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Biosecurity News
29 April 2021
Pathway Plan submitted
29 April 2021
After a two-week review period, KVH has submitted the proposal for a kiwifruit National Pathway Management Plan to Government. Thank you again to everyone for taking part in the development of the...
Pathway Plan submitted
29 April 2021

After a two-week review period, KVH has submitted the proposal for a kiwifruit National Pathway Management Plan to Government.

Thank you again to everyone for taking part in the development of the Plan, and for sharing your thoughts on the proposal. We received useful feedback during the consultation phases in 2019 and 2020, which resulted in changes and a refined proposal that we believe is a robust plan for the management of biosecurity risk while also being pragmatic and practical.

The extensive formal proposal document (and a shorter summary of the feedback and submissions received during the consultation period and the changes that were made as a result) remains available for reference on the KVH website.

From here, it is likely that the parliamentary process (where the proposal is assessed and approved by the Minister for Biosecurity, based on official’s advice) will take approximately 12 months. KVH will continue to work alongside growers and industry to prepare for implementation of the proposal from 1 April 2022, including developing materials and hosting workshops for all.

If you have any questions about the Plan or the next steps, please get in touch by phoning 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

Protocols & Movement Controls
29 April 2021
Moving budwood
29 April 2021
Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly those with new licences cutting over to new varieties and/or putting in new plantings. As plant...
Moving budwood
29 April 2021

Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly those with new licences cutting over to new varieties and/or putting in new plantings.

As plant material movements present a high-risk of disease transfer, growers are reminded to follow all KVH requirements if sending, receiving, or transferring budwood between KPINs.

Best practice, if possible, is to source budwood from your own orchard. If this is not possible, be sure to check requirements in the KVH Protocol: budwood and ensure that any budwood movements have traceability records taken and retained.

KVH movement controls vary depending on the Psa status of the orchard, and regions that the budwood is moving into and out of.  Requirements include that all suppliers of budwood must register with KVH before the first budwood collection of the year and supply a copy of their Psa-V Risk Management Plan.

Movement of infected material is not permitted, and budwood must not be transferred from a Recovery region to an Exclusion region (the South Island or the Far North). If you are unsure of the rules for your situation or have any queries, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

KVH will investigate any reports of budwood movements that do not meet requirements.

Biosecurity News
29 April 2021
Trans-Tasman travel on the cards?
29 April 2021
The Trans-Tasman bubble is open, which means new ads are popping up in airports across Australia reminding travellers of New Zealand’s strict biosecurity requirements. It’s been a while...
Trans-Tasman travel on the cards?
29 April 2021

The Trans-Tasman bubble is open, which means new ads are popping up in airports across Australia reminding travellers of New Zealand’s strict biosecurity requirements.

It’s been a while since most of us have travelled internationally, so if you’re going overseas, don’t forget to clean your shoes and check your bags for fruit or other biosecurity risk items when you return to New Zealand. If you have anything, chuck it in the bin or declare it to avoid a $400 fine.

If you have any visitors coming to your place – especially your orchard – be sure to remind them too.

KVH has put together a useful poster outlining what kiwifruit growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what you can expect when returning through border control (if you happen to be travelling at this time). We can print the poster for you and send it out to you if you like – contact us at info@kvh.org.nz with postal details. 

Biosecurity News
29 April 2021
The impact of Psa seared into the mind
29 April 2021
Psa was first identified in New Zealand just over 10 years ago, in November 2020, and what followed was one of the most tumultuous times in the history of the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. In...
The impact of Psa seared into the mind
29 April 2021

Psa was first identified in New Zealand just over 10 years ago, in November 2020, and what followed was one of the most tumultuous times in the history of the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

In honour of this anniversary KVH has commissioned and just released a keepsake booklet which captures some of the stories from the early days of Psa.  While many growers would prefer to forget these harrowing days, capturing these stories and the lessons from our past experiences is important to improve our preparedness for future incursions and share these lessons with others. Read the tales from the April 2021 special book release of reflections from the kiwifruit industry’s biggest biosecurity response and recovery here.

If you’re a subscriber to the Kiwifruit Journal, you’ll also receive a printed copy in the latest edition (April/May) in the post now.

We are extremely grateful for the generous sponsorship and support from the many organisations that contributed to the production of the booklet, and those who have been willing to share their stories. 

Biosecurity News
29 April 2021
BMSB caught
29 April 2021
We’re still in the high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and there have been a couple of finds over the last few weeks, proving we can never let our guard down. A live BMSB...
BMSB caught
29 April 2021

We’re still in the high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and there have been a couple of finds over the last few weeks, proving we can never let our guard down.

A live BMSB was found at a transitional facility in Auckland, in tiles from Italy, and a dead bug was found in a returnee’s managed isolation hotel room. Both events were thoroughly investigated with no further BMSB detected.

The total number of live BMSB found this season is now 48 – compared to 57 at the same point in the previous season. 

Read more in the latest BMSB risk update, produced by KVH each month. It includes data about detections, explains the range of activities and actions underway by industry and Biosecurity New Zealand to manage risk, and details our preparedness activities.

Biosecurity News
29 April 2021
Fun Fact
29 April 2021
100 million …. read that again …. 100 million! That’s approximately how many insects are being used throughout South Australia to help eradicate unwanted fruit flies. The...
Fun Fact
29 April 2021

100 million …. read that again …. 100 million! That’s approximately how many insects are being used throughout South Australia to help eradicate unwanted fruit flies.

The Riverland region (about three hours’ drive from Adelaide) is ‘under siege’ and battling numerous outbreaks of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF), which could cost local farmers and communities millions of dollars. In metropolitan Adelaide, as well as QFF, they are battling 10 cases of Mediterranean Fruit Fly outbreaks, covering more than 310 suburbs.

Releasing sterile fruit flies is part of eradication efforts, aimed at ending the life cycle of wild flies.

The technique involves the breeding and sterilisation of male fruit flies with an x-ray before they are released into an area with a wild population. Once the sterile male flies are released in an infested area, they mate with wild female fruit flies which eventually become outnumbered and die out.

Currently, officials are releasing around a few million flies per week as part of a six-week programme which will then be reviewed and increased if needs be.

KVH supports collaborative sterile QFF research activities that are underway between New Zealand and Australia as an integral component of our readiness activities for one of the kiwifruit industry’s most unwanted threats. Read more on our fruit flies web page.

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