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Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
New seasonal management guide out now
5 September 2019
The Psa Seasonal Management Wall Chart for the 2019-20 season is out now and an A2 poster copy is included in your latest Zespri Kiwiflier (you can also download a copy from the KVH website or...
New seasonal management guide out now
5 September 2019

The Psa Seasonal Management Wall Chart for the 2019-20 season is out now and an A2 poster copy is included in your latest Zespri Kiwiflier (you can also download a copy from the KVH website or contact us if you’d like extra copies sent to you).

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.

Key changes to this season’s wall chart are:

·         The addition of a Bio-bactericides section, listing details for the use of Actigard.

·         The removal of Caplit from the CPPU section.

·         More emphasis on cultural management of Psa, including information about sanitising tools and pruning.

Changes made to the chart and product list during the 2019-20 season will be made to the online version only and will be notified via the KVH Bulletin.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Check and clean in 60 seconds
5 September 2019
How easy is it to check and clean your tools before going onto or between orchards? Dave Robertson, a contractor who regularly works on kiwifruit orchards shows us how quick and easy it is to do in...
Check and clean in 60 seconds
5 September 2019

How easy is it to check and clean your tools before going onto or between orchards? Dave Robertson, a contractor who regularly works on kiwifruit orchards shows us how quick and easy it is to do in under a minute – watch the new video here.

Remember, you have the power to protect your livelihood:

·         Consider the risk from tools, vehicles and machinery, harvest bins, people, and clothing.

·         Ensure everything coming across your boundary is free from soil and plant material.

·         Sanitise highest-risk items.

·         Clean tools at least between rows.

R&D News
5 September 2019
Videos from Psa research day
5 September 2019
Continuing the battle on kiwifruit vine disease Psa, Zespri’s innovation team and KVH hosted a Psa R&D update in August which saw scientists share with growers and industry insights into...
Videos from Psa research day
5 September 2019

Continuing the battle on kiwifruit vine disease Psa, Zespri’s innovation team and KVH hosted a Psa R&D update in August which saw scientists share with growers and industry insights into their research on Psa.

Growers heard from a range of speakers including Marisa Till from Plant & Food Research who outlined the latest understanding around breeding new cultivars and rootstocks for resistance. Zespri and KVH provided updates on the future focus of Psa products, including products in the pipeline and how to get the best out of Aureo Gold. The day ended with a presentation from Linda Peacock at KVH on Psa Best Practice.

Videos of each presentation are available on the Zespri Canopy website here.  

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Most Unwanted time of year
5 September 2019
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 year
5 September 2019

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 the new Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list on the KVH website and contact us on 0800 665 825 if you would like one of the new posters or leaflets sent out to you.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Spreading the stink bug message
5 September 2019
KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), including a comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New...
Spreading the stink bug message
5 September 2019

KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), including a comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New Zealand and other horticultural groups known as the BMSB Council.

The campaign for the current high-risk season aims to lift public awareness around the damaging impacts of BMSB and increase the likelihood of early detection through passive surveillance.

KVH is co-funding the campaign, key aspects of which include print advertising in gardening magazines and grower publications; digital TV advertising on sites like TVNZ, Three Now and YouTube; displays on news website like Stuff and the NZ Herald; social media ads encouraging travellers and visitors to check their bags, rooms, and mail parcels; and digital advertising on screens at airports and shopping malls.
BMSB flyers and posters and videos are available from KVH by contacting us on 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Passenger compliance is up, risk is down
5 September 2019
International air travellers are less likely to get risk goods through border checks, according to a new air passenger compliance survey. The 2019 results show the overall compliance rate for...
Passenger compliance is up, risk is down
5 September 2019

International air travellers are less likely to get risk goods through border checks, according to a new air passenger compliance survey.

The 2019 results show the overall compliance rate for passengers entering New Zealand is 98.95%. Biosecurity New Zealand’s target is 98.5% and they say betterig this target in the face of increasing passenger numbers suggests the ongoing work to improve border controls is producing results.

Some of the survey highlights:

·         The highest performing exit lane was the Green Lane (99.2%). This result suggests officers are getting it right with their risk decisions – only low-risk passengers are are able to use this exit.

·         High-risk items are being stopped from entering New Zealand. Passenger compliance regarding goods associated with fruit fly and foot-and-mouth disease was very strong at 99.9%.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
More biosecurity awareness with travel authority
5 September 2019
The new Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) becomes mandatory for passengers arriving from visa waiver countries from 1 October. Driven by Immigration New Zealand, the initiative (that affects nearly...
More biosecurity awareness with travel authority
5 September 2019

The new Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) becomes mandatory for passengers arriving from visa waiver countries from 1 October.

Driven by Immigration New Zealand, the initiative (that affects nearly 1.5 million people each year) involves travellers and crew applying online to get permission to arrive in New Zealand before they get here – like what happens with the ESTA system in the USA. The application process will allow Biosecurity New Zealand to identify passengers that pose biosecurity risk earlier than they do now. It will also be a way of targeting biosecurity information at arriving passengers.

The ETA will give travellers permission to arrive in New Zealand - it doesn’t necessarily give permission to pass our borders. Biosecurity New Zealand will still work with immigration officers to deny travellers entry into New Zealand for serious biosecurity offences.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Sharing learnings with Australia
5 September 2019
Last month KVH attended the Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium in Brisbane, an inaugural event to share plant biosecurity research between trans-Tasman counterparts so that we can avoid duplicating...
Sharing learnings with Australia
5 September 2019

Last month KVH attended the Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium in Brisbane, an inaugural event to share plant biosecurity research between trans-Tasman counterparts so that we can avoid duplicating efforts and identify areas for future collaboration.

KVH presented on lessons from Psa and learnings for biosecurity readiness, and it was interesting to see several consistent themes come through in the presentations. Of interest was a presentation by Shane Templeton, from Templeton ginger who described his experience in dealing with a soil borne pathogen, Pythium rot (a close relative to Phytophthora).

Shane described how it took several years to report and take action to the unusual symptoms being observed on his property by which stage the pathogen had taken hold and about 30% of production was being lost. Through strict on-orchard biosecurity practices Shane managed to eventually get on top of the disease but it almost cost him the business, which is the largest fresh ginger operation in Australia and a business that has been in the family for three generations. Messages that are very relevant to the
on-orchard biosecurity guidelines that KVH released recently.

The need for investment in smarter tools and technology was also made clear in the opening address by Lyn O’Connell, Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Agriculture. Lyn provided an insight into how biosecurity risk is increasing with an ever more connected world. In Australia, it is expected that by 2025 volumes of cargo, containers, and passengers will each increase by over 70% from their current value. This increase in trade volumes, combined with an increase in the rate of pests spreading means that investment in biosecurity systems would need to triple just to maintain the current level of risk. A trend that is clearly not sustainable and therefore there is a growing need for science to deliver smarter approaches to managing risk, which was a key theme of the conference.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Fruitfed supporting biosecurity awareness
5 September 2019
This week KVH was invited to the Fruitfed Supplies (part of PGG Wrightson) kiwifruit and subtropical Crop Sector Group technical update to share updates on kiwifruit industry biosecurity threats and...
Fruitfed supporting biosecurity awareness
5 September 2019

This week KVH was invited to the Fruitfed Supplies (part of PGG Wrightson) kiwifruit and subtropical Crop Sector Group technical update to share updates on kiwifruit industry biosecurity threats and readiness efforts.

The annual conference provides staff supporting kiwifruit, avocado, citrus, blueberries, passionfruit, tamarillo and feijoa growers a chance to upskill knowledge, in keeping with the PGG Wrightson drive to “help grow the country”. With biosecurity threats ranked the number one risk to primary sector businesses for the ninth consecutive year by KPMG’s AgriBusiness Agenda survey it was fitting that biosecurity was part of this year’s programme.

Erin Lane, KVH’s Biosecurity Analyst, flagged increased Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) pressure in Europe this year with impacts on Italian pears described as “even more negative than any ominous initial forecast”. Reports suggest many crops will not be harvested due to BMSB damage levels. To help manage this risk to New Zealand, new rules for this stink bug season require offshore treatment of imported vehicles, machinery, and parts from 33 identified risk countries, and all sea containers from Italy.

The complexity of the ongoing fruit fly response in Auckland, development of the updated Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list, and readiness planning underway for invasive Phytophthora species were identified as onshore challenges on the KVH biosecurity radar.

The value and importance of the role horticultural technical advisers can play in raising awareness of biosecurity risks through their networks was emphasised and the recently released on-orchard guidelines, which help kiwifruit growers build their own biosecurity plan, were presented as a tool to support these conversations.

KVH also took the opportunity to thank Fruitfed Supplies for being a valued member of KiwiNet, the team of industry people who champion biosecurity readiness with a goal of reducing impacts if and when the kiwifruit industry is faced with a new biosecurity incursion.

Image: Fruitfed Supplies staff visiting a large glasshouse operation during their annual conference, to look at things outside the square. Image credit: Fruitfed Supplies.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
In the news
5 September 2019
Preparing for the war on stink bugs: Georgie has a particularly unpleasant but important job. She’s trained to sniff out Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), which are said to smell a bit like...
In the news
5 September 2019

Preparing for the war on stink bugs: Georgie has a particularly unpleasant but important job. She’s trained to sniff out Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB), which are said to smell a bit like sweaty socks.

She’s just one of New Zealand’s tools in an incursion toolbox which includes sniffer dogs, traps, lures, heat treatment, sprays, wasps – and a motivated public ready to catch and photograph suspicious bugs.

We expect a ten-year low in Italian pear production: The pear campaign in the important cultivation areas of Italy started a few weeks ago with the harvest of the first early varieties. But the signals of this year's campaign are anything but positive: the estimates of the yield decline had to be corrected by -30%, or in some areas -50%. One of the main reasons is the infestation of the trees by BMSB. 

Grower News
5 September 2019
Biosecurity buzz at roadshows
5 September 2019
KVH took part in the recent Zespri Grower Roadshows, meeting and speaking with growers about new developments and recent biosecurity activity we’ve been undertaking. Chief Executive Stu...
Biosecurity buzz at roadshows
5 September 2019

KVH took part in the recent Zespri Grower Roadshows, meeting and speaking with growers about new developments and recent biosecurity activity we’ve been undertaking.

Chief Executive Stu Hutchings and Biosecurity Manager Matt Dyck presented at the roadshows on the ongoing Auckland fruit fly response (and the kiwifruit industry’s contribution in terms of cost-share and people), provided a short Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) update, and introduced the new kiwifruit growers on-orchard guidelines.

Heading into the high-risk season for BMSB and fruit flies they also shared with growers the new Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted posters and flyers, which highlight why each pest on the list is such a big threat and the impacts they could each have.

Biosecurity News
5 September 2019
Managing BMSB risk this summer
5 September 2019
With September comes the start of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season. KVH continues to advocate strongly on behalf of industry for strict controls that will make it harder for the BMSB to...
Managing BMSB risk this summer
5 September 2019

With September comes the start of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season.

KVH continues to advocate strongly on behalf of industry for strict controls that will make it harder for the BMSB to get here, and for information and awareness campaigns that encourage people to be on the lookout for this harmful pest and report any suspected sightings.

Biosecurity New Zealand's new rules for this stink bug season require offshore treatment of imported vehicles, machinery, and parts from 33 identified risk countries, and all sea containers from Italy. In the past, only uncontainerised vehicle cargo from risk countries required treatment before arriving in New Zealand. Biosecurity New Zealand is working with the Australian Department of Agriculture to finalise a list of approved offshore treatment providers for this season. The process requires all facilities previously registered with Biosecurity New Zealand to reapply for joint recognition by both countries.

Earlier this year, Biosecurity New Zealand announced a plan to work with Australia to have staff based in Europe to undertake auditing of facilities and to provide education and advice as needed. Two New Zealand officers are going to spend the next three weeks checking out offshore treatment providers in Europe. They will be visiting some of the biggest providers in Italy, Spain and France, and major export ports in Belgium and Germany.

Similar to previous years, this season will also see increased surveillance and inspection of arriving vessels and cargo from countries with established stink bug populations.

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