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Top tips for harvest hygiene
4 April 2019

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 of harvest equipment, people and bins onto and around their orchard is minimised.

Top tips for harvest hygiene:

·         Clear loadout areas of weeds.

·         Clearly mark parking and hygiene control areas.

·         Allow only essential vehicles into the production area.

·         Limit access to established roads and tracks and use free orchard access signs available from KVH or your local pack-house.

·         Make sure contractors and staff understand your hygiene requirements.

·         Check all equipment (harvest bins, harvest machinery, picking bags etc) coming on to your orchard has been cleaned and sanitised, and is free of plant and soil material.

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

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

With extra people coming and going through orchards more pairs of eyes can be on the lookout for unusual vine symptoms or pests. Ensure everyone knows to report the unusual to either KVH on 0800 665 825 or Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591