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R&D News
31 May 2018
New research reports added to website
31 May 2018
One of the key lessons from the Psa response was the need to have rapid diagnostic tests available for our most significant biosecurity threats. These tests enable us to quickly confirm the...
New research reports added to website
31 May 2018

One of the key lessons from the Psa response was the need to have rapid diagnostic tests available for our most significant biosecurity threats. These tests enable us to quickly confirm the presence or absence of a particular organism if a grower reports unusual symptoms to us, and if we move into response mode determine the extent of infection.

Developing these tests for specific organisms is therefore one of our priorities for the biosecurity research portfolio. Two new reports have recently been put up on our website highlighting research outputs in this area, including:

• Evaluating RT-PCR tests for Pelargonium Zonate Spot Virus, a virus that is known to infect kiwifruit in Europe and reduce plant productivity. See the report here.

• Development of a detection assay for Brazilian Wilt (Ceratocystis fimbriata), the soil borne pathogen that has caused significant impacts to kiwifruit growers in Brazil. See the report here.

Company Notices
31 May 2018
AGM reminder
31 May 2018
KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui. This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome...
AGM reminder
31 May 2018

KVH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 9am on Thursday 26 July 2018, at the ASB Arena in Mount Maunganui.

This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is most welcome to attend. The NZKGI and Zespri AGMs will follow immediately afterwards.

Growers will receive KVH AGM packs in the mail early in July. Packs will contain the Chairman’s Report, 2017 KVH audited financial statements,  the proposed budget for the 2019/20 financial year, and voting information. A copy of the KVH Annual Update for 2017/18 will also be included.

Grower News
31 May 2018
Growers looking for rootstock
31 May 2018
Around this time each year growers are trying to source kiwifruit plants at the last minute, which can be a challenging task as many nurseries have sold out. KVH is aware of some nurseries that...
Growers looking for rootstock
31 May 2018

Around this time each year growers are trying to source kiwifruit plants at the last minute, which can be a challenging task as many nurseries have sold out.

KVH is aware of some nurseries that have plants remaining. Growers looking for plants, or other nurseries with plants remaining, can contact KVH and we can endeavour to connect the parties. Email info@kvh.org.nz or phone 0800 665 825.

When sourcing plants, KVH Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) movement controls must be observed. Growers are advised to order plants a year in advance to prevent being caught in this situation.

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Two more stink bug trainees
31 May 2018
Two stink bug detector dogs are being trained to join Georgie – who proved her sniffing skills at the Auckland wharf over summer in her dealings with contaminated bulk carriers from...
Two more stink bug trainees
31 May 2018

Two stink bug detector dogs are being trained to join Georgie – who proved her sniffing skills at the Auckland wharf over summer in her dealings with contaminated bulk carriers from Japan.

One of the candidates is Daisy, a pointer cross with previous detector dog experience. The other is Bodie, a labrador.

Georgie, the existing stink bug detector dog, provided an important verification role during the summer, helping determine whether treatment had been effective with arriving vehicles and machinery.

Photo: Georgie on stink bug patrol at Auckland wharf, credit Ministry for Primary Industries.

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Fruit fly treated before arrival
31 May 2018
An Auckland Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity officer recently detected suspected fruit fly eggs and larvae when inspecting a breadfruit consignment from Fiji. Spotting a tell-tale...
Fruit fly treated before arrival
31 May 2018

An Auckland Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity officer recently detected suspected fruit fly eggs and larvae when inspecting a breadfruit consignment from Fiji.

Spotting a tell-tale soft spot on the fruit, the officer decided to investigate further by opening up the breadfruit for inspection. The fruit fly was dead. The MPI laboratory revealed the consignment had been heat treated in Fiji, removing the biosecurity risk. The consignment was later released.

Fruit flies are considered the greatest biosecurity threat to the kiwifruit industry, as incursions can severely impact where we sell our fruit and have significant impacts on grower’s OGR.

Fruit fly incursions in Tasmania have already cost $5.5million AUD with another $8million budgeted for this financial year, and a further $20million contribution from the Australian Federal Government towards response activities.

We’re just now coming to the end of the high-risk season for fruit fly. Continue to be vigilant and keep watch. While it may be possible to find on fruit trees if present, a better option is to look out for any larvae in fruit, including fruit that has fallen from trees.

If you hear of someone that has accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand make sure it is reported to MPI and then appropriately destroyed (bagged and put in the rubbish is the best way, not composted).

Company Notices
31 May 2018
KVH at Fieldays
31 May 2018
The KVH team will be in the Zespri tent at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 June 2018. Please come and visit the KVH stall (inside the Zespri tent)...
KVH at Fieldays
31 May 2018

The KVH team will be in the Zespri tent at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 June 2018. Please come and visit the KVH stall (inside the Zespri tent) for a chat at any point throughout the day. We are keen to discuss any questions, issues, or suggestions you have about biosecurity.

Company Notices
31 May 2018
Nominations for KVH Board grower directors
31 May 2018
The KVH Board is calling for nominations for three grower directors. Existing Directors David Tanner and Simon Cook will be standing for re-election to the Board. Nomination forms can be downloaded...
Nominations for KVH Board grower directors
31 May 2018

The KVH Board is calling for nominations for three grower directors. Existing Directors David Tanner and Simon Cook will be standing for re-election to the Board.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the KVH website here and must be returned to KVH by 5pm Wednesday 13 June 2018. The appointment terms of KVH Directors was changed by agreement of the KVH grower members at the 2017 KVH AGM and the details of the appointment terms are available on the KVH website here.

Grower members will be asked to vote for their preferred nominee and the successful candidate(s) will be announced following the upcoming AGM on Thursday 26 July 2018.

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Working with government to prepare for incursions
31 May 2018
In the days following the release of the Budget there was a lot of media discussion around preparing for and funding biosecurity incursions, particularly after the Finance Minister appeared on the...
Working with government to prepare for incursions
31 May 2018

In the days following the release of the Budget there was a lot of media discussion around preparing for and funding biosecurity incursions, particularly after the Finance Minister appeared on the TVNZ Q&A show Sunday 20 May.

KVH was asked for comment by media and explained that on behalf of the kiwifruit industry KVH was the first group to sign up to GIA – the Government Industry Agreement for Readiness and Response, and has been at the forefront of biosecurity readiness planning with growers, post-harvest and others across the kiwifruit industry.

There is no doubt that we need to be sure we are well prepared and can quickly respond to any biosecurity incursion to the industry. This will mean we are able to minimise the impacts on orchards and businesses, people’s livelihoods, communities and environments. Representing growers best interests is always the priority for KVH as we continue to work alongside government (and other industry groups) under GIA, making sure there are cost-effective biosecurity operations being delivered.

Read more about how KVH works with government to fight pest threats under GIA. 

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Keep NZ free from stink bug winter woes
31 May 2018
We may be out of the high-risk season for BMSB but that’s no reason to stop being on the lookout. KVH and other horticultural product groups are working together to keep the BMSB profile up...
Keep NZ free from stink bug winter woes
31 May 2018

We may be out of the high-risk season for BMSB but that’s no reason to stop being on the lookout.

KVH and other horticultural product groups are working together to keep the BMSB profile up over the winter months. Online advertising (including news websites, Metservice and On Demand TV services), social media and posters are all being used to help get the message out about the lifestlye impacts of this unwanted pest.

The ads focus on the fact that BMSB hibernates inside homes in the winter, can infest homes in the thousands, stinks when crushed, and is almost impossible to get rid of.

Look out for the ad in your next Kiwiflier and follow KVH on Twitter and Facebook to see more.

Biosecurity News
31 May 2018
Managing Psa risk this long weekend
31 May 2018
The KVH Psa Risk Model is predicting high-risk weather through Queen’s Birthday weekend and continuing into next week. Risk will be moderate for most regions from Saturday, while Monday through...
Managing Psa risk this long weekend
31 May 2018

The KVH Psa Risk Model is predicting high-risk weather through Queen’s Birthday weekend and continuing into next week. Risk will be moderate for most regions from Saturday, while Monday through Wednesday risk builds to severe, reducing again from Thursday onwards. The higher risk reflects predicted rainfall, coupled with lower temperatures as we move towards winter.



Growers are urged to be proactive in applying winter rate copper sprays immediately after harvest, and again as needed to ensure fruit stalks, leaf scars and any wounds created by frost or wind damage are protected prior to high-risk weather periods such as these.

For more sheltered blocks where leaves are still in good condition a second Actigard may also be considered to provide additional protection as leaf-fall continues. Actigard may be tank mixed with copper but avoid spray drift onto unharvested fruit and wash sprayers out thoroughly afterwards.

Dropping strung canopies at risk of storm damage is also best practice as canes up strings are not adequately protected by sprays. Experience has shown canes damaged through autumn often suffer more Psa symptoms the following spring.

Biosecurity News
17 May 2018
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
17 May 2018
Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July. Unpicked fruit can increase the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native bush or...
Remove unpicked kiwifruit from vines
17 May 2018

Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit must be removed from vines by 1 July.

Unpicked fruit can increase the amount of wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas of native bush or exotic forestry as fruit ripening over the winter months provides a food source for birds.

Birds spread seed through their droppings, together with a small fertiliser package. A proportion of this seed can readily germinate.

Unmanaged kiwifruit vines, including those with unpicked fruit, may also be a potential host for plant disease organisms.

Unpicked fruit needs to be dropped to the ground and mulched. This prevents mass-feeding by birds over an extended period.

Under the National Psa Pest Management Plan (NPMP) it is a requirement to remove all unpicked fruit from vines by 1 July each year.  After this date KVH will follow-up reports of unpicked fruit with orchard owners and post-harvest companies.

Biosecurity News
17 May 2018
Managing risk from importing plants could stop the next incursion
17 May 2018
KVH has made a submission on behalf of the kiwifruit industry to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the proposed Import Health Standard (IHS) for Actinidia plants for planting. The IHS...
Managing risk from importing plants could stop the next incursion
17 May 2018

KVH has made a submission on behalf of the kiwifruit industry to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on the proposed Import Health Standard (IHS) for Actinidia plants for planting.

The IHS sets out the proposed import requirements for Actinidia nursery stock, specifically for plants in vitro (tissue culture), imported into New Zealand for further propagation. This pathway has not been active since 2013 because of the Psa incursion.

KVH recognises importing new kiwifruit material is an important part of maintaining the competitive advantage of our industry, however our submission focuses on the level of uncertainty around potential risk of introducing new biosecurity threats and how this risk must be carefully managed so that if the pathway is enacted, it is robust and reduces risk to the kiwifruit industry. We have also included specific technical advice we commissioned from experts in the science community in New Zealand and overseas.

All submissions are now being considered by MPI. There will then be a 10 day period where all submitters have the opportunity to examine any changes to the IHS which have resulted from the consultation.

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

If you have any questions about the KVH submission, please contact us at info@kvh.org.nz or phone us on 0800 665 825.

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