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Biosecurity News
3 May 2018
The new Biosecurity New Zealand
3 May 2018
KVH attended the launch of Biosecurity New Zealand earlier this week. It is one of four new business units created within the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to provide a stronger focus on...
The new Biosecurity New Zealand
3 May 2018

KVH attended the launch of Biosecurity New Zealand earlier this week.

It is one of four new business units created within the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to provide a stronger focus on key areas of work.

At the launch, Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor said pest incursions and disease outbreaks threaten our biodiversity and with increasing pressures such as growing trade, more visitors from abroad, and climate change challenges, we need a greater focus on biosecurity.

KVH works closely with MPI and advocates strongly for the kiwifruit industry in the development of legislation, policies, and standards; and in readiness and response planning. We look forward to continuing this working relationship with what is now a single point of accountability and leadership.

We particularly note the Ministers comments that the change brings together some 900 MPI staff which we agree will help provide the resources and people-power (alongside industry groups like KVH) to protect our country from biosecurity threats and respond quickly to any outbreaks.

In addition, a 25-strong biosecurity intelligence unit has been announced, which will track dangerous insects here and overseas and prepare this country’s defences in advance. This aligns with the work KVH has been leading on behalf of the kiwifruit industry to ensure preparedness for incursions from the likes of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and fruit flies and provides more resource and knowledge that we can tap into.

Read more about the changes here.

Biosecurity News
3 May 2018
Last chance for submissions: importing Actinidia plants
3 May 2018
Growers have until 5pm Friday (tomorrow) to provide feedback to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the proposed Import Health Standard for Actinidia plants for planting. The Standard sets...
Last chance for submissions: importing Actinidia plants
3 May 2018

Growers have until 5pm Friday (tomorrow) to provide feedback to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the proposed Import Health Standard for Actinidia plants for planting.

The Standard sets out the proposed import requirements for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture), imported into New Zealand for further propagation. This pathway has not been active since 2013 because of the Psa incursion.

KVH is making a submission on behalf of the industry and as part of that we’re engaging with experts in the science community in New Zealand and internationally to ensure we have specific technical advice available on the risks of what is being proposed. We’ll keep you fully informed before any decisions are made on the outcome of this pathway.

KVH recognises the importation of new kiwifruit material is an important component in maintaining the competitive advantage of our industry, however the risk of introducing new biosecurity threats must be carefully managed and this is the focus of our submission. Tissue culture is regarded as the most promising process for producing clean material and provides the opportunity for verification measures to be included in the production process to ensure risks are managed to an acceptable level.

Information about how to submit feedback is available on the MPI website - the consultation package includes information about the risk organisms that could potentially be transmitted on this pathway, and the proposed measures to mitigate this risk.

If you have any questions about the submission process or content for your own submission, please contact us at info@kvh.org.nz or phone us on 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
3 May 2018
Applying copper after harvest
3 May 2018
It is highly recommended growers apply copper immediately after harvest, with full winter rates as per the KVH Recommended Product List providing maximum protection of fruit stalk and leaf scars...
Applying copper after harvest
3 May 2018

It is highly recommended growers apply copper immediately after harvest, with full winter rates as per the KVH Recommended Product List providing maximum protection of fruit stalk and leaf scars from Psa.

Studies suggest movement of product into fruit stalk scars occurs much more readily immediately after harvest versus sprays applied a week later.

Where leaf condition is good and risk of spray drift to unharvested fruit is managed, Actigard can be tank-mixed with copper to provide a dual mode of protection as further leaves fall.  Botryzen and the soil root drench KiwiVax (both products with BioGro registration) can also provide benefits, particularly in lower Psa risk situations.

The KVH Psa Risk Model shows moderate risk for most kiwifruit areas through next week and recent leaf spotting seen on outside rows of some Hayward kiwifruit blocks provides evidence that innoculum levels are on the rise. Similarly, cane dieback and cankers in harvested gold blocks indicate potential reservoirs of infection.

Biosecurity News
3 May 2018
Remember to have your say on the stink bug slayer
3 May 2018
KVH, other horticultural groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), are working together to use a tiny parasitoid wasp to combat the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Together –...
Remember to have your say on the stink bug slayer
3 May 2018

KVH, other horticultural groups and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), are working together to use a tiny parasitoid wasp to combat the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

Together – as the BMSB Council – we have made an application to the Enviornmental Protection Authority (EPA) seeking approval to release the Samurai Wasp as a biocontrol agent against BMSB, but only if an incursion is found in New Zealand. 


Image to the right of a male Samurai Wasp (scale 0.5mm), courtesy of Jo Poulton, Plant and Food Research.

BMSB
is one of the biggest biosecurity threats we face and it could cause hundreds of millions of dollars of losses. If an incursion is found here the consequences would be disastrous for New Zealand’s horticultural industries. The wasp (which is the size of a pinhead and doesn’t sting humans or animals) provides an opportunity to be proactive in our approach and gives us another tool we can use to control BMSB.

The EPA is currently seeking public opinion on the application. KVH is making a submission on behalf of the kiwifruit industry and your views count too. We encourage growers to have a say and we can make available to you a copy of the KVH submission that you may wish to reference content from when making your own submission to the EPA (or use the template we've created to help with this).

Submissions are due in to the EPA by 5pm on Thursday 24 May 2018.

If you have any questions about the application process or the KVH submission please contact us, we are happy to discuss them both with you as you formulate your own submission. You can email us at info@kvh.org.nz or phone us on 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
3 May 2018
Latest BMSB finds
3 May 2018
Since the start of the high-risk season in September more than 2200 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) have been caught at the border. Read more in the KVH April BMSB risk update which includes...
Latest BMSB finds
3 May 2018

Since the start of the high-risk season in September more than 2200 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) have been caught at the border.

Read more in the KVH April BMSB risk update which includes latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and information about what we’re doing to keep the pest out.

We’re at the end of the highest risk time of year for BMSB but there is never zero risk. Continue to be on the lookout and report anything unusual to KVH or the MPI biosecurity hotline. There are handy ID guides and videos that demonstrate the impact this nasty bug could have on kiwifruit orchards – and our lifestyles – on the KVH website.

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 May 2018
Moving budwood
3 May 2018
Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year, particularly those cutting over to new licences and those with new plantings. As budwood poses the highest risk...
Moving budwood
3 May 2018

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

As budwood poses the highest risk of disease transfer, please remember:

·       Use the cleanest source of budwood, from your own orchard where possible.

·       Budwood suppliers must be registered with KVH and supply a copy of their Psa-V Risk Management Plan.

·       Growers must only obtain budwood from a KVH-registered supplier.

·       Budwood movement must comply with the controls outlined in the KVH Protocol: Budwood.

·       Movement of Gold3 budwood also requires Zespri authorisation.

·       Budwood movements from Psa positive orchards to other Psa positive orchards are only allowed between properties owned by the same legal entity within the same Psa region (defined on KVH website maps). Outside of this, KVH authorisation may be sought if there are no other suitable options for the grower. Contact KVH for permission in these circumstances.

·       Budwood collection areas are to be sprayed with copper within four weeks of collection.

·       Maintain tool hygiene and sanitisation.

·       Records of budwood supplied and received must be maintained and kept with grower GAP records.

If you are unsure of the movement controls or have any queries, please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 or email info@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
3 May 2018
Wild kiwifruit vines and pest threats discussed at Council hearings
3 May 2018
Last week KVH staff presented to two Council committee meetings considering recent submissions we made jointly with NZKGI. The first presentation was to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC)...
Wild kiwifruit vines and pest threats discussed at Council hearings
3 May 2018

Last week KVH staff presented to two Council committee meetings considering recent submissions we made jointly with NZKGI.

The first presentation was to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) hearings committee considering submissions to their proposed Long Term Plan.  The Plan allocates Council’s funding to specific workstreams and projects over the next 10 years.

In the presentation we asked the committee to consider requests for BOPRC to:

·        Adopt an option within the Plan of increasing Council funding for biosecurity, specifically for wild kiwifruit control.

·        Continue the partnership of Council, KVH (representing the kiwifruit industry) and landowners to manage and reduce the density of wild kiwifruit in the Bay of Plenty.

·        Co-fund agreed research projects around wild kiwifruit, such as establishing monitoring plots and determining the seed viability period in different habitats.

·        Continue to support the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the kiwifruit industry in any potential future response for an incursion of a pest such as Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) or Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

·        Increase funding for woolly nightshade control.  In Australia, the fruit of woolly nightshade has been recorded as a host of fruit fly larvae.

·        Continue to support the Biosecurity 2025 initiative.

 The second presentation was to Marlborough District Council’s (MDC) proposed Regional Pest Management Plan hearing.  This Plan determines which organisms will be named as pests and the management approach for them. 

 In the presentation we asked the committee to consider:

·        That wild kiwifruit be named an Exclusion Pest in the Plan. Wild vines should be promptly destroyed at every detected site with work undertaken by professional contractors, rather than relying on landowners to achieve control.

·        The definition of wild kiwifruit be: “Any unmanaged plant material, self-propagated or abandoned plant of the Actinidia genus on private or public land”. This definition is used by KVH and would be consistent with that requested of other regional councils.

·        That MDC include wild kiwifruit in the group of pest plants for which regional surveillance is undertaken.

·        That MDC and KVH work collaboratively on a public awareness initiative requesting the public to report any wild kiwifruit infestations within the Marlborough district.

·        KVH, representing the kiwifruit industry, will consider any request from MDC to contribute toward the cost of destroying any detected wild kiwifruit infestation.

·        That MDC continue to support the Biosecurity 2025 initiative.

KVH thanks MDC for assisting with awareness of BMSB and we request that this continue, including assisting MPI with any national response for threat organisms such as the BMSB and QFF.

Both Council’s will consider these requests over the coming weeks.

The presentation to the MDC resulted in a media article about wild kiwifruit being published in the Marlborough Express and on Stuff.co.nz last Sunday. KVH was disappointed in the sensationalist nature of the article and factual inaccuracies that were printed. We wrote to the Editor of the Marlborough Express on Monday to clarify the points made by KVH during our presentation. We have published a copy of the letter in our
online Newsroom. 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

Suite 3, Level 1, Customhouse Building
314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
(entrance cnr Totara and Rata Street)
PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz