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Company Notices
6 August 2020
Don't forget to vote before the AGM
6 August 2020
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 18 August at the KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM). Please don’t forget to complete your voting paper online before then. Growers should have received...
Don't forget to vote before the AGM
6 August 2020

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 18 August at the KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM). Please don’t forget to complete your voting paper online before then.

Growers should have received information about voting online (using a personalised pin number and password) and how to view AGM documentation by email from electionz.com. A reference copy of the AGM documentation is also available from the KVH website
here.

This year's AGM will include a special presentation from Ian Proudfoot, KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness who will talk about the challenges and opportunities brought about by COVID-19 for the kiwifruit industry. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested is welcome to attend - the NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

If growers have any questions about online voting or would like to receive a hard copy of AGM papers, please phone the electionz.com helpline on 0800 666 946.

What: KVH AGM
When: Tuesday 18 August 2020 at 9am
Where: Trustpower Arena, Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui

Grower News
6 August 2020
You're invited to the annual Psa R&D update
6 August 2020
Want to hear what’s new in the world of Psa research? We would like to extend an invitation to growers, contractors, postharvest and merchants to attend our annual Psa R&D update. Our...
You're invited to the annual Psa R&D update
6 August 2020

Want to hear what’s new in the world of Psa research?

We would like to extend an invitation to growers, contractors, postharvest and merchants to attend our annual Psa R&D update. Our objective is to share key outcomes from the research portfolio that will help you refine your on-orchard Psa disease management programme.

A final programme for the day will be confirmed closer to the time. For now, we recommend you register early (this event sold-out last year) and we will keep you updated.

What: Annual Psa R&D update
When: Wednesday 9 September, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Where: Trustpower Arena, Baypark, 81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui
RSVP: Online
here

Grower News
6 August 2020
Roadshow reminder: save the date
6 August 2020
Growers are invited to special presentations in all growing regions about KVH’s proposed new Pathway Management Plan. Running from 15 September, the events will be focused on the proposed...
Roadshow reminder: save the date
6 August 2020

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

Running from 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 will be available in early September and 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. 

Company Notices
6 August 2020
New Annual Update out now
6 August 2020
The KVH Annual Update 2019/20 has been published. The booklet details KVH’s key activities over the last 12 months, including research and readiness projects in preparation for some of the...
New Annual Update out now
6 August 2020

The KVH Annual Update 2019/20 has been published.

The booklet details KVH’s key activities over the last 12 months, including research and readiness projects in preparation for some of the biggest threats to kiwifruit, and the work we do within the industry to increase awareness and commitment to biosecurity.

We have also included information about the development of the new Pathway Management Plan for better managing risk to the kiwifruit industry, and in light of COVID-19 we have reminders about the ongoing importance of industry-wide traceability and record-keeping systems that contribute to successful biosecurity incursion responses. 

There are some interesting articles about KVH and the wider industry’s participation in the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital and Ko Tātou This Is Us initiatives included, reflecting the work we all do to protect what we’ve got from the impacts of pests and diseases.  

Read the update here or email us for a posted copy. The Annual Update will also be available at the upcoming AGM.

Biosecurity News
6 August 2020
First-hand experience of pests and diseases in Italy focus of KiwiNet meeting
6 August 2020
KVH ran its six monthly KiwiNet workshop yesterday, with around 70 people from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations. The second KiwiNet workshop of 2020 included a...
First-hand experience of pests and diseases in Italy focus of KiwiNet meeting
6 August 2020

KVH ran its six monthly KiwiNet workshop yesterday, with around 70 people from across the kiwifruit industry attending the day’s presentations.

The second KiwiNet workshop of 2020 included a special session with Craig Thompson (recent Zespri Global Supply Manager for Europe and current Zespri Representative on the KVH Board) about high-profile biosecurity threats in Italy. Craig has been on the frontline with Italian growers, postharvest, and scientists trying to combat Psa, Moria disease, and BMSB - all pests and diseases we're working to keep out of New Zealand.

During his presentation, Craig talked about the challenges growers face on-orchard related to not only orchard hygiene but also climactic conditions and rules and regulations from differing bodies across the sector and country. He highlighted the importance of co-ordination and cohesion in a response between growers, industry bodies and government, so that as much as possible can be done to limit impacts and so there is clear joint focus on risks and risk pathways.  

The workshop also provided attendees with an interesting and practical look at the importance of biosecurity readiness, using COVID-19 and the Mycoplasma bovis response as examples that come with huge challenges; and KVH ran group exercises on some key elements of the  proposed new Pathway Management Plan to ensure the proposed approach lands the right balance between risk management and ease of implementation for the industry.  KVH will be consulting on this proposal from mid-September.

You can view PowerPoint presentations from the day on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
6 August 2020
Fun Fact
6 August 2020
Did you know that on average each gram of soil removed from airline passengers’ shoes has at least two seeds in it? Research found that footwear in international passengers’ baggage...
Fun Fact
6 August 2020

Did you know that on average each gram of soil removed from airline passengers’ shoes has at least two seeds in it?

Research found that footwear in international passengers’ baggage contained soil that had around 2.5 seeds in it, 41 nematodes (wormlike plant-eating insects) and high counts of both bacteria and fungi.

The data came about as part of an AgResearch study on the biosecurity hazards that contaminated footwear could introduce to New Zealand. The project surveyed organisms in soil from the soles of passengers hiking boots (57% of samples), miscellaneous footwear (22%), sport shoes (12%), and golf shoes (10%).

This is a great reminder that as per Step 4 of the Kiwifruit Grower On-Orchard Guidelines, growers should always check and clean inputs crossing their boundary to make sure they do not present a biosecurity risk.  Footwear is considered the greatest risk and can easily spread contaminated soil from one site to another. Growers should ensure all visitors going onto their orchards have clean footwear and additional measures such as sanitising may be warranted for high-risk visitors.

Biosecurity News
6 August 2020
Searching for orchards with Psa symptoms or cutting out
6 August 2020
As an extension to the Cut It Out survey project, Fruition Horticulture is developing new grower resources that include footage of Psa symptoms. For these print and video resources, the Fruition...
Searching for orchards with Psa symptoms or cutting out
6 August 2020

As an extension to the Cut It Out survey project, Fruition Horticulture is developing new grower resources that include footage of Psa symptoms.

For these print and video resources, the Fruition team need to film and photograph examples of Psa symptoms on-orchard, as well as people taking action against the symptoms (e.g. cutting out).

They’re specifically on the search for: 

·         Young grafts and young plants with Psa symptoms

·         People cutting out cankers (especially symptoms on the leader or trunk)

·         Trunk cankers

·         Infected girdle cankers

·         Leader cankers

·         Cane dieback and other cane symptoms (wilt, shoot dieback, exudate on canes)

Footage will be kept as anonymous as possible - the orchard will not be named and there won’t be any identifying/recognisable features filmed. In the case of cutting out, filming people’s faces will be avoided (i.e. filming from the back etc).

If growers observe any of these symptoms or start to see these symptoms later in the season, and are happy to discuss footage with Fruition please contact either Bryce or Phoebe by email.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz