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Biosecurity News
5 February 2020
The fruit fly response at a glance
5 February 2020
·         10 – the number of solitary Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) found through surveillance trapping in the Northcote area since February...
The fruit fly response at a glance
5 February 2020

·         10 – the number of solitary Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) found through surveillance trapping in the Northcote area since February 2019.

·         4,600 – the number of traps set in the greater Auckland area to find three different types of fruit flies. These remain in place and are part of a national fruit fly surveillance programme with over 7,800 traps nationwide.

·         While 10 adult male flies were found (the pheromone traps attract males), no evidence of larvae, pupae, eggs, or female flies was found.

·         160 – the number of people in the field, and in Wellington, involved in the response at any given time.

·         5,766 – the number of properties in the Controlled Area and subject to movement controls on fresh produce and garden waste.

·         1.5 tonnes of fruit was collected from the area and inspected for fruit fly larvae.

·         145 tonnes of produce was collected and disposed of throughout the operation.

Biosecurity News
5 February 2020
Last chance to control moth plant before it flowers and produces seed
5 February 2020
Growers are reminded that moth plant (pictured to the right, heavily infesting a casuarina shelter belt) needs to be controlled now before seed pods form and mature. Moth plant is a poisonous (the...
Last chance to control moth plant before it flowers and produces seed
5 February 2020

Growers are reminded that moth plant (pictured to the right, heavily infesting a casuarina shelter belt) needs to be controlled now before seed pods form and mature.

Moth plant is a poisonous (the sap can cause a painful dermatitis) South American vine, common in coastal areas of the upper North Island, and very invasive in orchard shelter belts or nearby weedy areas.  It harbours passion vine hopper and slows shelter trimmers, so is very unwelcome in kiwifruit orchards. 

If possible, dig vines out of a shelter belt using a sharp spade.  If you try to pull large vines they often snap off at the base and regrow.  Wear gloves and protective clothing to avoid any contact with the sap.

In a world first, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has just released a biocontrol agent - the moth beetle - in a suitable area near Tauranga to assist in the control of this pest. The larvae of the moth beetle feed on the vine’s roots, killing many vines. Watch a video about the release here.

It will take some years for the beetle to build a population which will reduce moth plant infestations, so do continue to destroy moth plant vines in all kiwifruit orchards.

Biosecurity News
5 February 2020
Successful end to fruit fly response in Auckland
5 February 2020
Northcote fruit fly operations have ended and restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables on Auckland's North Shore have been lifted. The move signals the end of an almost year-long...
Successful end to fruit fly response in Auckland
5 February 2020

Northcote fruit fly operations have ended and restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables on Auckland's North Shore have been lifted.

The move signals the end of an almost year-long operation, including a massive effort by the local community, triggered by the discovery of a Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) in a surveillance trap in the area last February.

It's now been 6 months since a fly was last trapped in the area, and this, along with an intensive baiting programme throughout the spring and the inspection of hundreds of kilos of fruit without a find, has given confidence there is currently no breeding population of the QFF in Northcote.

Nationwide routine surveillance will continue – there are 7,800 fruit fly traps spread across the country and more than 4,600 of these in the Auckland area. These traps are set for three exotic fruit fly species of concern: the QFF, Mediterranean Fruit Fly and Oriental Fruit Fly.

The financial impact of a fruit fly incursion to New Zealand’s billion-dollar horticulture industry is something we simply cannot afford – the kiwifruit industry alone could be impacted by up to $430 million. The estimated $18 million investment put into this robust and successful response is justified and confirms the commitment Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partners, such as KVH, have to protecting growers from such serious threats.

Read the full announcement from Biosecurity New Zealand here, and read the statement in support from GIA response partners on the KVH website here.

Protocols & Movement Controls
5 February 2020
Updated protocols
5 February 2020
Several KVH Protocols and Information Sheets have been updated on our website to reflect minor changes.  Please check to make sure you are referring to the latest version when referencing...
Updated protocols
5 February 2020

Several KVH Protocols and Information Sheets have been updated on our website to reflect minor changes.  Please check to make sure you are referring to the latest version when referencing them.

Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) KVH Protocols have been established for controlling the movement of risk items capable of spreading Psa. The controls require that specific conditions are met where inter-regional movement is essential. These can differ across different risk items depending on the nature and level of risk they pose. Find the Protocols here.

Grower News
5 February 2020
Support talented young horticulturalists
5 February 2020
Head along to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend in support of the up-and-coming horticulturalists vying for the title. Eight competitors,...
Support talented young horticulturalists
5 February 2020

Head along to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend in support of the up-and-coming horticulturalists vying for the title.

Eight competitors, known for their passion as well as their exciting futures, will battle it out in a series of practical and theoretical horticultural activities designed to test contestants in a competitive, fast-paced environment. There will also be a biosecurity quiz round run by KVH who will be at the A&P Show all day on Saturday to answer any questions you may have about the work we’re doing to keep unwanted pests and diseases from establishing within our kiwifruit orchards and communities.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz