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Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
New Psa seasonal management guide
3 September 2020
The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2020-21 is out now and available to view or download from the KVH website. A printed A2 sized copy of the chart has also been included in your mailed copy...
New Psa seasonal management guide
3 September 2020

The Psa-V Seasonal Management Wall Chart 2020-21 is out now and
available to view or download from the
KVH website. A printed A2 sized copy of the chart has also been included in your mailed copy of the August Kiwiflier.

The wall chart outlines how you can use cultural methods and a protective spray programme year-round to reduce risk on your orchard, including regular monitoring, removing infected material, girdling, and seasonal spray plans.

A key feature of the wall chart is the KVH Recommended Product List, which sets out the upcoming seasons approved products for protection against Psa, their year-round application rates and permitted use periods.

Any changes or updates made to the chart and product list during the 2020/21 season will be made to the online version and will be notified via the KVH Bulletin.

If you would like extra printed copies of the wall chart sent to you, please email KVH at info@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
Most unwanted time of the year
3 September 2020
Fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) are considered two of the biggest biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry and from September they are both in their highest-risk period for...
Most unwanted time of the year
3 September 2020

Fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) are considered two of the biggest biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry and from September they are both in their highest-risk period for entry into New Zealand. A quick reminder of the damage these unwanted pests can do and what to look out for:

Fruit flies:

·        High likelihood of entry – have crossed our borders many times.

·        Production impacts for a range of horticultural crops but considered low for kiwifruit.

·        Severe market access restrictions, particularly for Queensland Fruit Fly, which is not present in most major kiwifruit markets.


BMSB:

·        Pierces kiwifruit resulting in fruit drop and rot. Fruit loss is typically 5-10% but up to 30% on worst blocks.

·        Extremely difficult to eradicate – early detection is essential.

·        Major nuisance pest overwintering inside homes in huge numbers.

·        High likelihood of entry as a hitchhiker on shipping containers, cars, machinery, and luggage.

For more information on these and other biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry, see our Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list on the KVH website and contact us on 0800 665 825 if you would like posters or leaflets about these pests sent out to you.

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 September 2020
Have your say: proposed plan for managing kiwifruit industry risk
3 September 2020
Biosecurity risk is one of the greatest strategic threats to the kiwifruit industry. This risk is managed across the whole biosecurity system which consists of a number of layers - from keeping as...
Have your say: proposed plan for managing kiwifruit industry risk
3 September 2020

Biosecurity risk is one of the greatest strategic threats to the kiwifruit industry.

This risk is managed across the whole biosecurity system which consists of a number of layers - from keeping as many pests as possible offshore and intercepting those that arrive at the border, to having systems in place within New Zealand to deal with the small residue slippage. There’s also a layer that manages the risk of  numerous pathogens that may already be in New Zealand, either native or long established, that start causing disease over time either as a result of a crop being grown in an area or changing environmental conditions (Kauri dieback is one example where the pathogen was present in New Zealand for 300 years before it began causing disease).

As an industry it is fundamental that we have systems in place to reduce the impact of any emerging threats to our industry. As we have seen with Psa, regulation to support biosecurity practice is one important piece of this system.

KVH is seeking feedback on a proposal for a new regulatory framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. After asking for early feedback on the high-level concept of a Pathway Management Plan and how this will better manage risk for the kiwifruit industry, we are now seeking input from the industry on the detail of the full proposal.

The high-level feedback we have had so far has been supportive, with growers and industry considering the concept of the Plan a logical and sensible way to manage biosecurity risk going forward, especially if this can be achieved without an increase in levy cost to growers. The proposal sets out a framework of how risk could be managed across our industry pathways and provides flexibility to respond to changes in risk profiles of organisms, or advances in science to deal with these threats. This provides the industry with a tool to land an appropriate balance of risk management, a balance which is likely to change over time and we can respond accordingly.  

A key driver for the development of the new Plan is to ensure that we have measures in place to prevent the spread of a broad range of biosecurity threats, rather than our current regulation, which is specific to a single organism, Psa. Instead of focusing on a single pest, like Psa, the proposed Plan focuses on management of risk associated with the pathways by which diseases or pests are transmitted.  This covers the full range of biosecurity threats to our industry and provides for a consistent and pragmatic approach to managing pathway risks such as movement of all plant material, and high-risk equipment coming onto our orchards.

The proposed Plan is very similar in many aspects to the current Psa-V National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) but is more fit-for-purpose, making sure all the right settings are in place so that we can detect anything new quickly enough to stop its spread, limit impacts, and aim for eradication.

The proposed Plan is summarised in the overview sheet available here and detailed in the consultation documents available on the KVH website here.  There is also a submission form available – you can either complete it and return it to us or email us at info@kvh.org.nz to provide comments.  

All growers are invited to presentations on the proposal in all growing regions over the coming weeks. The roadshow schedule is available here. Please do come along and provide your input.

We encourage you to have a say and let us know your thoughts on the proposed new Plan before it is finalised and submitted to the Minister for Biosecurity and Ministry for Primary Industries for approval and implementation.

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 September 2020
Roadshow reminder: save the date
3 September 2020
Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan. Running from Tuesday 15 September, the events will be focused on the...
Roadshow reminder: save the date
3 September 2020

Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan.

Running from Tuesday 15 September, the events will be focused on the proposed new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. Development of the Plan has advanced well and a consultation package including a draft proposal, factsheets and submission form are now available on the KVH website and will be presented at the roadshows for your input before it is finalised. We encourage you to come along and have your say. View the roadshow schedule here. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
3 September 2020
Mandatory orchard monitoring
3 September 2020
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September and 15 October,...
Mandatory orchard monitoring
3 September 2020

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of mandatory monitoring between 15 September and 15 October, with results due to KVH by 31 October. Monitoring is a critical component of establishing Psa-presence, location, and volume so that it can be managed.

An online monitoring form is available on the KVH website here. Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the online form.

Why is monitoring so important? Growers in Exclusion regions and with ‘Not Detected’ orchards need to monitor vines for Psa early, so we can act if anything is identified and protect the rest of their orchard as well as nearby growers.

Regular orchard monitoring enables growers to become familiar with their vines. It’s about learning what is usual, and what isn’t. Nine times out 10 when you see something odd it will be nothing, and that’s good, because it means that the one time it’s something of concern, we’re finding it. The sooner we learn about something unusual the more we can do to help.

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 or identifiable to monitoring staff.

Grower News
3 September 2020
You can now join the annual Psa R&D update virtually
3 September 2020
Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 Alert Levels at this stage, the Zespri/KVH Psa R&D event will now also be streamed, to provide the opportunity for people to attend virtually. If you have...
You can now join the annual Psa R&D update virtually
3 September 2020

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 Alert Levels at this stage, the Zespri/KVH Psa R&D event will now also be streamed, to provide the opportunity for people to attend virtually.

If you have already registered to physically attend on the day, you will have received an email from Zespri yesterday detailing plans for the day amidst uncertainty of Alert Levels at this stage and how you can confirm your attendance. 

Joining the event virtually is a simple process and only requires you to have a device such as a laptop, desktop or smart phone. 

Please register your interest by email to victoria.goldsbro@zespri.com if you wish to attend this event virtually and you will receive instructions by email on how to join on the Monday before the event (7 September).

A reminder, the day is for growers, contractors, post-harvest and merchants to hear what’s new in the world of Psa research. Key outcomes will be shared from the research portfolio that will help refine on-orchard Psa disease management programmes.

What: Annual Psa R&D update
When: Wednesday 9 September, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
RSVP: Register interest in virtual attendance by email
here.

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
Spotlight on Biosecurity Week coming soon
3 September 2020
A reminder that biosecurity in the Bay of Plenty will be celebrated with the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) annual Spotlight on Biosecurity Week from Monday 2 – Friday 6...
Spotlight on Biosecurity Week coming soon
3 September 2020

A reminder that biosecurity in the Bay of Plenty will be celebrated with the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) annual Spotlight on Biosecurity Week from Monday 2 – Friday 6 November. 
 
This week is all about highlighting the importance of protecting what we love about Tauranga Moana and showcasing the awesome biosecurity work that's being undertaken across the region.  There will be several different events including Port Biosecurity Excellence Programme activities and on Thursday 5 November, the annual TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium will be held.  
 
There’ll be more information about each day released soon. If you were unable attend last year you can read all about the event
here or browse videos from the day on the KVH YouTube channel here.

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
In the news
3 September 2020
Stink bug trapped for the first time in the UK: The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), which invades homes and decimates soft fruit, has been trapped for the first time in Britain, at a nature...
In the news
3 September 2020

Stink bug trapped for the first time in the UK: The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), which invades homes and decimates soft fruit, has been trapped for the first time in Britain, at a nature reserve in Essex.  

Search warrant obtained for biosecurity breaches with seeds: Selling hops on Trade Me and having prohibited seeds at home has earned a retired woman a $4000 fine and her first convictions. The Ministry for Primary Industries saw the offending as calculated and deliberate, and argued any harm from breaching the biosecurity system could prove irreversible.

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
Fun Fact
3 September 2020
Did you know, a female Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) can lay up to 100 eggs a day throughout her lifetime at room temperature (when it’s cold, she may produce far fewer eggs). The eggs are laid...
Fun Fact
3 September 2020

Did you know, a female Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) can lay up to 100 eggs a day throughout her lifetime at room temperature (when it’s cold, she may produce far fewer eggs).

The eggs are laid just under the surface of fruit and the maggots or larvae hatch from the egg after two to three days and start feeding on the fruit. Larvae quickly grow from 1mm to 1cm long (and look a lot like a grain of rice) when mature.

The most likely way that fruit flies can arrive in New Zealand is in infested fresh fruit and vegetables. Be vigilant and keep watch during the high-risk season, which is September through to June. It is often difficult to spot adult fruit flies on fruit trees; the better option is to look out for any larvae in fruit. Report any finds or anything else unusual to either Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66 or KVH on 0800 665 825.

Read more about fruit flies on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
Wanted: Te Puna weather station host
3 September 2020
  In the last Bulletin we mentioned we’re looking for a new home for the Te Puna weather station, to support local growers. Thank you to those of you who have expressed an interest and...
Wanted: Te Puna weather station host
3 September 2020

 

In the last Bulletin we mentioned we’re looking for a new home for the Te Puna weather station, to support local growers. Thank you to those of you who have expressed an interest and who are talking to us about the process of a site visit.
The Te Puna station has been part of our network since 2016, but now needs a new site as the orchard changes ownership. It’s not too late to get in touch if you think you have an orchard site, or piece of open ground close to the current site on Snodgrass Road that would be ideal to provide good continuity of data for growers in the area.

If you think you might be interested in hosting this valuable addition to our Psa Risk Model infrastructure, please email or call Linda Peacock on 027 475 2909 to talk about the criteria of a suitable site. You may also like to have a quick read of our weather station guidelines here.

Biosecurity News
3 September 2020
Are you a prize-winning stink bug quiz master?
3 September 2020
Can you ID the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) by answering just a few quick questions? Do you know what it smells like? What it looks like? It’s size? There’s a brand-new quick and...
Are you a prize-winning stink bug quiz master?
3 September 2020

Can you ID the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) by answering just a few quick questions? Do you know what it smells like? What it looks like? It’s size?

There’s a brand-new quick and fun BMSB quiz out now thanks to the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) team, who are offering loads of great prizes every week throughout September – all you have to do is answer six easy questions about what this unwanted bug could do if it hitchhiked its way into New Zealand and on to our orchards, how to identify it, and how to report it. You, the kids, friends, and family can all take part – see who gets the highest score, and don’t forget to fill in your contact details in case you’re a prize winner.

The quiz is part of TMBC’s public awareness campaign for this spring/summer, which also includes the giant BMSB banner on the grain silo in Mount Maunganui on Hewletts Road (you may have seen it last summer) and various regional Biosecurity Week activities, including a joint KVH/Zespri kiwifruit grower day.

Take the quiz here now!  

Grower News
3 September 2020
NZKGI food bank appeal
3 September 2020
  Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and the wage subsidy ending, our communities are going through some tough times and there is unprecedented demand for food bank services. To contribute...
NZKGI food bank appeal
3 September 2020

 
Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 and the wage subsidy ending, our communities are going through some tough times and there is unprecedented demand for food bank services. To contribute towards helping people who live in our communities, NZKGI has organised a food bank appeal which runs through to next Friday 11 September. More information – including details about drop-off points for donations – is available here.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz