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Biosecurity News
21 March 2019
Auckland fruit fly detections update
21 March 2019
Two further male Queensland Fruit Flies (QFF) were found in Northcote last week, bringing the total to six. One of the new finds was inside the current Zone A and the other was in Zone B. The latest...
Auckland fruit fly detections update
21 March 2019

Two further male Queensland Fruit Flies (QFF) were found in Northcote last week, bringing the total to six. One of the new finds was inside the current Zone A and the other was in Zone B.

The latest finds mean an expansion of Zone A in Northcote and associated restrictions on the movement of fruit, vegetables and green waste. It also means an increase in operational response activities. Teams on the ground have been removing fallen fruit from backyards, inspecting compost bins and placing bait on fruit trees to attract and kill adult flies, in particular females.

The bait is made up of a protein to attract adult fruit flies and a very low concentration of insecticide to kill the flies. It’s similar to how people bait wasps in their backyards. The baits are toxic to fruit flies. Every precaution is taken to make sure the baits are safe around people and animals.

There have been no further finds of QFF in Devonport since the only find there on Thursday 14 February. However, because of the proximity to Northcote, movement controls and trapping have continued – this will reconsidered within the next few days.

No further Facialis fruit fly have been found in Otara (three in total have been found here).

Kiwifruit growers should talk to their post-harvest providers if they have any questions about what the impacts to them might be due to movement controls or export restrictions.

If you require support you can contact NZKGI or visit their website to learn more about the support network available.

·         Read more about the Controlled Area Notices and Export Restriction Zones 

·         Find out more about the QFF and see photos

·         Find out more about the Facialis fruit fly and see photos

Biosecurity News
21 March 2019
Latest unwanted finds
21 March 2019
The latest fruit fly and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk updates have been published on the KVH website. As well as the finds in Auckland, the fruit fly update details detections at the...
Latest unwanted finds
21 March 2019

The latest fruit fly and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) risk updates have been published on the KVH website.

As well as the finds in Auckland, the fruit fly update details detections at the border, the national fruit fly surveillance programme, and recent international responses to this unwanted pest.

The BMSB update includes latest interception and surveillance information, and an update about ongoing work alongside Australian officials to align activities.

KVH risk updates are published every month.

Biosecurity News
21 March 2019
Biosecurity training piloted
21 March 2019
A small group of around 20 came together at a trial workshop last week to learn more about the importance of on-orchard biosecurity and how good plans can manage the threat posed by unwanted...
Biosecurity training piloted
21 March 2019

A small group of around 20 came together at a trial workshop last week to learn more about the importance of on-orchard biosecurity and how good plans can manage the threat posed by unwanted biosecurity threats.

A mix of growers, crop monitoring and management staff, biosecurity personnel, and technical advisors from across the kiwifruit and avocado industries took part in discussions about practical actions and concepts that can be put in place day-to-day to monitor, assess, and mitigate risk.

Participants worked through how to develop their own biosecurity best practice checklist detailing what they currently do, what could be done better, and the priority for implementing improvements, including thinking about how to incorporate biosecurity activity in to systems already in place (for Health & Safety for example) instead of creating new ones.

Pilot workshops are based on the biosecurity micro-credential programme and are taking place across horticulture. The Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO), together with the horticulture industry, has developed the micro-credential - a short, focused piece of learning - to enhance industry biosecurity capability. It covers biosecurity principles, on-farm practices, and an assessment component, and has been developed under the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) framework, targeting grower owner-operators and supervisors/managers. 

Company Notices
21 March 2019
We're on the move
21 March 2019
It’s all go in the KVH office at the moment as we prepare for our big shift to the new Zespri premises where we will be located from Monday 1 April. If you’re popping in to meet with us...
We're on the move
21 March 2019

It’s all go in the KVH office at the moment as we prepare for our big shift to the new Zespri premises where we will be located from Monday 1 April.

If you’re popping in to meet with us you’ll see our reception area at our new street address, 25 Miro Street (the back of the Zespri building, near the corner of Matai St).

All our other address details remain the same, as do our contact phone numbers.

Biosecurity News
21 March 2019
Samurai Wasp says 'smell ya later, stink bug'
21 March 2019
We came across a new and interesting video last week about Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the biological control option provided by the Samurai Wasp. Made by a science education website in...
Samurai Wasp says 'smell ya later, stink bug'
21 March 2019

We came across a new and interesting video last week about Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the biological control option provided by the Samurai Wasp.

Made by a science education website in the USA, the video explains (with fantastic, close-up video footage) the damage BMSB can do to crops and homes. The video and accompanying article also describe the work underway by scientists in Oregon – where the Samurai Wasp has settled – to learn more about how they can be used as a biocontrol tool.

In August 2018, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) made a formal decision approving the release of the tiny Samurai Wasp into New Zealand, if ever there is an incursion of BMSB. Permission to release the wasp is subject to a number of strict controls that will dictate when, where, and by whom it can be released. Read more about the application made to the EPA and the Samurai Wasp on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
21 March 2019
Keep the reports coming
21 March 2019
We often get phone calls and emails from growers and members of the public who think they may have found an unusual disease symptom, or a pest from our most unwanted list. This is a good thing...
Keep the reports coming
21 March 2019

We often get phone calls and emails from growers and members of the public who think they may have found an unusual disease symptom, or a pest from our most unwanted list.

This is a good thing – it’s exactly the type of behaviour we want to see as it shows people are on the lookout and aware of not just biosecurity risk in general, but also of the look and size of the organisms that are considered the highest risk to the kiwifruit industry.

With the recent fruit fly detections in Auckland and a lot of people on orchards for harvest, we’re getting an increased number of reports and emails almost every day (thankfully, they’ve all been of things that are either native and or established and not of any further concern).

The message remains the same for growers, contractors and anyone else on-orchard: stay vigilant, be on the lookout, and report anything unusual. Please take a photo (very rarely will we need to see the actual specimen) of what you find and email us so we can have a look at it for you, or use the new Find-A-Pest App that is currently being trialled.

Recent reports of unusual symptoms reported and investigated to KVH are also available online. This information is provided to help growers identify similar symptoms they may be seeing on their own properties.

Don’t be afraid to report any suspect finds – the sooner you alert us the more we can do to help.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz