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Top tips for harvest hygiene
5 March 2020

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

Top tips for harvest hygiene preparation are:

·         clear loadout areas of weeds before harvest

·         clearly mark parking and hygiene control areas

·         allow only essential vehicles into the production area

·         limit access to established roads and tracks

·         make sure contractors and staff understand your hygiene requirements

·         check all equipment (harvest bins, harvest machinery, picking bags etc) coming on to your orchard is free of plant and soil material

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

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

With extra people through orchards more pairs of eyes can be on the lookout for unusual vine symptoms or pests. Growers should communicate their requirements (as per their orchard biosecurity plan and guidelines booklet) to all coming onto their orchards. 

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591