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Grower News
20 September 2018
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
20 September 2018
Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that pruning...
Reminder of pruning and tying down timeline
20 September 2018

Growers are reminded that one of the requirements within the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) is that orchards are pruned and tied down by 1 October yearly.  KVH is aware that pruning and tying down is still being completed on some orchards. If an orchardist or orchard manager thinks they are unlikely to meet the 1 October timeframe, contact KVH by email so that we are aware of your situation and can discuss and agree a way forward.

Biosecurity News
20 September 2018
Travelling overseas these school holidays?
20 September 2018
Kiwifruit growers travelling during the school break (starting next Friday 28 September) may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because Quarantine Officers...
Travelling overseas these school holidays?
20 September 2018

Kiwifruit growers travelling during the school break (starting next Friday 28 September) may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because Quarantine Officers consider occupation as part of their risk assessment, and growers could potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

Kiwifruit growers returning to New Zealand should:

  • Before packing, clean all risk items (e.g. shoes and equipment) that may have come into contact with any soil or plant material. Ideally use a sanitiser.
  • Declare any visits to an orchard or farm while overseas.
  • Declare or dispose of any risk goods on entry (e.g. food items).
  • Answer all questions honestly, even if it means a short delay getting through border clearance.

KVH has put together a useful one page fact sheet outlining everything growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home.

R&D News
20 September 2018
Psa research update videos
20 September 2018
Continuing the battle on kiwifruit vine disease Psa, Zespri’s innovation team and KVH hosted a Psa R&D update on 21 August 2018 which saw scientists share with growers and industry insights...
Psa research update videos
20 September 2018

Continuing the battle on kiwifruit vine disease Psa, Zespri’s innovation team and KVH hosted a Psa R&D update on 21 August 2018 which saw scientists share with growers and industry insights into their research on Psa. From the Plant and Food Research new cultivars and rootstocks programmes, through to a yeast-based biological for preventing Psa that is currently being assessed by government officials for its suitability for commercial release, it was a good opportunity for growers to hear the advances in this space.

Videos of each research update are shared on the Zespri Canopy website here.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Free orchard signage
20 September 2018
Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up-to-date. Orchard visitors,...
Free orchard signage
20 September 2018

Good biosecurity practice includes managing risk by restricting access to orchards. As part of this you should check contact details on your orchard gate signs are up-to-date.

Orchard visitors, harvest staff and contractors need to know and follow your hygiene requirements.

KVH has produced new signage highlighting the need for visitors to make contact before entering and the biosecurity risk posed by plant, vehicle and people movements. If you would like new signs, they are available free of charge from KVH by phoning 0800 665 825 or feel free to email us.

Protocols & Movement Controls
20 September 2018
Mandatory monitoring underway
20 September 2018
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring between now and Monday 15...
Mandatory monitoring underway
20 September 2018

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring between now and Monday 15 October, with results due to KVH by Wednesday 31 October. To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available here.

Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form. If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Whangarei grower meeting
20 September 2018
KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings and Biosecurity Manager, Matt Dyck will be hosting a Whangarei grower meeting Thursday 4 October to meet with growers and discuss a recent Psa positive result on a...
Whangarei grower meeting
20 September 2018

KVH Chief Executive, Stu Hutchings and Biosecurity Manager, Matt Dyck will be hosting a Whangarei grower meeting Thursday 4 October to meet with growers and discuss a recent Psa positive result on a third orchard (which is currently under investigation). They will also discuss a possible change in regional status and the plant movement pathway.

All Whangarei growers and post-harvest representatives are welcome to attend.

Where: A’Fare Function & Catering, 197 Lower Dent Street, Whangarei
When: Thursday 4 October 2018, 10.30am to 12.30pm, with coffee and savouries on arrival 

Biosecurity News
20 September 2018
MPI to get tough on stink bug ships
20 September 2018
With the support of KVH, biosecurity officials at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are promising to take tough action against cargo vessels believed to be infested with the Brown Marmorated...
MPI to get tough on stink bug ships
20 September 2018

With the support of KVH, biosecurity officials at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are promising to take tough action against cargo vessels believed to be infested with the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) during the upcoming risk season.

If an arriving ship is infested with stink bug it will be prevented from discharging its cargo and directed to leave New Zealand. There is a very low threshold for determining contamination – MPI says if a single bug is found they will thoroughly investigate whether the entire vessel is contaminated. 

As with previous stink bug seasons, there will also be increased surveillance and inspection of arriving vessels and cargo from countries with established stink bug populations. Read more about what’s being done to manage the BMSB risk, detailed in the last KVH Bulletin here.

Grower News
20 September 2018
Don't be afraid to report suspect finds
20 September 2018
We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result.  The sooner you...
Don't be afraid to report suspect finds
20 September 2018

We understand that reporting a potential biosecurity threat can create anxiety for some growers, who may worry about potential implications or movement controls that may result.  The sooner you alert us to anything unusual, the more we can do to help you. Early detection is key to eradication – if we don’t report and miss this window, any one of a number of unwanted pests could establish and be a challenge we have to deal with forever.

KVH has developed ’Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted’ information and fact sheets, which are available on the KVH website. While these organisms are considered the greatest potential threats to the kiwifruit industry, the next incursion we face could be another damaging pest or disease not yet on our radar. Look out for plants displaying any unusual symptoms and pests not commonly seen.

Biosecurity News
20 September 2018
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
20 September 2018
KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the 37th International Kiwifruit Organisation (IKO) meeting in France last week. Also attended by NZKGI and...
Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
20 September 2018

KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the 37th International Kiwifruit Organisation (IKO) meeting in France last week.

Also attended by NZKGI and Zespri representatives, the annual meeting provides an opportunity for international counterparts from countries where kiwifruit is grown to share news and opportunities. Stu provided an update about progress in managing Psa in New Zealand, some information regarding copper resistance and our approach to managing other biosecurity risks.

As part of the trip, Stu witnessed first-hand the devastation that recent hail, frosts and flooding had caused and the large amounts of Psa that subsequently developed in some orchards following this. He also saw Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) at many sites. These pests are starting to be found in larger numbers on kiwifruit orchards in both the south of France and northern Italy, with associated fruit damage and fruit drop occurring. This was especially prevalent where orchards were close to soya or maize crops.

More information about these visits will be provided at the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day to be held Thursday 18 October, as part of Biosecurity Week.

Biosecurity News
20 September 2018
Helping Boards respond to a biosecurity crisis
20 September 2018
Every Board must consider risk to their business, the impact it will have and how to mitigate it. But what happens when a risk has not been identified as significant and it hits? Biosecurity events...
Helping Boards respond to a biosecurity crisis
20 September 2018

Every Board must consider risk to their business, the impact it will have and how to mitigate it. But what happens when a risk has not been identified as significant and it hits? Biosecurity events have blindsided businesses over the years and the threats to our primary industries are increasing. These threats impact primary producers as well as their suppliers and customers.

How Boards can prepare for and react to crises of this nature was discussed last night at a Bay of Plenty Institute of Directors (IOD) panel event, specially put together to talk about biosecurity and why it is considered the number one risk to one of the largest sectors of our economy.

Facilitated by Graeme Marshall, Chairman of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee and KVH Director, the theme for the evening was around asking business leaders and Governance members in the room ‘do you know exactly how your business would respond to the next big biosecurity incursion and will you be able to make robust and quick decisions?’.

On the discussion panel was John Loughlin, who as Chairman of Zespri when Psa hit the kiwifruit industry (and now Chair of the Meat Industry Association dealing with Mycoplama bovis) said there are a broad range of potential biosecurity incursions and some are better understood than others, which is why preparation is key.

The same key point was echoed by Ian Proudfoot, Global Head of Agribusiness for KPMG New Zealand, who discussed his perspective on the huge potential for growth in agribusiness in this country and how that could be heavily affected by a biosecurity incursion if not appropriately managed.

Overall says Graeme, the audience had a practical lesson on good governance from leaders who have experienced major biosecurity incursions and know that it’s important to be ready from day one; to activate response or business continuity mechanisms immediately; and demonstrate leadership.

Read more about the IOD event and panel discussion here.

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New Zealand

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