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Company Notices
23 January 2020
Welcome to the new year
23 January 2020
Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still enjoying an extended break and taking advantage of the good weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and were able to enjoy the holiday...
Welcome to the new year
23 January 2020

Whether you’re back in the thick of it or still enjoying an extended break and taking advantage of the good weather, we hope you all had a merry Christmas and were able to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.

We look forward to working with you throughout the year to ensure our biosecurity system remains strong and we continue to keep damaging pests and diseases from reaching our orchards.

Protocols & Movement Controls
23 January 2020
Whangarei region status: Containment
23 January 2020
As of 20 January 2020, there are nine confirmed Psa positive orchards in Whangarei, affecting 15% of the region’s orchards and 22% of hectares. The current status of the whole region is...
Whangarei region status: Containment
23 January 2020

As of 20 January 2020, there are nine confirmed Psa positive orchards in Whangarei, affecting 15% of the region’s orchards and 22% of hectares. The current status of the whole region is Containment (there are no Controlled Area Notices applicable to this region).

Growing regions are classified as Exclusion, Containment or Recovery, based on the level of Psa infection. As such, no further considerations for change in status for the Whangarei region will be made until at least 35% of the region’s hectares are affected by Psa and the infection is widespread across the region. If these criteria are met, a meeting will be held with growers to discuss options before decisions are made by the KVH Board, taking into consideration KVH’s responsibilities and what is in the best interest of the region’s growers.

Although Whangarei is a Containment region, there are still a large number of Not Detected orchards and large areas where no Psa positive orchards have been confirmed. KVH has a responsibility under the National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) to growers to limit the spread of Psa into and within the region, and where possible to reduce the distribution of Psa. Movement control policies outlined in KVH protocols assist with these aims. The main ones are summarised below but there are also requirements in other KVH Protocols.

  • Harvest Bins: Post-harvest operators should be aware that there are restrictions around the movement of harvest bins into the region from the North Island Recovery region – dedicated and clearly identified bins are required. They must be sanitised and free of any kiwifruit plant material before being reused. These bins must not have been used in a Recovery region in the current season. KVH will audit this process. Refer to the KVH Protocol: Fruit Bins.
  • Nursery plants: All nursery plants must be sourced from nurseries with “full certification plants”  that are located in the Whangarei Containment region or an Exclusion region (South Island or Far North) as per the KVH Protocol: Nursery Stock and Propagation Material used by Nurseries.
  • Budwood: This can be sourced from within the same region from Not Detected orchards, or from Exclusion regions – but only from those who have registered with KVH as a budwood supplier and have met the requirements in the KVH Protocol: Budwood.
Biosecurity News
23 January 2020
Making use of the Psa risk model
23 January 2020
A reminder that KVH has an online video tutorial to guide growers through the Psa Risk Model. Developed as an online, weather-based decision support system, the model helps growers with orchard...
Making use of the Psa risk model
23 January 2020

A reminder that KVH has an online video tutorial to guide growers through the Psa Risk Model.

Developed as an online, weather-based decision support system, the model helps growers with orchard management in a Psa environment. It includes actual weather station data and weather forecast details to provide customised access to unique disease information and interpretations.

A map of all the weather stations available to the MetWatch tools within the model is available here.

Click
here to view the tutorial and click here to access the model. Please note, growers must register first – this is to protect the IP in the model and keep costs for the service down. If you haven’t already done so, please register now.

For quick and easy access to the model, when you log in using your email address and password, tick the ‘remember me’ box so that your computer remembers your details and you won’t have to enter them each time.

If you have any queries please contat KVH on 0800 665 825 or email us. We’re happy to help.

Biosecurity News
23 January 2020
New BMSB posters
23 January 2020
We have new stock of bright yellow A3 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) ID posters available. Contact us if you’d like some sent to you for the orchard surrounds, office, staffroom or anywhere...
New BMSB posters
23 January 2020

We have new stock of bright yellow A3 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) ID posters available. Contact us if you’d like some sent to you for the orchard surrounds, office, staffroom or anywhere else people are gathering and could benefit from being reminded about the importance of finding and reporting possible sightings of this unwanted bug.

The posters display the two easiest things to look out for (black and white banding on the antennae, and black and white banding on the sides of the abdomen) and the 0800 number for the pest and disease hotline.

Biosecurity News
23 January 2020
Hill Laboratories pricing change
23 January 2020
A reminder that Hill Laboratories has advised there will be a price increase for standard Psa tests from 1 February 2020. Current prices have been in place since 2011, but due to increased...
Hill Laboratories pricing change
23 January 2020

A reminder that Hill Laboratories has advised there will be a price increase for standard Psa tests from 1 February 2020.

Current prices have been in place since 2011, but due to increased operational costs this change is necessary. The cost of Psa testing will move from $65 to $85 per sample (+GST). Costs for testing under the KPCS nursery programme will remain unchanged.

Hill Laboratories kiwifruit Psa testing is carried out on Wednesdays - make sure your sample arrives before Wednesday morning to be included in the weeks testing.

 

Biosecurity News
23 January 2020
On the lookout for fruit fly
23 January 2020
There were two fruit fly finds at the border in November, neither of which were our highest-risk Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) or have required any response activity. One interception was of...
On the lookout for fruit fly
23 January 2020

There were two fruit fly finds at the border in November, neither of which were our highest-risk Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) or have required any response activity.

One interception was of Mediterranean Fruit Fly larvae in an apple, and the other was Oriental Fruit Fly larvae in rambutans (an exotic tropical fruit). Both were found in material seized from passengers.

You can read more in the latest monthly KVH fruit fly risk update (December), which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand.

KVH has also developed a helpful guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region, to allow for business continuity planning at orchard level. The guide is available on our website and can be downloaded here. Please contact us if you would like a copy printed and sent to you. 

Remember: the high-risk period for fruit flies runs through the summer months. Be vigilant, keep watch, and if you hear of someone who has accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand make sure it is reported and then appropriately destroyed (bagged and put in the rubbish is the best way, not composted).

Biosecurity News
23 January 2020
In the news
23 January 2020
Automotive and horticulture industries team up to stop stink bugs: KVH’s Chief Executive Stu Hutchings is working with the automotive industry to tackle the nasty Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs...
In the news
23 January 2020

Automotive and horticulture industries team up to stop stink bugs: KVH’s Chief Executive Stu Hutchings is working with the automotive industry to tackle the nasty Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB). Collaborative communication is key, with the Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) and KVH teams raising awareness of what to look out for and what to do if anyone suspects they have found the pest.

Is New Zealand armed for future biosecurity threats? A decade of significant biosecurity breaches have cost the New Zealand economy millions. Can our borders withstand modern pressures or are we even more at risk?

Spotted Lanternfly costing Pennsylvania $50m annually: The Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia that is one of the kiwifruit industry's biggest threats, and wreaking havoc on valuable trees and vines in the USA, is costing the Pennsylvania economy about $50 million and eliminating nearly 500 jobs each year.

Disease threatens Italy’s once booming olive oil industry: More than a third of olive oil in the USA comes from Italy, which has kept a longstanding reputation for quality. But the quantity of olive oil made in the south of Italy has been in sharp decline. Xylella fastidiosa - a disease not known to affect kiwifruit, but something the industry is closely following - has been attacking olive trees, decimating the industry and causing Italy to import olive oil for the first time.

Company Notices
23 January 2020
New KVH Associate Director
23 January 2020
The KVH Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Cody Bent to the Associate Director position on the KVH Board for a two-year term. The Associate Director role is a development opportunity...
New KVH Associate Director
23 January 2020

The KVH Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Cody Bent to the Associate Director position on the KVH Board for a two-year term.

The Associate Director role is a development opportunity for a kiwifruit industry future leader to join the KVH Board and gain experience in governance, leadership and strategy while bringing his/her own industry knowledge and experience to the Board table.  The Associate Director also has the opportunity to be mentored by an Industry Leader and a contribution towards their governance training.

This is a non-voting role however the Board seeks full participation in meetings and welcomes constructive contributions from the Associate Director in the workings of the Board.

KVH have run this programme since 2014 and Cody is the fourth Associate Director appointment.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz