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Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Consultation on Actinidia Import Health Standard
22 March 2018
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been working on an Import Health Standard for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture). This...
Consultation on Actinidia Import Health Standard
22 March 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been working on an Import Health Standard for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture). This pathway has not been active since 2013 as a result of the Psa incursion.

The importation of new kiwifruit material is recognised as an important component in maintaining the competitive advantage of our industry, however the risk of introducing new biosecurity threats must be carefully managed. Tissue culture is regarded as the most promising process for producing clean material and provides the opportunity for verification measures to be included in the production process to ensure risks are managed to an acceptable level.

MPI is in the process of completing a pathway risk assessment to identify biosecurity threats that could potentially enter New Zealand on this pathway from any country and a Risk Management Plan has been written to identify how these threats will be managed to ensure that any associated biosecurity risks are fully addressed.


Public consultation is due to start very shortly – lookout for more details on the KVH website over the next few days about how you can have your say.


We will be making a submission on behalf of the industry and as part of that we’re engaging with the science community to ensure we have specific technical advice available on the risks of what is being proposed.

KVH will keep growers fully informed before any decisions are made on the outcome of this pathway.

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Rules reminder: importing kiwifruit seed
22 March 2018
KVH is aware of an international website offering several varieties of kiwifruit seed for sale. This is concerning because buying seeds online for import into New Zealand could risk introducing a...
Rules reminder: importing kiwifruit seed
22 March 2018

KVH is aware of an international website offering several varieties of kiwifruit seed for sale. This is concerning because buying seeds online for import into New Zealand could risk introducing a plant disease.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) enforcement staff are fully aware of the site.

There are strict rules around importing any kiwifruit seed. Seed intended for growing requires a permit to import and a phytosanitary certificate. It must be imported into post entry quarantine where it will be grown and checked for a range of viruses and other plant disease organisms. No seeds will be given biosecurity clearance; only plants which have been inspected and tested will be eligible for clearance.

MPI enforce all requirements and investigate any report of kiwifruit plants grown from unapproved seed imports. Please alert MPI if you aware of any unapproved kiwifruit seed imports by calling the exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66 or contact KVH on 0800 665 825.

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Myrtle rust found in new region
22 March 2018
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced earlier this week that myrtle rust has been detected in Manawatu for the first time. The fungus was found on a young ramarama in a planted area...
Myrtle rust found in new region
22 March 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced earlier this week that myrtle rust has been detected in Manawatu for the first time.

The fungus was found on a young ramarama in a planted area off Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North.

The infected plant will be removed and securely disposed of and a surveillance team will start inspecting myrtle plants on all properties within a 200-metre radius.

As at this Monday, there have been a total of 409 properties affected by myrtle rust: Northland (four properties), Auckland (63), Waikato (33), Bay of Plenty (92), Taranaki (200), Manawatu (1) and Wellington (16). In the last couple of weeks, most detections have been in Taranaki and Auckland.

Although myrtle rust doesn’t affect kiwifruit plants, it is still important growers check myrtle plants on their properties and in their gardens. At this time of year, the fungus is still in its ‘spreading’ stage and is very visible. Without touching the plant, you can look on either side of the leaves and new shoots for any sign of a bright yellow, powdery eruption. Some leaves could also be buckled or twisted or look diseased with dry pustules that are grey or brown.

It’s important not to touch the plants or brush against them, as this can disrupt the spores and speed up its spread.

Any suspected cases of myrtle rust can be reported to the MPI hotline on 0800 80 99 66. MPI will investigate suspected cases, track and monitor spread, and collect information to help understand the disease’s impact on New Zealand.

KVH has recently taken part in myrtle rust surveillance training with Tauranga Moana Iwi, focused especially around Mauao/Mount Maunganui, to help raise awareness of the fungus, what to look out for, and what to do if symptoms are seen.

 

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Making sure the kiwifruit industry has a say
22 March 2018
KVH has an active advocacy role for the kiwifruit industry, working with regulators to influence biosecurity legislation, policies and standards that may impact on the industry; and to influence...
Making sure the kiwifruit industry has a say
22 March 2018

KVH has an active advocacy role for the kiwifruit industry, working with regulators to influence biosecurity legislation, policies and standards that may impact on the industry; and to influence individual decisions on specific issues.

Submissions currently underway by KVH include:

·         A submission on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) proposed changes to cost recovery for some services.  KVH’s submission details our support of MPI investing to improve effectiveness of the biosecurity system and reinforces our view that the system needs investment in pre-border activities as well as front line initiatives.

·         A submission to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Long Term Plan to increase resourcing for biosecurity programmes and continue the partnership between the council, KVH, and landowners to destroy wild kiwifruit.

·         A submission to Auckland Council supporting the category and approach for wild kiwifruit management within their proposed Regional Pest Management Plan.

·         A submission to Marlborough District Council requesting wild kiwifruit be named an Exclusion Pest within their proposed Regional Pest Management Plan and included in the group of plants for which regular surveillance is undertaken.

These last three submissions also included requests that councils continue to assist MPI and the kiwifruit industry in any future response for pests such as Queensland Fruit Fly or Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, should they be detected within their regions.

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
New fruit fly finds
22 March 2018
Border interception information about fruit flies has been published in the March KVH risk update. There have been two new Queensland Fruit Fly larvae finds on fruit that was deposited in amnesty...
New fruit fly finds
22 March 2018

Border interception information about fruit flies has been published in the March KVH risk update.

There have been two new Queensland Fruit Fly larvae finds on fruit that was deposited in amnesty bins at airports, and Pacific Fruit Fly larvae has been intercepted on breadfruit being carried through Auckland airport by a traveller.

Incorporating latest data from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the update also includes surveillance trapping information. Sinc
e the start of the high-risk period in September 2017 there have been just over 91,000 trap inspections and no fruit flies of concern have been found.

The risk period for fruit flies in New Zealand stretches until June. Remain vigilant, know what to look for, and what to do if you suspect you may have found any kind of unwanted fruit fly or larvae. Fact sheets about fruit flies are available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
High-risk BMSB season being managed
22 March 2018
Since the start of the high-risk season in September, almost 2000 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) have been found and caught at the border. More detail can be read in the March KVH risk update...
High-risk BMSB season being managed
22 March 2018

Since the start of the high-risk season in September, almost 2000 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) have been found and caught at the border.

More detail can be read
in the March KVH risk update for BMSB, which includes latest data reported by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and information about ongoing activities to make sure that everything possible is being done to manage the threat posed by this unwanted pest, including the extension of mandatory fumigation and enhanced inspections through to late May.

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Summer action at the border
22 March 2018
It was a busy summer at New Zealand’s borders, with increases in almost every type of intervention activity for cargo, vessels, mail and passengers. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)...
Summer action at the border
22 March 2018

It was a busy summer at New Zealand’s borders, with increases in almost every type of intervention activity for cargo, vessels, mail and passengers.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) summer infographic report for December 2017 – February 2018 shows that stopping our most unwanted pests, namely fruit flies and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), is still a big focus.


There were 10 interceptions of fruit fly over the period and almost 200 BMSB events.  The BMSB statistics are up on the previous year, highlighting how much of an increased risk we face from this invasive pest as it spreads around other countries and how important it is we continue to take a hard line ensuring high-risk goods and freight is cleaned and treated offshore as much as possible.

Two million passengers arrived at our international airports over the three-month period, a 5% increase on the previous year. The most common undeclared item seized by officials was fresh produce, found 3,111 times. Fresh fruit and vegetables cannot be bought in to New Zealand by passengers and this material poses a great fruit fly risk –  check that anyone visiting or working on your orchard from overseas doesn’t have any fresh produce with them. Make sure any items they may have inadvertently bought with them is destroyed by being bagged and put in the rubbish, not composted.

Other summer statistics of interest for the kiwifruit industry:

·         17 bulk car carriers visited New Zealand. Four were denied entry due to the presence of live stink bugs associated with vehicles out of Japan.

·         1,821 cargo consignments were targeted for BMSB inspection. This is more than double the previous year due to increased targeting measures by MPI.

·         67,488 empty containers imported, 92% of which were clean on arrival.

KVH is fully supportive of the strong actions MPI staff are taking at the border, and the policy settings put in place to make sure the cargo and goods arriving here meet our strict biosecurity standards. We will continue to work closely with MPI to influence the development of policies and standards that may impact the kiwifruit industry, and to influence decisions on specific issues.

 

Company Notices
22 March 2018
Bye bye Barry
22 March 2018
After six years at KVH this is my last week - and final Bulletin - as I leave the industry to now focus on my orchard and governance roles. I joined the team in 2012 when the industry was still...
Bye bye Barry
22 March 2018

After six years at KVH this is my last week - and final Bulletin - as I leave the industry to now focus on my orchard and governance roles.

I joined the team in 2012 when the industry was still coming to grips with Psa and not yet seeing a very clear pathway ahead to recovery. Looking back at my first
Bulletin reminds me how far we’ve all come -  it related to Psa only and we were talking about developing pamphlets and videos to promote the need for hygiene practices; the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry had just revoked movement restrictions in Te Puke; and we had a big project underway to start capturing Psa research ideas.

During my six years I have been really impressed with the leadership in the industry, able to tackle the big and difficult issues while focussing on what is best for growers.

My thanks go out to all growers, postharvest, and Zespri for the support and commitment over the years. It has been a pleasure working with you all as we’ve overcome some huge challenges faced by our industry.
 
Many thanks to past and present members of the KVH team too. Bulletin readers will know the team well and see them often – they’re a committed group of people and I have absolute confidence in the organisation going forward (with Stu Hutchings at the helm) being a necessary protector for our fantastic industry.

Company Notices
22 March 2018
New Chief Executive onboard next week
22 March 2018
KVH is excited to be welcoming new Chief Executive Stu Hutchings to the team on Monday. Prior to taking up the new role Stu was a Group Manager for OSPRI, a partnership between primary industries...
New Chief Executive onboard next week
22 March 2018

KVH is excited to be welcoming new Chief Executive Stu Hutchings to the team on Monday.

Prior to taking up the new role Stu was a Group Manager for OSPRI, a partnership between primary industries and government to manage the NAIT and TBfree programmes. He has had experience as Acting Chief Executive there, aswell as at the Animal Health Board.

Stu comes to the kiwifruit industry experienced in management of biosecurity risks, developing research and innovation programmes, and working on a day-to-day basis with farmers and growers, alongside industry and government.

The focus for Stu once he’s in the hot seat next week is to get out and meet growers and industry people, and ensuring there is full representation for all kiwifruit growers (through KVH) to protect orchards and livelihoods from our most unwanted and destructive pests and pathogens.

Read more about Stu and the December announcement of his appointment in the KVH press release.

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Unwanted!
22 March 2018
Each month we profile one of the 12 most unwanted pests featured on our ‘Port of Tauranga – committed to biosecurity excellence’ calendar. They could all potentially enter our...
Unwanted!
22 March 2018

Each month we profile one of the 12 most unwanted pests featured on our ‘Port of Tauranga – committed to biosecurity excellence’ calendar. They could all potentially enter our borders and have a major impact on the local community and businesses, the kiwifruit industry or other local growers.

This month, the focus is on the Painted Apple Moth (PAM).



A voracious and indiscriminate eater, the PAM from South Australia is a threat to horticulture, forestry, and possibly indigenous trees. It attacks the fruit and leaves of multiple horticultural crops and although kiwifruit is not a reported host an incursion may still have implications. A previous incursion in Auckland (1999) had significant impacts until it was successfully declared as eradicated in 2006.

The economic analysis of its potential impact in New Zealand was determined to be up to $356 million. At least three quarters of these impacts would have been production losses and spraying costs in plantation forestry. About $65 million was spent on the successful eradication programme.

The male moth has a 2.5cm wingspan, a dark brown forewing marked with a black band, and an orange hindwing. The wingless female moth is about 1cm long and is covered with thick short brown hairs - she looks like a small, brown, hairy cocoon. The mature larva or caterpillar is about 3cm long and is covered with dense brown hairs.

Everyone can play a part in keeping unwanted pests and diseases out of New Zealand. If you come across anything unusual catch it, take a photo, and report it to the exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

Biosecurity News
22 March 2018
Reminder to be on the lookout for anything unusual
22 March 2018
Growers are asked to keep an eye out for signs of their fruit being affected by any pests or bugs, particularly deposits of white exudate on the outer skin. KVH and Zespri are working closely with...
Reminder to be on the lookout for anything unusual
22 March 2018

Growers are asked to keep an eye out for signs of their fruit being affected by any pests or bugs, particularly deposits of white exudate on the outer skin.

KVH and Zespri are working closely with a small number of growers in Northland (as well as with research experts) who have reported low levels of damage to some of their fruit, to learn more about what’s happening to the fruit itself and what’s been seen on the affected orchards.

Most of the damaged kiwifruit is being found on edge rows in blocks and includes very small pinprick sized holes on the fruit. The area around the hole can be slightly darker or slightly depressed. There is often a small white deposit near the holes, which can be easily brushed off.  



Growers have told us they’ve seen the same symptoms at this time of the year in the pa
st - especially the white exudate - so the recent warm, wet and humid weather conditions (typical of the season) are a timely reminder to be on the lookout.

KVH is keen to hear from any grower that may have similar symptoms so that we can learn more about where and when fruit is being affected.

If you spot anything similar let your postharvest company know, take a photo and report it to KVH by emailing info@kvh.org.nz or phone us on 0800 665 825.

Company Notices
8 March 2018
Get your news from the KVH podcast
8 March 2018
The February Snapshot podcast is online summarising latest news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and reminders of upcoming events....
Get your news from the KVH podcast
8 March 2018

The February Snapshot podcast is online summarising latest news and activities, seasonal orchard management advice, feature pests to be on the lookout for, and reminders of upcoming events. It’s free and available now on SoundCloud or from Apple iTunes.

We hope you enjoy listening and look forward to your feedback on this new channel of communication we’ve created to help make it easier for growers to stay up-to-date with the latest important news.

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