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2 April 2020
Getting in touch while we work remotely
2 April 2020
Since the last Bulletin a lot has changed for us all - as growers, teams, businesses, and a nation. The Covid-19 situation is unprecedented and evolving by the day. We’re sure that each of you...
Getting in touch while we work remotely
2 April 2020

Since the last Bulletin a lot has changed for us all - as growers, teams, businesses, and a nation. The Covid-19 situation is unprecedented and evolving by the day. We’re sure that each of you have been focused on making the best possible decisions for your families, staff and businesses that ensure you all stay safe and align with our nationwide goal of slowing the spread.

As a food producer, the kiwifruit industry is considered an essential service under alert level 4 - as is biosecurity. This means that all parts of the industry, including KVH, continue to operate, albeit under enhanced conditions that include strict registration and hygiene protocols.

KVH staff are all working remotely and are available to provide assistance and advice – everyone’s contact details can be found here on our website (easily accessible from the home page anytime). 

You can also be assured that as it is classed as an essential service, biosecurity activity continues at the border and post-border. This means things like ongoing surveillance programmes, testing and trapping activities continue (with appropriate measures in place to protect people) as do our regular conversations with Biosecurity New Zealand. 

The team are in close contact with Government, Zespri and NZKGI ensuring we do all we can to ensure our people and industry are well supported. 

Biosecurity News
2 April 2020
Sanitisers and orchard hygiene
2 April 2020
Growers are reminded that by following Psa best practice orchard hygiene during harvest they may well be protecting themselves and workers against Covid-19. For example, plain Janola (unscented) at...
Sanitisers and orchard hygiene
2 April 2020

Growers are reminded that by following Psa best practice orchard hygiene during harvest they may well be protecting themselves and workers against Covid-19.

For example, plain Janola (unscented) at 1% if used on picking bags to kill Psa has also been shown to inactivate coronaviruses within a minute (read the science article here). Not all sanitisers have been proven to be effective against coronavirus but Janola is a simple and easily available product which can also be used to disinfect tractor steering wheels and gear levers if these are being used by multiple people. Nuron Biosafe, being a sodium hypochlorite product, is also effective against coronavirus and suited to organic and conventional orchards alike. Refer to the KVH website for more information on harvest hygiene and sanitiser effectiveness.

The NZKGI website has information on industry protocols specifically for Covid-19.

Biosecurity News
2 April 2020
Latest BMSB finds
2 April 2020
Since the start of the high-risk season in September there have been 57 stink bugs found, a third of what was found at this time last season. Over the last few weeks there haven’t been any...
Latest BMSB finds
2 April 2020

Since the start of the high-risk season in September there have been 57 stink bugs found, a third of what was found at this time last season.

Over the last few weeks there haven’t been any Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) found at the border, and only one found post-border, near a surveillance trap. There was an investigation with no further sign of any insects.

More detail can be read in the latest monthly KVH BMSB risk update, which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about activities involving KVH to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for and respond to this unwanted pest.

As part of readiness planning for this pest and what would happen if eradication attempts were unsuccessful, KVH has also produced a new grower guide with information about likely long-term management options on-orchard. Read more about the new guide here.

Remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual to KVH on 0800 665 825 or the Biosecurity New Zealand pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66. 

Grower News
2 April 2020
Coronavirus news hub for the kiwifruit industry
2 April 2020
A reminder that up-to-date information about Coronavirus is available on the NZKGI website. The page has been set up to make it easier for people across the kiwifruit industry to get updates and...
Coronavirus news hub for the kiwifruit industry
2 April 2020

A reminder that up-to-date information about Coronavirus is available on the NZKGI website.

The page has been set up to make it easier for people across the kiwifruit industry to get updates and resources on Covid-19 for all things kiwifruit related, such as pastoral care information and contacts, an overview of the governments financial package for packhouses, packhouse/contractors and orchard owners and employees, as well as information from Zespri on food safety.

Visit the page
here and if you are also a Facebook user, we suggest also following the Unite against Covid-19 Facebook page launched by Government to provide news and updates about the national programme to  help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Biosecurity News
2 April 2020
Kiwifruit industry stands out in surveillance stats
2 April 2020
The latest Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Surveillance magazine has just been published, providing new facts and figures about biosecurity surveillance, and the health status of New Zealand's...
Kiwifruit industry stands out in surveillance stats
2 April 2020

The latest Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Surveillance magazine has just been published, providing new facts and figures about biosecurity surveillance, and the health status of New Zealand's animal and plant populations. 

From October to December last year MPI Plant Health Incursion Investigators received 369 notifications. Of significance was the 60 suspected Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) cases that were reported, where investigations were opened because the bug couldn’t be ruled out initially. The good news is that 40 of these reports were negative for BMSB – the other 20 were post-border positive reports and urgent measures were undertaken by MPI to mitigate the risk.

Of great credit to the kiwifruit industry is the noticeable number of reports through to MPI for suspect BMSB by individuals from within our industry. General surveillance through the public remains a cornerstone of biosecurity within New Zealand and these reports are important as finding BMSB early is vital for a successful eradication response, ultimately protecting our industry form one of our most unwanted pests.

The BMSB high-risk season continues through until the end of April, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled (it’s a hitchhiker pest and even with our current border restrictions in place there is still a risk any returning travellers could unwittingly bring it with them) and if you see anything unusual that you suspect could be BMSB, be sure to catch it and get in touch us at KVH on 0800 665 825 or call the MPI hotline on 0800 665 825. 

You can view the new edition of the Surveillance magazine online here.

Biosecurity News
2 April 2020
New grower guide for long-term management of BMSB
2 April 2020
KVH has developed a helpful new guide for growers, detailing the likely options for on-orchard management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) should it establish here.   The guide is split...
New grower guide for long-term management of BMSB
2 April 2020

KVH has developed a helpful new guide for growers, detailing the likely options for on-orchard management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) should it establish here.  

The guide is split into several different sections and covers:

·        likely impacts to fruit and orchards

·        expected seasonal timing of impacts

·        on-orchard management and control tools such as exclusion netting and biological control

·        supporting tools such as traps

·        areas of research underway.  

The information in the guide is based on current research findings and should be treated as guidance as knowledge will advance over time. An initial response to BMSB will be managed by Biosecurity New Zealand, with shared decision making by the BMSB Council – of which KVH is a member – and development of response plans will be established separately to this on-orchard longer term guide.

The guide has been added to the BMSB section of the KVH website and can be downloaded here.

Biosecurity News
2 April 2020
KPCS changes ensure biosecurity risk is managed
2 April 2020
With biosecurity being an essential service and KVH continuing to operate, staff are working from home to maintain social distancing and will only be venturing out where it is absolutely necessary,...
KPCS changes ensure biosecurity risk is managed
2 April 2020

With biosecurity being an essential service and KVH continuing to operate, staff are working from home to maintain social distancing and will only be venturing out where it is absolutely necessary, in order to help keep nursery operators and our staff safe.

For the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), we have an approach that we feel strikes the right balance of managing biosecurity risk, supporting the government’s Covid-19 efforts, and supporting nurseries to maintain their business of getting plants to growers this season. 

KVH has suspended collection of nursery leaf samples for KPCS testing while the country is at alert level 4. Over 85% of nurseries have already been sampled and tested and if possible, we will resume sampling the remainder when the restrictions lift, and leaves are in good health.

To keep people safe, KVH and our auditors AsureQuality will avoid KPCS site audits during the level 4 lockdown period. Nurseries whose certification is due to expire during this period may have their annual audits postponed or completed as a desktop audit by phone with follow up site visits later in the year. Where necessary, KVH will endeavour to ensure that all nurseries receive an independent visit, either for sampling or audit if not both. KVH has requested that nurseries are transparent with growers and note on the dispatch record if there have been deviations from the normal KPCS testing or audit protocol.

Biosecurity News
2 April 2020
Keeping OnSide with on-orchard requirements
2 April 2020
Traceability is a key pillar of biosecurity and readers of this Bulletin will be aware this has been a particular focus for KVH over the last few years. We are continually looking for ways to make...
Keeping OnSide with on-orchard requirements
2 April 2020

Traceability is a key pillar of biosecurity and readers of this Bulletin will be aware this has been a particular focus for KVH over the last few years. We are continually looking for ways to make this easier for growers and the wider industry and have been investigating digital platforms such as OnSide, an app that was originally developed for health and safety but has growing biosecurity functionality as well.

Many kiwifruit post-harvest organisations, contractors and growers are now using the OnSide app to manage health and safety risks on-orchard, and more recently to ensure awareness of Covid-19 requirements and digitally monitor who is coming and going from their orchards. This is a platform that KVH will look to build on for our on-orchard biosecurity requirements in the future, as an option to simplify what biosecurity requirements are required when entering and leaving a property.

OnSide has a free version of the app here that allows you to:

·        remotely see who is on your property in real time via your phone
·        communicate your rules and requirements to anyone that checks into your property
·        chat to your visitors through the OnSide app without being face to face
·        report on who has been on your property, when they were there and for how long.

Below is an example of how OnSide is being used with Covid-19 messaging, a similar approach that could be adopted in any biosecurity response (there’s also a short video available
here that shows how these messages can be set up).


Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz