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Biosecurity agenda at international kiwifruit meeting
3 October 2019

KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings discussed New Zealand’s biosecurity activities at the 38th International Kiwifruit Organization (IKO) meeting in Italy recently.

Also attended by NZKGI and Zespri representatives, the annual meeting provides an opportunity for international counterparts from countries where kiwifruit is grown to share news and opportunities. Stu provided an update about how we manage Psa, the Auckland fruit fly responses, our preparedness planning for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and the successful application late last year for the use of the Samurai Wasp in the event of an incursion, and emerging risks.

Following the meeting, Stu visited kiwifruit orchards and nurseries around Bologna and Cisterna. BMSB continues to create crop damage and fruit drop across a range of horticulture industries - including kiwifruit - while the development of kiwifruit vine decline syndrome or Moria Disease in some orchards in the north of Italy and latterly moving south into the Latina region is also causing concern.

The significance of these pests and diseases cannot be underestimated and the visits provided excellent opportunity to talk to local experts and understand the research going into developing early detection and management methodology.

You can read more about the success of the IKO meeting in FruitNet news here.

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