 2019
Latest border interception information on fruit flies has been published in the October KVH risk update, showing that our biggest threat – the Queensland Fruit Fly – hasn’t been...
No new fruit fly interceptions
17 October 2019

Latest border interception information on fruit flies has been published in the October KVH risk update, showing that our biggest threat – the Queensland Fruit Fly – hasn’t been found at all since the start of the high-risk season which was 1 September 2019.

The new risk update also details the national fruit fly surveillance programme, which involves almost 8,000 pheromone traps checked each fortnight; and an update on operational activities in the Auckland fruit fly response.

Biosecurity News
17 October 2019
Important time for Psa protection
17 October 2019
Cold snaps and windy wet weather have added to vine stress in the past month and for some Hayward growers the first signs of Psa leafspot and sepal infection are evident. These symptoms indicate...
Important time for Psa protection
17 October 2019

Cold snaps and windy wet weather have added to vine stress in the past month and for some Hayward growers the first signs of Psa leafspot and sepal infection are evident. These symptoms indicate infection has occurred in the previous 14 days, and application of Psa products is now important to avoid reinfection which can lead to further leafspot and flower-bud loss. 

On Hayward sites with historically high levels of Psa, monitor vines now and make decisions on pre-flower girdles. Correct application timing is 30 days before flowering.  Use the Psa Risk Model to determine low risk periods for girdling and be sure teams are well supervised and follow good tool hygiene.  

Take care to check young development blocks also as young plants are more susceptible and require ongoing proactive management. Consider bactericides in areas with high levels of infection.

Grower News
17 October 2019
Help us help you - take our survey
17 October 2019
We’re running a short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on and managing kiwifruit orchards. KVH is focused on raising awareness of good...
Help us help you - take our survey
17 October 2019

We’re running a short survey on biosecurity and hygiene practices among those who spend the most time working on and managing kiwifruit orchards.

KVH is focused on raising awareness of good biosecurity practices on-orchard and the benefits these can bring.  In doing this, we need help to learn more about the level of understanding of biosecurity amongst growers, what biosecurity practices are currently used on orchards and whether there are any common limitations to putting practices in place.

This survey will give us a clearer picture of where we can focus our efforts so that we’re better serving growers by providing the information and resources needed. The same survey is being undertaken by the avocado, passionfruit and forestry sectors so we can compare biosecurity perceptions across industries.

Your views are important – please take part (it will only take approximately five minutes to complete) and help us work together to protect New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from unwanted pest and disease threats. Complete the survey online.

The questions in the survey are all optional to answer and you will not be identified in any of the results.

Biosecurity News
17 October 2019
Check nearby pine blocks for wild kiwifruit
17 October 2019
Wild kiwifruit can readily establish in any scrub, native bush or forestry block close to producing orchards.  Over winter, birds sometimes feed on the few fruit missed by the picking team and...
Check nearby pine blocks for wild kiwifruit
17 October 2019

Wild kiwifruit can readily establish in any scrub, native bush or forestry block close to producing orchards. 

Over winter, birds sometimes feed on the few fruit missed by the picking team and spread the seed into nearby areas, especially those within 200 to 400 metres of the orchard.

Kiwifruit seems to prefer an association with pines and will germinate in the needle cast. Contractors record the numbers of plants controlled in various locations, and there are routinely four to five times as many wild kiwifruit seedlings in a pine block compared to native bush.  So, now is a good time to check that nearby forestry block for wild kiwifruit.  The bright emergent leaves are usually quite visible right now.

KVH and all regional councils work together to ensure that wild kiwifruit is destroyed wherever it occurs. Please report infestations to your local regional council biosecurity officer, or to KVH. A photo, map location, or GPS coordinates are extra helpful.

Image: A heavy infestation of wild kiwifruit in a pine block and coming into leaf during spring. This infestation is scheduled for destruction. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
17 October 2019
Reminder of orchard management requirements timeline
17 October 2019
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is to ensure that kiwifruit orchards meet required management standards. Any orchards...
Reminder of orchard management requirements timeline
17 October 2019

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is to ensure that kiwifruit orchards meet required management standards.

Any orchards unpicked and unpruned are in breach of KVH requirements that they be picked by 1 July; pruned and tied down (female vines) by 1 October yearly; and a crop protection product, effective against Psa applied at least yearly.

If you are aware of any unmanaged or abandoned kiwifruit orchards, please contact KVH. If an orchardist or orchard manager thinks they are unable to meet all requirements, contact KVH so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Grower News
17 October 2019
Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day
17 October 2019
We look forward to seeing those of you who have registered for the sold-out grower biosecurity day next week as part of the region’s Spotlight on Biosecurity events. Date: Wednesday 23 October...
Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day
17 October 2019

We look forward to seeing those of you who have registered for the sold-out grower biosecurity day next week as part of the region’s Spotlight on Biosecurity events.

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Location: Mount Surf Club, 21 Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui – Downstairs Function Room

The session will commence at 9.00am. Please allow plenty of time for parking and getting to the venue. Unfortunately, there is not any allocated parking, although you may park in the Surf Club carpark if there are spaces available.

Grower News
17 October 2019
Your free 2020 calendar
17 October 2019
If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2020 unwanted pest calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the...
Your free 2020 calendar
17 October 2019

If you or your organisation would like one of the fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2020 unwanted pest calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the Port of Tauranga) send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

We’ll also have the calendars at next weeks Biosecurity Week events so be sure to collect one if you’re coming along. 

Biosecurity News
17 October 2019
In the news
17 October 2019
First visa cancellation for biosecurity breach: Officials at Sydney International Airport have used new legislation to cancel a passenger’s visitor visa for the first time because of a serious...
In the news
17 October 2019

First visa cancellation for biosecurity breach: Officials at Sydney International Airport have used new legislation to cancel a passenger’s visitor visa for the first time because of a serious biosecurity breach. The passenger, a 45-year-old woman from Vietnam, had her visitor visa cancelled for failing to declare an extensive cache of food concealed in her luggage, including over 4.5 kilos of pork. 

Travellers returning from Rugby World Cup urged to look out for sneaky stink bug: New Zealanders travelling to the Rugby World Cup in Japan are being urged to keep an eye out for an unwanted hitchhiker which could devastate the agriculture industry. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is a major concern to primary industry groups because it can destroy fruit and vegetable crops and Biosecurity Minister, Damien O'Connor said with the high-risk season for the bug underway, biosecurity officials were on high alert to keep it out of the country.

Mount Maunganui 'could slide into the ocean' if myrtle rust kills pōhutakawa: There are grave concerns for the health of one of New Zealand's iconic maunga, or mountains, as the country struggles to stop the spread of myrtle rust. If the disease takes hold in the Bay of Plenty, the landscape may change forever says Carlton Bidois from the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital initiative.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz