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Biosecurity News
28 November 2019
On the lookout for fruit fly
28 November 2019
There were a few fruit flies intercepted during October, none of which were our highest-risk Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF). One interception was of Oriental Fruit Fly larvae on jujubes (a type of red...
On the lookout for fruit fly
28 November 2019

There were a few fruit flies intercepted during October, none of which were our highest-risk Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF).

One interception was of Oriental Fruit Fly larvae on jujubes (a type of red date) at an airport, and another was of Lesser Pumpkin Fly larvae on cucumber, also at an airport. Larvae was also found in a supermarket-purchased mandarin and investigated.

You can read more in the latest monthly KVH fruit fly risk update, which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about what’s happening in other countries to manage the threat posed by fruit flies.

KVH has also developed a helpful new guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region, to allow for business continuity planning at orchard level. The guide has been added to the fruit fly section of the KVH website and can be downloaded here. Please contact us if you would like a copy printed and sent to you. 

Remember: the high-risk period for fruit flies runs through the summer months. Be vigilant, keep watch, and if you hear of someone that has accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand as part of their Christmas travels make sure it is reported and then appropriately destroyed (bagged and put in the rubbish is the best way, not composted).

Protocols & Movement Controls
28 November 2019
Proposed new Pathway Management Plan
28 November 2019
KVH is looking at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry. Instead of focusing on a single pest, like Psa, the proposed Plan focuses on protection...
Proposed new Pathway Management Plan
28 November 2019

KVH is looking at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the kiwifruit industry.

Instead of focusing on a single pest, like Psa, the proposed Plan focuses on protection against the full range of biosecurity threats to our industry and will replace the current Psa-V NPMP as it will retain the important elements needed for Psa protection (e.g. controlling movements of high-risk pathways to the South Island) but also provide much wider benefits.

A one-page summary can be found here. Feedback about the proposed Plan can be provided to KVH by email at info@kvh.org.nz or by phone at 0800 665 825.

More information, including a detailed consultation paper and submission form are available here. 

Biosecurity News
28 November 2019
Short videos on keeping industry free of pests and diseases
28 November 2019
If you missed out on the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day and want to watch the presenters in action, you can now view videos from the event on the KVH YouTube channel. More than 80 people...
Short videos on keeping industry free of pests and diseases
28 November 2019

If you missed out on the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Grower Day and want to watch the presenters in action, you can now view videos from the event on the KVH YouTube channel.

More than 80 people attended the day, covering readiness activities; the impacts of the soil-borne disease Ceratocystis fimbriata in Brazil; latest BMSB and Spotted Lanternfly research; and the new iteration of KVH’s ‘most unwanted’ list of pest and disease threats.

Also, look out for more information and images from the day, as well other events during the regional ‘Spotlight on Biosecurity’ week in your next Kiwifruit Journal.

Biosecurity News
28 November 2019
Air New Zealand onboard with new biosecurity video
28 November 2019
The in-flight biosecurity video, reminding travellers about the importance of protecting our country from unwanted pests and diseases, will now be screened on all international Air New Zealand...
Air New Zealand onboard with new biosecurity video
28 November 2019

The in-flight biosecurity video, reminding travellers about the importance of protecting our country from unwanted pests and diseases, will now be screened on all international Air New Zealand flights.

Launched earlier in the year, airlines with screen capacity committed to play the video to arriving passengers. KVH has been part of direct discussions with Air New Zealand about their current capacity and is pleased that this has resulted in commitment from the airline to have the video playing on every flight (available in a wide range of languages) within the next month.

All visitors to the country and kiwis returning home can help protect New Zealand from harmful pests and diseases. The video provides a clear message about what everyone’s responsibilities are when arriving here. The simple lesson is, if you're unsure about an item you’ve got – declare it.

There are two versions of the video – one spoken in English and one for Chinese airlines spoken in Mandarin. The English version has been translated/sub-titled into 12 different languages, including Hindi, Malay, Arabic, Korean and French. It has also been translated into Bilsama, a national language in Vanuatu spoken by many seasonal workers.

Watch the video here.

Company Notices
28 November 2019
KVH Christmas hours
28 November 2019
The KVH office will be closed from 5.00pm on Friday 20 December 2019 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 6 January 2020. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive...
KVH Christmas hours
28 November 2019

The KVH office will be closed from 5.00pm on Friday 20 December 2019 and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 6 January 2020. If any urgent issues arise during this period, please contact Chief Executive Stu Hutchings on 0274 787 901.

Biosecurity News
28 November 2019
Latest BMSB finds
28 November 2019
Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 15 live Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds. Over the last few weeks there were 10 of the unwanted bugs found at the...
Latest BMSB finds
28 November 2019

Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 15 live Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds.

Over the last few weeks there were 10 of the unwanted bugs found at the border and post-border (in things like online shopping packages as we mentioned in the last Bulletin). All were reported and investigated, with no further sign of any insects.

More detail can be read in the latest monthly KVH BMSB risk update, which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about activities involving KVH to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for and respond to this unwanted pest.

These detections are a stark reminder of how real the BMSB risk is to our kiwifruit industry – remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about BMSB are available on the KVH website.

Grower News
28 November 2019
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
28 November 2019
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Friday 13 December 2019. Psa testing will resume on Monday 6 January 2020. Only KVH...
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
28 November 2019

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be Friday 13 December 2019. Psa testing will resume on Monday 6 January 2020.

Only KVH pre-arranged Psa testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 13 December and 6 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

Biosecurity News
14 November 2019
Better plan for managing kiwifruit industry risk
14 November 2019
KVH is looking at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry. Growers views are being sought on a proposed new Pathway Management Plan, which...
Better plan for managing kiwifruit industry risk
14 November 2019

KVH is looking at a new regulation framework to better manage biosecurity risk to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

Growers views are being sought on a proposed new Pathway Management Plan, which would offer better protection, more value for money, and increased simplicity around rules and regulations.

Instead of focusing on a single pest, like Psa, the proposed Plan focuses on management of risk associated with the pathways by which diseases or pests are transmitted.  This covers the full range of biosecurity threats to our industry and provides for a consistent and pragmatic approach to managing pathway risks such as movement of all plant material, international visitors, and high-risk second hand or imported equipment coming onto our orchards.

The proposed Plan is equivalent to the current Psa-V National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) but is more fit-for-purpose and makes sure all the right settings are in place so that we can detect anything new quickly enough to stop its spread, limit impacts, and aim for eradication.

KVH proposes that the Plan will replace the current Psa-V NPMP as it will retain the important elements needed for Psa protection (e.g. controlling movements of high-risk pathways to the South Island) but also provide much wider benefits: 

·         better protection

·         more value for money

·         increased simplicity around rules and regulations

·         right settings for early detection of new threats

·         consistent and pragmatic. 

Pathway plans enable an organisation like KVH to do things like setting clear objectives and rules for the industry and accessing powers needed to effectively manage risks on a wider scale than for just Psa. They designate a management agency responsible for the Plan, which in this case would be KVH. They also enable the agency to raise funding through a levy if needed, although KVH is hoping to manage this all under one existing levy, without any net increase to growers. 

The proposed Plan is summarised in the one-page fact sheet available here and detailed in the consultation paper available here. Both documents are available on our website, alongside a submission form. You can also email us at info@kvh.org.nz or phone 0800 665 825 to provide comments.  

Based on feedback received, a full plan and implementation schedule will be developed and shared in early 2020 for your input before it is finalised.  

We encourage you to have a say and let us know your thoughts on the proposed new Plan.

Protocols & Movement Controls
14 November 2019
Whangarei new positives
14 November 2019
Last week KVH completed a monitoring round in the Whangarei region of 14 orchards around the current positive orchards. A further three orchards were confirmed Psa positive through Hill Laboratories...
Whangarei new positives
14 November 2019

Last week KVH completed a monitoring round in the Whangarei region of 14 orchards around the current positive orchards.

A further three orchards were confirmed Psa positive through Hill Laboratories testing, bringing the total of positive orchards in the region to nine.

The region remains a Containment region – currently only 23.4% of the region’s hectares are on an orchard with Psa.

Growers are urged to remain vigilant, monitor their orchards regularly and maintain a regular protectant programme.

More information about growing regions and regional classifications is available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
14 November 2019
BMSB hitches a ride in online shopping
14 November 2019
Reminding us all how close-to-home the stink bug risk is, a local post-harvest staff member recently had a mail package arrive from Virginia in the USA, complete with what looked like a Brown...
BMSB hitches a ride in online shopping
14 November 2019

Reminding us all how close-to-home the stink bug risk is, a local post-harvest staff member recently had a mail package arrive from Virginia in the USA, complete with what looked like a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

Knowing exactly what to do, they caught the bug in a plastic container and reported it to Biosecurity New Zealand who confirmed it was a BMSB. A great catch!

If you, your family, co-workers or friends receive mail from overseas (especially from the USA) remember to check parcels for any pests such as BMSB that may have snuck a ride to New Zealand. We have a short video about being careful when opening parcels on our YouTube channel here.

Biosecurity News
14 November 2019
Hail damage adds to Psa risk
14 November 2019
Wild spring weather, including hail storms in the western Bay of Plenty, continues to add Psa risk for many sites across growing regions. Damaged leaves and canes should be protected with copper to...
Hail damage adds to Psa risk
14 November 2019

Wild spring weather, including hail storms in the western Bay of Plenty, continues to add Psa risk for many sites across growing regions.

Damaged leaves and canes should be protected with copper to minimise infection risk, especially if there is already a high inoculum source due to heavy leaf spotting across blocks. Psa control options reduce as blocks move through to flowering but late flowering sites may still have a window to apply Actigard. This is highly recommended, particularly for wind prone sites. Ensure young plants or grafts are also protected.

When applying coppers, maintain a five to seven-day gap between applications of foliars and copper to minimise risk of phytotoxicity to leaves and fruit. Do not apply sprays in poor drying conditions, or high humidity, as risk of fruit staining increases.

Gold skin sensitivity commences around 21 days after fruit set with risk increasing between 28 and 42 days and reducing again between 42 and 80 days. For Hayward, 14 to 35 days after fruit set is considered a high-risk period. Copper may be applied during these periods but take care to ensure drying conditions are optimal.

The Psa Risk Model indicates ongoing moderate risk from most stations over the next week so take every opportunity to prune male vines and complete girdling in the dry. Follow up with copper spray. Apply wound protectants to all large cuts.

Refer to the KVH recommended product list for more information about summer rates.

Biosecurity News
14 November 2019
No new flies found in Auckland response
14 November 2019
Auckland fruit fly response efforts are continuing – a 12-week long spring baiting programme in the Northcote controlled area has been ongoing since 19 August and was completed last Friday 8...
No new flies found in Auckland response
14 November 2019

Auckland fruit fly response efforts are continuing – a 12-week long spring baiting programme in the Northcote controlled area has been ongoing since 19 August and was completed last Friday 8 November, in an effort to kill any fruit flies that may have overwintered.

All properties in the controlled area were baited every week according to their proximity to fruit fly finds. Although baiting has now finished, the Controlled Area Notice in the Northcote area remains in place, which restricts the movement of certain fruit and vegetables.

The focus of the response’s operational activities now remains on intensive trapping and movement controls. As we progress into the warmer months, the response will also be preparing for a range of scenarios.

Trap inspections will continue to be carried out weekly. The last Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF), a single male, was detected 15 July. This find took the total number of QFF found in the Northcote area to 10, and there has still been no evidence of larvae, pupae, eggs or female flies found. 

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