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Biosecurity News
8 February 2018
Moth plant: act now before pods form
8 February 2018
Now is the time to destroy any missed moth plant vines, while they are still clearly visible and flowering, and before pods form or mature. Moth plant is a South American vine; invasive in New...
Moth plant: act now before pods form
8 February 2018

Now is the time to destroy any missed moth plant vines, while they are still clearly visible and flowering, and before pods form or mature.

Moth plant is a South American vine; invasive in New Zealand and unfortunately well-established in Northland, Auckland, Waikato and the coastal Bay of Plenty where it can heavily infest orchard shelter belts. The large seed pods open over winter months to release hundreds of wind-blown seeds.

The simplest and most effective control method is to use a sharp spade and chip the vines out of the ground.  Mature moth plant vines are not easy to kill with herbicide: cut the vine to within 20cm of ground level and apply one part glyphosate to five parts water, plus a sticker such as Pulse, to the vine base.

Moth plant harbours passion vine hopper, slows down orchard shelter trimmers and is a poisonous plant.  The sap can cause severe dermatitis, so wear gloves, protective clothing and consider eye protection.

Grower News
8 February 2018
Support our talented young horticulturalists
8 February 2018
Head along to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend and support the young horticulturalists vying for the title. The six competitors –...
Support our talented young horticulturalists
8 February 2018

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

The six competitors – known for their passion for the industry and exciting futures – will battle it out in a series of theoretical and practical horticultural activities during the full day event, including a biosecurity round run by KVH. The competition culminates with a speech contest at the gala dinner and awards ceremony the following Thursday night.

Learn more about the competitors here.

KVH will also be at the A&P Show 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. 

Biosecurity News
8 February 2018
Managing imports and the BMSB threat
8 February 2018
KVH has put forward a submission to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on proposed amendments to the import standard for ‘vehicles, machinery and equipment’. Although there are...
Managing imports and the BMSB threat
8 February 2018

KVH has put forward a submission to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on proposed amendments to the import standard for ‘vehicles, machinery and equipment’.

Although there are multiple potential ways BMSB could enter New Zealand, interception data demonstrates that the ‘vehicles, machinery and equipment’ pathway is high-risk. This is especially the case from countries where BMSB is found in large numbers, undergoing population growth, or expansion across regions – for example in the USA, Italy, and several other countries across Europe.

MPI have done a good job by introducing new measures on this pathway to provide greater biosecurity protection for New Zealand and KVH fully supports this. Our submission provided additional feedback to strengthen proposed measures and reduce the risk of BMSB establishing.

The main points our submission to MPI specifically covered were:

-        the need to carefully manage, and be able to regularly amend, the countries to which BMSB treatments apply;

-        the importance of clear and practical regulations around the application of heat/fumigation treatments, and storage and transport of consignments before export to New Zealand,

-         treatment verification and follow-up in the event of failure.

Growers will be kept up-to-date with further KVH involvement in the consultation process. 

 

Biosecurity News
8 February 2018
From the frontline
8 February 2018
The summer rush is on and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been handling a substantial volume of passengers at our airports.  Numbers at Auckland have been up 5% on last year, and...
From the frontline
8 February 2018

The summer rush is on and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been handling a substantial volume of passengers at our airports.  Numbers at Auckland have been up 5% on last year, and more than 18,000 travellers were processed on the airports busiest day.

Statistics for December alone: 

·         692,088 air passengers processed

·         1,412 infringement notices issued

·         3,008 mail items opened and inspected

·         1,233 loaded containers inspected

Some weird and wonderful interceptions of interest from our borders over the period include: 

·         A Belgian air passenger was forced to leave New Zealand after attempting to smuggle three sausages (spotted by an x-ray operator) into Auckland in a backpack.

·         A 16kg box of abandoned apples found at Wellington airport. MPI officials inspected them and thankfully there were no signs of fruit fly found.

·         An ornamental reindeer made of dried vines was part of the Christmas decorations on a private jet from China. Because the plane was headed for other domestic airports the reindeer couldn’t travel any further and had to be destroyed.

·         A Western Conifer Seed Bug (from the same family as Brown Marmorated Stink Bug) was found in an imported vehicle. The bug has an appetite for fir trees and is a nuisance in homes over winter.

·         Taika Waititi and Hilary Swank were in New Zealand over the summer and he took the opportunity to remind social media followers of the apple incident of 2005, when MPI fined the actress for not declaring an apple.  The post certainly had people thinking about New Zealand’s biosecurity rules as it built up more than 60,000 likes.

MPI produce a regular newsletter about what’s being done at the border to keep unwanted pests and diseases at bay. It also includes interesting data and you can subscribe here.

 

Biosecurity News
8 February 2018
Controlling the stink bug problem
8 February 2018
KVH has been working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Horticulture NZ, and other industry groups on an application to release a biological control that would help the fight for...
Controlling the stink bug problem
8 February 2018

KVH has been working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Horticulture NZ, and other industry groups on an application to release a biological control that would help the fight for eradication in the event of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) establishing here.

One of the most promising control strategies currently being pursued, the Samurai Wasp (Trissolcus japonicas) is a natural enemy of the BMSB and it’s thought to be effective in suppressing populations by up to 80%.

The application to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is on behalf of the BMSB Council – which KVH is a member of, alongside other signatories to the BMSB Operational Agreement – and seeks official pre-approval for the importation and release of the Samurai Wasp into the New Zealand environment, when there is a BMSB incursion or established population found.

The application is seeking pre-approval as rapid release of large numbers of the wasp during the early phase of a BMSB incursion would be a critical part of eradication efforts. Even if eradication wasn’t successful, early release and establishment of populations of the wasp would still act as a biocontrol and reduce the likelihood of large populations of BMSB developing.

Any grower who wants to know more about the work being done in this area can contact KVH for more information.

The full application document will be made available as part of the EPA consultation process, which will also include a submission period that growers can take part in to show support or raise any concerns. KVH will keep growers updated about the timings around this process. 

Grower News
8 February 2018
Unusual symptoms made simple
8 February 2018
When information about unusual symptoms is reported to KVH (by growers, contractors, packhouse staff and others visiting orchards) it is then looked into to be sure that any biosecurity risk is...
Unusual symptoms made simple
8 February 2018

When information about unusual symptoms is reported to KVH (by growers, contractors, packhouse staff and others visiting orchards) it is then looked into to be sure that any biosecurity risk is identified, managed and the growers involved are well supported if any further action needs to be taken.

KVH prepares full reports on every investigation which you can now read about on our website using our handy and simple table that outlines unusual symptoms that have been seen on kiwifruit orchards and includes photos.

This information is provided to help growers, and others in the kiwifruit industry, identify similar symptoms they may be seeing on their own properties and to increase general awareness of how growers need to be reporting unusual symptoms that they may be seeing.

Grower News
8 February 2018
Keep the reports coming
8 February 2018
KVH often receives phone calls and emails from growers, packhouses, and members of the public who think they may have found a pest or bug from our most unwanted list. Although the finds often turn...
Keep the reports coming
8 February 2018

KVH often receives phone calls and emails from growers, packhouses, and members of the public who think they may have found a pest or bug from our most unwanted list. Although the finds often turn out to be native, the reports are a good thing and show that as an industry we’re on the lookout for biosecurity risk.

The message is the same for growers, contractors and anyone else on-orchard: stay vigilant, be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Please take a photo (very rarely will we need to see the actual specimen) of what you find and send it to us at info@kvh.org.nz so we can have a look at it for you.

Don’t be afraid to report any suspect finds. Early detection is key to eradication and the sooner you alert us the more we can do to help.

We’re at the height of the risk-period for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and fruit flies. Be especially aware of any larvae in fruit. Read more about latest interceptions on the KVH website.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

Suite 3, Level 1, Customhouse Building
314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
(entrance cnr Totara and Rata Street)
PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz