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Grower News
20 February 2020
Hayward Medal awarded to Ian Greaves for pastoral care
20 February 2020
KVH was delighted last week to hear that the kiwifruit industry’s Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal recognising outstanding contributions has this year been awarded to Ian Greaves, for the...
Hayward Medal awarded to Ian Greaves for pastoral care
20 February 2020

KVH was delighted last week to hear that the kiwifruit industry’s Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal recognising outstanding contributions has this year been awarded to Ian Greaves, for the life-saving pastoral care he provided the industry during the Psa outbreak.

Kiwifruit Industry Advisory Committee Chair and Zespri Director Tony Hawken presented the medal to Mr. Greaves at the industry’s Momentum 2020 conference dinner, recognising the efforts he put in to caring for the health and wellbeing of growers during the Psa outbreak through his Grower Support Network.

During the Psa outbreak, Mr Greaves brought together a team of volunteers and created a pastoral care plan which provided a variety of services to support growers. His wealth of industry experience and the trust he built up from his involvement as a grower, field representative, general manager of post-harvest, to consultant and leadership roles at KVH, Kiwifruit New Zealand and NZKGI, meant he had the knowledge and ability to act as the glue during the crisis.

We congratulate Ian for the huge contribution he has, and continues to make, to our industry.

Image: Fresh Carriers President Takao Takeshige; Hayward Medal Winner Ian Greaves; Kiwifruit Industry Advisory Committee Chair and Zespri Director Tony Hawken. Credit Dscribe Media.

Protocols & Movement Controls
20 February 2020
Pack-house Risk Management Plans
20 February 2020
The KVH Harvest Packing and Reject Fruit Protocol has been updated for 2020 with only minor wording changes. Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) KVH needs to sign off on your...
Pack-house Risk Management Plans
20 February 2020

The KVH Harvest Packing and Reject Fruit Protocol has been updated for 2020 with only minor wording changes.

Under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) KVH needs to sign off on your pack-house DQS Biosecurity Risk Management Plan so if you have made any changes from last year please email these to Karyn Lowry at karyn.lowry@kvh.org.nz.

Biosecurity News
20 February 2020
Latest stink bug sightings
20 February 2020
Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 52 live Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds, less than a third of what was found at this time last season. Over the main...
Latest stink bug sightings
20 February 2020

Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been 52 live Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds, less than a third of what was found at this time last season.

Over the main holiday period (mid-December to mid-January) there were 19 of the unwanted bugs found, mostly associated with luggage and belongings of recent travellers to the USA and Italy.  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.

Biosecurity News
20 February 2020
Biosecurity risk at a glance
20 February 2020
The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry. The Dashboard is produced to give...
Biosecurity risk at a glance
20 February 2020

The latest KVH Dashboard is now available, providing a quick overview of biosecurity risk and the work KVH is doing to manage risk for the kiwifruit industry.

The Dashboard is produced to give growers and the industry a one-page view of current biosecurrity threat levels and our ability to manage these threats should they arrive here.

Biosecurity News
20 February 2020
Pre-harvest events update on biosecurity
20 February 2020
As always, the latest biosecurity information for growers will be available at OPC and supplier pre-harvest events beginning shortly. The KVH one-page update has the latest news on our most unwanted...
Pre-harvest events update on biosecurity
20 February 2020

As always, the latest biosecurity information for growers will be available at OPC and supplier pre-harvest events beginning shortly.

The KVH one-page update has the latest news on our most unwanted pests (fruit flies and stink bugs), and a reminder to report unusual symptoms at this time of year when vines are likely to be under stress and susceptible to disease. Guides to help growers complete on-orchard biosecurity plans are also available from KVH.

If you don’t make it to one of these events in person you can read the KVH pre-harvest events flyer on protecting your investment and managing biosecurity risks here.

Biosecurity News
20 February 2020
Stink bug swarm
20 February 2020
While the number of stink bug detections is down, Biosecurity New Zealand are finding groups of dead bugs in treated freight, which suggests offshore treatment requirements are working. A case in...
Stink bug swarm
20 February 2020

While the number of stink bug detections is down, Biosecurity New Zealand are finding groups of dead bugs in treated freight, which suggests offshore treatment requirements are working.

A case in point was a detection by a Christchurch transitional facility that saw a record number of dead bugs in a container carrying two tractors from Italy. A final tally revealed 1300 dead stink bugs, including more than 800 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB).

In this case, the consignment underwent treatment in Italy before arrival in New Zealand (as required under recently introduced import rules). It also underwent fumigation in Christchurch to ensure any hitchhiking bugs were well and truly dead, as the container arrived in New Zealand just after a decision to suspend the Italian treatment provider from Biosecurity New Zealand’s approved list.

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

Image: Collected (dead) stink bugs from a container treated before arrival in New Zealand.

Biosecurity News
20 February 2020
Watch New Zealand BMSB scientists in action
20 February 2020
New Zealand is on high alert every summer for an invasion of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) and this year has been no different, as parts of Europe recover from record devastation. As the bugs go...
Watch New Zealand BMSB scientists in action
20 February 2020

New Zealand is on high alert every summer for an invasion of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) and this year has been no different, as parts of Europe recover from record devastation. As the bugs go into hibernation in the northern hemisphere, the chance of them ending up in New Zealand is higher than ever before.

Kiwi Scientists are working in Italy to try and find ways to stop the spread of the serious super pest. Options for controlling them include releasing another insect – the pinhead-sized Samurai Wasp.

The Aotearoa Science Agency (that supplies New Zealand's leading broadcasters and publications with high-quality science video and written content, highlighting the important and fascinating work of New Zealand scientists and institutions) travelled to Italy to look into the issue and as a result two great features aired on Newshub over the weekend: 

·         The big threat to New Zealand horticultural industries and kiwi homes

·         How scientists are working to stop the spread of BMSB

The BMSB Council, a group of industry organisations that partner with Biosecurity New Zealand – through the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response – to improve New Zealand’s readiness for this pest, organised for the Aotearoa Science Agency to make the trip.

Biosecurity News
20 February 2020
Bug-busting biosecurity games
20 February 2020
Games can be a powerful way of engaging people in citizen science and motivating them to act – especially if they result in some kind of public or classroom recognition. The more eyes on the...
Bug-busting biosecurity games
20 February 2020

Games can be a powerful way of engaging people in citizen science and motivating them to act – especially if they result in some kind of public or classroom recognition.

The more eyes on the lookout throughout the community, the better off we are as growers and an industry, as the chance of early detection of unwanted pests and diseases is greatly increased.

We were pleased to see these articles on social media last week relating to gamification of biosecurity – especially one from our Aussie counterparts who we’ve been sharing some of our collateral with.

Pest card tricks: An Australian playing card game (inspired by Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted pest cards created by KVH) has been launched for the International Year of Plant Health 2020. The cards are based on Australia’s National Priority Plant Pests to provide school students with an educational tool to learn about biosecurity threats to Australia’s natural environment.

Game on with the Spotted Lanternfly: The colourful, winged insect native to China, India, and Vietnam is one of Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted. It has made its way to the USA and proven its ability to cripple grape, lumber, and landscape industries. We don’t currently have the dreaded Spotted Lanternfly in New Zealand but if we did …… here’s a novel idea from a dad in the USA who developed an app formatted like a game to rank those who squish the most lanternflies.

Biosecurity News
20 February 2020
Are you a biosecurity quiz master?
20 February 2020
KVH was a proud supporter of the recent Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition which was held in conjunction with the Te Puke A&P show. KVH provided a biosecurity quiz to the eight...
Are you a biosecurity quiz master?
20 February 2020

KVH was a proud supporter of the recent Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition which was held in conjunction with the Te Puke A&P show.

KVH provided a biosecurity quiz to the eight competitors – congratulations to Melissa van den Heuvel from NZ Avocado for winning the quiz and for achieving overall winner for Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower of the Year.

Below is the quiz put to the competitors, who delighted us with their biosecurity knowledge (the top score was an impressive 89%). How does your biosecurity knowledge compare? Test yourself before checking the answers at the end of this page. Good luck! 

1.     What is the name of the Ministry responsible for New Zealand biosecurity?

2.     Within the Ministry, what branch is responsible for border biosecurity in New Zealand?

3.      KVH and NZ Avocado are both GIA signatories.  What does GIA stand for and what is it about?

4.     Name three activities that a grower can do on-orchard to reduce the impact or spread of a future biosecurity incursion?

5.     What is the name of the organism that caused an ongoing response in Auckland in 2019? You get an extra point for naming the specific organism. 

6.     Name two biosecurity threats to kiwifruit or avocados that are not present in New Zealand, excluding fruit flies and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

7.     TMBC is a biosecurity initiative using collaboration to increase biosecurity excellence in the Bay of Plenty. What does TMBC stand for?

8.     Name three major pathways in which BMSB can enter New Zealand?

9.     What is the high-risk season for BMSB? Why?

10.  What should you do if you observe plants with unusual symptoms or see an organism that may be a new invasive pest on your orchard? Extra point for knowing the number to call.

11.  What are two ways that a new pest or disease could be introduced into an orchard?

12.   Name the biological control approved for use in a BMSB incursion in New Zealand?

13.   Many consider biosecurity as a single line of defence. However, the New Zealand biosecurity system is made up of several layers. There are three of them – can you name them all?

14.   What type of organism is Xylella fastidiosa?

Find the answers here.

Biosecurity News
20 February 2020
Quiz Answers
20 February 2020
Biosecurity quiz answers: 1. What is the name of the Ministry responsible for New Zealand biosecurity? Ministry for Primary Industries 2. Within the Ministry, what branch is responsible for...
Quiz Answers
20 February 2020

Biosecurity quiz answers:

1. What is the name of the Ministry responsible for New Zealand biosecurity?
Ministry for Primary Industries

2. Within the Ministry, what branch is responsible for border biosecurity in New Zealand?

Biosecurity New Zealand

3. KVH and NZ Avocado are both GIA signatories.  What does GIA stand for and what is it about?

GIA stands for Government Industry Agreement. It is an agreement between government and industries to improve biosecurity readiness and response through shared decision making, shared responsibility and shared costs when managing biosecurity threats. 

4. Name three activities that a grower can do on-orchard to reduce the impact or spread of a future biosecurity incursion?
There are a wide range of practices including, but not limited to:
-    Understand your risks
-    Agree what must happen on site (e.g. limit orchard access and ensure  all visitors are biosecurity aware)
-    Ensure all plant material brought on-site is pest and disease free (e.g. KPCS certified)
-    Check and clean (sanitise tools, provide wash down facilities, foot baths, ensure everything is free of plant material and soil before entering an orchard)
-    Report the unusual

5. What is the name of the organism that caused an ongoing response in Auckland in 2019? You get an extra point for naming the specific organism.
Fruit fly - specifically Queensland Fruit Fly

6. Name two biosecurity threats to kiwifruit or avocados that are not present in New Zealand, excluding fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).
-    Spotted Lanternfly
-    Ceratocystis Fimbriata
-    Verticillium Wilt
-    White Peach Scale
-    Non-New Zealand strains of Psa
-    Phytophthoras
-    Xylella fastidiosa


7. TMBC is a biosecurity initiative using collaboration to increase biosecurity excellence in the Bay of Plenty. What does TMBC stand for?
Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital

8. Name three major pathways in which BMSB can enter New Zealand.

-    Passengers
-    Mail
-    Vessels
-    Containers
-    Vehicles and machinery

9. What is the high-risk season for BMSB? Why?
September through to April, with the summer months being of most risk. This is the high-risk season as BMSB overwinter in the northern hemisphere in inanimate objects that are traded internationally, making them a hitchhiking risk for New Zealand.

10. What should you do if you observe plants with unusual symptoms or see an organism that may be a new invasive pest on your orchard? Extra point for knowing the number to call.
-    You should catch it, snap it, and report it.
-    Call KVH on 0800 665 825 or MPI on 0800 80 99 66
-    Tag the vine and/or capture the organism (if mobile)
-    Take pictures

11. What are two ways that a new pest or disease could be introduced into an orchard?
-    Machinery/eqiupment
-    Shoes
-    Visitors
-    Tools (i.e. pruning tools)
-    Wind and water
-    Infected plant material
-    Organic inputs (i.e. mulch & compost)

12. Name the biological control approved for use in a BMSB incursion in New Zealand?

Samurai Wasp

13. Many consider biosecurity as a single line of defence. However, the New Zealand biosecurity system is made up of several layers. There are three of them – can you name them all?
-    Pre border (including regulation/international trade agreements/standard setting)
-    Border (including airports, ports, mail, transitional facilities)
-    Post border (including incursion and response/surveillance/long-term management)

14. What type of organism is Xylella fastidiosa?
It is a bacteria

Biosecurity News
20 February 2020
Record passenger arrivals
20 February 2020
Passenger arrival numbers for 2019 reflect a very busy year at the frontline for officials working to secure our borders from biosecurity threats. It’s not surprising to find it was a...
Record passenger arrivals
20 February 2020

Passenger arrival numbers for 2019 reflect a very busy year at the frontline for officials working to secure our borders from biosecurity threats.

It’s not surprising to find it was a record-breaking year. Officers processed 7.02 million passengers – the first time arrivals to New Zealand have passed the 7 million mark. Early numbers suggest another busy summer season at our international airports, although passenger arrivals are clearly dropping as a result of the coronavirus and subsequent travel restrictions.

Officers cleared just over 700,000 air passengers during December, an increase of 1.6% on December 2018. The busiest day for Auckland Airport was 20 December, which saw the arrival of 20,218 travellers.

Biosecurity News
20 February 2020
Chocolatier brings BMSB intel to Momentum
20 February 2020
What do bingo and chocolate have in common? You’d never have guessed it, but the answer is Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB). Experts on this unwanted pest shared their expertise during a...
Chocolatier brings BMSB intel to Momentum
20 February 2020

What do bingo and chocolate have in common? You’d never have guessed it, but the answer is Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB).

Experts on this unwanted pest shared their expertise during a workshop for delegates at the recent Zespri Momentum conference, aimed at raising awareness amongst growers about what we can do (as individuals and an industry) to be ready for BMSB, how a big international company and industry are managing this pest, and how we can be prepared to help the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in a response.

Around 100 people over two workshops played a game of Bug Bingo to learn how to identify BMSB from other native/established bugs in New Zealand. Aleise Puketapu from Plant & Food Research and Zespri  co-created   and ran the games which although a bit of fun, unsurprisingly got very competitive and were taken even more seriously when players realised how difficult it can be to ID a BMSB – many said they learnt how important it is to make a report to the experts at the MPI hotline (0800 80 99 66) if you see anything unusual or new on your orchard, just in case.



Aleise then talked about the BMSB surveillance and trapping programme in the Bay of Plenty and had some traps and plants on-site for delegates to hunt through. This is the first year of the regional trapping programme (which is part of a larger national programme), co-funded by Zespri and KVH. Traps are monitored fortnightly by Aleise at 10 locations running from the Port of Tauranga in Mount Maunganui to Whakatane, concentrated around high-risk transitional facilities based on previous detections of BMSB and the volume of imports these facilities receive that potentially pose biosecurity concern. There have been no BMSB finds in the traps, and they will continue to be monitored until the end of the high-risk season on May.

International guest Tommaso De Gregorio from Ferrero then took the stage and spoke with delegates about how they are managing the impacts of BMSB to their Italian-based business Georgian growers, who supply most of the hazelnuts for their chocolate. 

Within two to three years of arriving in Italy (around 2012/13) the pest became a huge problem and quickly spread. Tommaso set the scene with some grave numbers: In Italy in 2019 alone, BMSB caused almost 600M€ in damages to fruit and vegetables (with kiwifruit heavily affected) and almost 40,000 people days lost in work. He described the year as a tragedy.

When it comes to hazelnuts, an important part of the Ferrero Rocher chocolate business, BMSB is piercing the shell and giving them such a bad flavour that especially when roasted, makes chocolate unpalatable. Also, this piercing helps fungi go through the shell and rots the nuts, as well as sometimes causing early drop.  Ferrero tries to manage the impact and raise awareness through different initiatives ranging from monitoring and trapping to seminars and regular communications with growers via visits and technical bulletins. 

Tommaso particularly noted that monitoring is something Ferrero supports, especially with sticky traps, but they have found the most useful way to understand damage to orchards/crops and best times to spray is plant beating. As BMSB is too active during the day, they go into an orchard before sunrise to shake the trees on plastic sheets and count how many insects are found, providing the best picture of what is happening in orchards. This was a key learning for New Zealand and something that has been flagged for further research.

Summarising his talk, Tommaso reiterated the importance of awareness and monitoring, especially at a local level where every grower must monitor their own orchards. BMSB is a problem that is not going away and it is important to find an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach that brings all available tools together.

He also pointed out that he and his colleagues are very impressed with New Zealand growers and their proactive attitude to preparedness, which will put all the industry in a better position if BMSB were to arrive here.

Preparedness was also a key message from Charlotte Austin from MPI, who rounded-out the workshop with an overview of the biosecurity response system in New Zealand before having delegates break into teams and work through some short and longer term response management scenarios.

The groups worked through response decision making processes and learnt more about how different teams/workstreams need to gather and share information with each other, and what we as an industry and growers can do to help MPI in a response.

Key takeaways from this were that the more prepared we are on the orchard and as an industry, the better of we will be to limit the impacts of this unwanted pest and the more robust decisions will be. As an industry we also have a key role in social licence to help get messages out and ensure the New Zealand public are aware of how significant this threat is to the New Zealand way of life as well as our industry, and we get  support for any response efforts should they occur in their backyard.

For those who missed the conference and want to hear from the speakers first-hand, the KVH Snapshot podcast is now online and features interviews from the workshop. The Snapshot podcasts are free and available now on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes.

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