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Biosecurity News
5 March 2020
Top tips for harvest hygiene
5 March 2020
Harvest season presents a high-risk period for spreading Psa or other biosecurity risks between blocks, orchards and regions because of the numbers of vehicles, machinery and people movements...
Top tips for harvest hygiene
5 March 2020

Harvest season presents a high-risk period for spreading Psa or other biosecurity risks between blocks, orchards and regions because of the numbers of vehicles, machinery and people movements involved.

Growers are responsible for protecting their orchards, and others, by ensuring the movement risk of harvest equipment, people and bins onto and around their orchard is minimised.

Top tips for harvest hygiene preparation are:

·         clear loadout areas of weeds before harvest

·         clearly mark parking and hygiene control areas

·         allow only essential vehicles into the production area

·         limit access to established roads and tracks

·         make sure contractors and staff understand your hygiene requirements

·         check all equipment (harvest bins, harvest machinery, picking bags etc) coming on to your orchard is free of plant and soil material

·         ensure people check that clothing, particularly headwear and footwear, is free of plant material and soil on entry and exit

·         do not allow workers to bring imported fruit onto the orchard.

With extra people through orchards more pairs of eyes can be on the lookout for unusual vine symptoms or pests. Growers should communicate their requirements (as per their orchard biosecurity plan and guidelines booklet) to all coming onto their orchards. 

Biosecurity News
5 March 2020
No new fruit flies found
5 March 2020
We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies, with close monitoring and high-risk site trapping continuing.  The good news is that new data from Biosecurity New Zealand shows no...
No new fruit flies found
5 March 2020

We’re still in the high-risk season for fruit flies, with close monitoring and high-risk site trapping continuing.  The good news is that new data from Biosecurity New Zealand shows no exotic fruit flies were found in January – read more in the latest of the monthly KVH risk updates here.

KVH has 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 has been added to the fruit fly section of the KVH 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 report anything unusual to either KVH in 0800 665 825 or Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66. 

Biosecurity News
5 March 2020
Latest BMSB finds
5 March 2020
Since the start of the high-risk season on September there have been 56 stink bugs found, less than a third of what was found at this time last season. Over the last few weeks there were four of the...
Latest BMSB finds
5 March 2020

Since the start of the high-risk season on September there have been 56 stink bugs found, less than a third of what was found at this time last season.

Over the last few weeks there were four of the unwanted bugs found post-border (mostly in residential properties of recent travellers). All were reported and investigated, with no further sign of any insects.

More detail can be read in the latest monthly
KVH BMSB risk update, which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about activities involving KVH to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for and respond to this unwanted pest.

These detections are a stark reminder of how real the BMSB risk is to our kiwifruit industry – remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about BMSB are available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
5 March 2020
Advice for hosting or attending an orchard field day
5 March 2020
On-orchard field days and events are an opportunity to share valuable information; however, they can also lead to the spread of unwanted pests and diseases through the movement of people,...
Advice for hosting or attending an orchard field day
5 March 2020



On-orchard field days and events are an opportunity to share valuable information; however, they can also lead to the spread of unwanted pests and diseases through the movement of people, machinery, tools and goods.

KVH has developed a best practice poster to help reduce biosecurity risk when hosting or visiting an orchard event; and to explain the simple and easy steps people can take to protect kiwifruit orchards.

You can download the poster here or email KVH if you would like us to print and send one to you. Please also feel free to share this with others who may be hosting any kind of event or guests on-orchard. 

Biosecurity News
5 March 2020
Spot the Spotted Lanternfly
5 March 2020
There are four Spotted Lanternfly egg masses on this tree – can you spot them all? It isn’t easy and goes to show how important it is to be on the lookout for this pest and...
Spot the Spotted Lanternfly
5 March 2020



There are four Spotted Lanternfly egg masses on this tree – can you spot them all?

It isn’t easy and goes to show how important it is to be on the lookout for this pest and it’s eggs because the sooner we find out about it’s possible presence, the more we can do to stop it establishing and spreading far and wide.  

Click here to reveal all four egg masses, and view our Spotted Lanternfly fact sheet online here. 

Biosecurity News
5 March 2020
Welcome overseas workers, not their hitchhiking mates
5 March 2020
As the kiwifruit industry gears up for harvest, and the corresponding annual influx of overseas workers, it’s time to consider the risk to the biosecurity of our industry presented by overseas...
Welcome overseas workers, not their hitchhiking mates
5 March 2020

As the kiwifruit industry gears up for harvest, and the corresponding annual influx of overseas workers, it’s time to consider the risk to the biosecurity of our industry presented by overseas workers - or more accurately - their clothing, footwear and tools.

There are many biosecurity threats present in other growing regions around the world that are not here in New Zealand, and which could have a devastating impact on our industry. The soil-borne Brazilian Wilt has caused up to 50% vine loss on Brazilian kiwifruit orchards over recent years and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) continues to wreak havoc across Europe and the USA. Close to home, the response to fruit flies detected in Auckland has come to a close after an almost year-long operation.

·         Make overseas workers aware of the need for excellent orchard hygiene.

·         Make sure they do not bring tools used overseas onto your orchard.

·         Check their footwear was cleaned and sanitised in their home country or at the border – don’t take any chances.

It’s important that you don’t allow any imported fruit to come on to your orchard. If you see or hear of someone that has accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand make sure it is reported to Biosecurity New Zealand and then appropriately destroyed by being bagged and put in the rubbish, not composted.

To assist with this, KVH has developed a
best practice poster to help reduce biosecurity risk from someone who has recently visited another country or worked on an offshore orchard or farm; showing what items need to be cleaned before packing luggage and why; and to explain what people can expect at border control when arriving in New Zealand. You can download and print the poster, or contact KVH if you’d like us to print a larger size for you, your orchard, workplace or staffroom.

Keep an eye out for any unusual symptoms on your vines. If you observe any sudden vine wilt contact us immediately. We have great links to Biosecurity New Zealand and can quickly distinguish the unusual from the ordinary. We are always keen to hear from anyone who may have concerns.

Biosecurity News
5 March 2020
Showcasing biosecurity at Open Farm events
5 March 2020
Last week the Malley’s hosted a sellout Open Farm Day at their orchard in Whangarei to showcase to the public how kiwifruit and berries are produced. Open Farms are about providing a better...
Showcasing biosecurity at Open Farm events
5 March 2020

Last week the Malley’s hosted a sellout Open Farm Day at their orchard in Whangarei to showcase to the public how kiwifruit and berries are produced.

Open Farms are about providing a better understanding about food production and helping bridge the urban rural divide that has become a polarising issue in recent media and political campaigns.

KVH attended the event as an opportunity to showcase our biosecurity story and to help the public understand why biosecurity matters not only to the primary sector, but to all New Zealanders as a means of protecting the kiwi way of life. In particular, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) was a focus to raise awareness of the potential impacts of this pest to homeowners and horticulture alike, and the role all New Zealanders can play in looking out for the pest with the catch it, snap it and report it message.

The event was well attended with almost 300 people taking part and providing positive feedback about their experience and the interesting things they learnt.

If other growers wish to host an event like this details can be found on the Open Farms website which includes lots of helpful information about how to register, how to plan for your day, and how to run your event in a way that showcases what you and your family are most proud of.

Please email KVH if you’re interested in having us attend to promote awareness for biosecurity threats as part of your event. 

Biosecurity News
5 March 2020
Surveillance programmes: finding pests and diseases early
5 March 2020
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is always looking for pests and diseases that might have arrived from overseas. Finding them early is vital for successful biosecurity responses and a new...
Surveillance programmes: finding pests and diseases early
5 March 2020

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is always looking for pests and diseases that might have arrived from overseas. Finding them early is vital for successful biosecurity responses and a new publication explains more about the what, where and why of our nation’s surveillance programmes, including fruit fly in the Bay of Plenty.

The Atlas of biosecurity surveillance is a full colour,  interesting magazine-style publication that brings together specialists in animal, marine, plant and environmental science, plus everyday New Zealanders, to detect pests and diseases. The work it details includes

-          general surveillance to keep watch for any pest or disease, in any environment

-          13 targeted programmes focusing on specific pests, diseases and biosecurity risks.

You can view and download the publication here.

Grower News
5 March 2020
Kiwifruit Phytophthora survey
5 March 2020
KVH, Zespri and Plant & Food Research are currently working together on a survey of Phytophthora pathogens in kiwifruit orchards throughout New Zealand. This project will support New...
Kiwifruit Phytophthora survey
5 March 2020

KVH, Zespri and Plant & Food Research are currently working together on a survey of Phytophthora pathogens in kiwifruit orchards throughout New Zealand. This project will support New Zealand’s biosecurity by better understanding our current baseline of Phytophthora species associated with kiwifruit.

Sampling rounds will be completed in autumn and spring over two years (2020/21).  

Growers who have vines with known or suspected Phytophthora symptoms and who would like to be involved in this survey can read more about the project here.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz