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Protocols & Movement Controls
18 April 2019
Budwood
18 April 2019
KVH has updated the KVH Protocol: Budwood which is now available on the KVH website. The movement of plant material such as budwood presents the greatest risk of spreading pathogens over long...
Budwood
18 April 2019

KVH has updated the KVH Protocol: Budwood which is now available on the KVH website.

The movement of plant material such as budwood presents the greatest risk of spreading pathogens over long distances. This is relevant to Psa, as well as other known (and unknown) pathogens that may be present in the plant. The best practice to reduce spread of pathogens is to source budwood from your own orchard for use on the same orchard. However, where this is not possible, the budwood protocol outlines the requirements to prevent spread of Psa under the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP), and recommended practices to reduce the likelihood of spreading other pathogens.

Changes to the protocol have been highlighted in yellow and include the following;

  • Budwood must not be collected from material left on the ground after pruning.
  • The addition of recommended practices to manage risk of spreading pathogens:
  1. Monitoring vines throughout the year
  2. Tagging symptomatic vines so they can be avoided when collecting budwood - and avoiding any adjacent vines in any direction.
  3. Notifying KVH if a there is not an obvious cause for any unusual vine symptoms.

Biosecurity News
18 April 2019
Phytophthora workshop
18 April 2019
Phytophthora are a genus of pathogens responsible for some of the most significant biosecurity incursions around the world. They are the causal agent for numerous diseases, including Kauri dieback...
Phytophthora workshop
18 April 2019

Phytophthora are a genus of pathogens responsible for some of the most significant biosecurity incursions around the world. They are the causal agent for numerous diseases, including Kauri dieback disease. Phytophthora could have disastrous impacts on New Zealand’s horticulture, forestry and natural ecosystems. There are hundreds of Phytophthora species around the globe and new species are discovered all the time. The risk to our industry is largely unknown, but globally phytophthora risk is considered to be increasing.

Therefore, KVH and MPI are undertaking a joint readiness programme to consider how we should prepare for an incursion and how we would respond should this occur. To launch this preparedness for phytophthora, a workshop was held last week to brainstorm current knowledge, response scenarios and knowledge gaps to be filled by research.

The workshop was also attended by members of Zespri and Plant and Food Research and the outcomes will form the basis of a GIA readiness plan using a similar process to what we did previously for Brazilian wilt, Ceratocystis fimbriata.

Biosecurity News
18 April 2019
Reminder that footwear can spread pathogens
18 April 2019
 MPI’s Border Space newsletter contained a photo of dirty jandals that were presented at the border by a traveller who was entering New Zealand to work in horticulture. These jandals had...
Reminder that footwear can spread pathogens
18 April 2019

 MPI’s Border Space newsletter contained a photo of dirty jandals that were presented at the border by a traveller who was entering New Zealand to work in horticulture. These jandals had been used on a tomato farm in the Pacific Islands the previous day and could have contained various soil-borne pathogens. Fortunately, in this instance the traveller did the right thing and declared the dirty footwear to border staff upon arrival. The items were then cleaned appropriately.  

A previous study by AgResearch in 2010 demonstrated that a single gram of soil on an international aircraft traveller’s footwear had a greater than 50% chance of containing a regulated organism. With that in mind, the incident is a useful reminder that we ensure all visitors to our orchards enter with clean footwear, particularly if they have recently been overseas or to other regions of New Zealand.

Biosecurity News
18 April 2019
Consultations on import standards
18 April 2019
KVH continues to advocate strongly on behalf of the industry for strict biosecurity border controls. We back proposed Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) changes to rules for vehicles and sea...
Consultations on import standards
18 April 2019

KVH continues to advocate strongly on behalf of the industry for strict biosecurity border controls. We back proposed Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) changes to rules for vehicles and sea containers, which will make it harder for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) to make its way across our borders.

MPI is currently consulting on two recently-reviewed Import Health Standards (IHS) – one for the import of vehicles, machinery, and equipment; and the other for the import of sea containers.

Proposed changes include extending the list of countries that have requirements to treat vehicles, machinery and equipment imports before they arrive in New Zealand. At present, 18 countries have pre-treatment requirements. The proposed new list will increase to 33 countries.

All imported cargo related to vehicles will need to be treated offshore, including sea containers. In the past, only uncontainerised cargo required treatment before arrival.

MPI also intends to refine some of the offshore management requirements under the existing import standard for vehicles and has worked with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to align measures, making it easier for traders and shippers to comply.

KVH will be making submissions on behalf of the kiwifruit industry, supporting increased measures to protect our industry. Growers are also able to make their own submissions.

The consultations run through to Monday 3 June. Click here to read more about proposed changes relating to vehicles, machinery, and equipment. Click here to read more about proposed changes to the import of sea containers.

The Queensland fruit fly was last detected in Northcote on 14 March. This find led to an increase in the on-the-ground operational response, including removal of fallen fruit from backyards, inspections of compost bins, and baiting in fruit trees to attract and kill adult flies, in particular females.

Movement restrictions for fruit and vegetables were lifted in Devonport on March 22 and Northcote on April 12.

Biosecurity New Zealand says: “All operational activities, including baiting, have been completed. However, as a precautionary measure, we will be keeping in place an enhanced network of fruit fly traps for an extended period. If fruit flies are present, these traps will detect them.” 

 

The latest fruit fly risk update has been published on the KVH website.

As well as the finds in Auckland, the fruit fly update details detections at the border, the national surveillance programme, and recent international responses to this unwanted pest.

KVH risk updates are published every month.

R&D News
18 April 2019
Final report - Nuffield Scholarship
18 April 2019
The final report covering KVH grower director Simon Cook’s Nuffield Scholarship research is available now. It covers the importance of on-farm biosecurity vigilance. Click here to read the...
Final report - Nuffield Scholarship
18 April 2019

The final report covering KVH grower director Simon Cook’s Nuffield Scholarship research is available now. It covers the importance of on-farm biosecurity vigilance. Click here to read the article. 

Company Notices
18 April 2019
WE'VE MOVED
18 April 2019
You will now find us on the ground floor of the new Zespri building, just up the road from our former premises in Mount Maunganui. We have our own entrance at 25 Miro St. Please feel free to pop in...
WE'VE MOVED
18 April 2019

You will now find us on the ground floor of the new Zespri building, just up the road from our former premises in Mount Maunganui. We have our own entrance at 25 Miro St. Please feel free to pop in and see us anytime!

Grower News
18 April 2019
Transport of reject fruit
18 April 2019
 Although covering loads of reject fruit in a Recovery region is no longer a KVH requirement, the risk of loose plant material and fruit falling out during transit must still be managed. Plant...
Transport of reject fruit
18 April 2019

 Although covering loads of reject fruit in a Recovery region is no longer a KVH requirement, the risk of loose plant material and fruit falling out during transit must still be managed. Plant material present the highest risk of spreading Psa and other pathogens, and fruit lost in transit could possibly contribute to the development of wild kiwifruit plantings if seed  germinates.

The truck in this photo was observed travelling on the main road with a fairly high load of reject kiwifruit and had kiwifruit leaf material flying out (see circled area, indicating one of a number of leaves observed falling from the load). Bins of reject fruit should be checked to ensure there is no obvious plant material in them and trucks should be loaded so that fruit cannot be lost in transit. Please could all post-harvest and trucking contractors ensure that loads of fruit for stock feed (and being transported to kiwifruit processors) are managed appropriately to avoid a return to compulsory covering of loads.

Media Releases
12 April 2019
Auckland fruit fly response
12 April 2019
Controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the Auckland north shore suburb of Northcote have been lifted, with no further Queensland fruit flies being detected. The decision follows...
Auckland fruit fly response
12 April 2019

Controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the Auckland north shore suburb of Northcote have been lifted, with no further Queensland fruit flies being detected.

The decision follows weeks’ of intensive trapping and inspections of hundreds of kilograms of fruit. The last Queensland fruit fly detection in Northcote was on 14 March which led to an increase in the on-the-ground operational response.

Biosecurity New Zealand teams on the ground removed fallen fruit from backyards, inspected compost bins, and placed bait on fruit trees to attract and kill adult flies, in particular females. “With no further finds, we are confident that there are no breeding populations of Queensland fruit fly in the Northcote area, and because of that, the Controlled Area Notices can be lifted today, “says head of Biosecurity New Zealand Roger Smith. “All operational activities, including baiting, have been completed, however, as a precautionary measure, we will be keeping in place an enhanced network of fruit fly traps for an extended period. If fruit flies are present, these traps will detect them.”

The Biosecurity New Zealand signage and wheelie bins will be removed from Northcote over the next few days. The lifting of legal controls follows similar moves on 22 March in Devonport (Queensland fruit fly) and in Ōtara (facialis fruit fly), after no further fruit flies were found in those areas.

Biosecurity New Zealand and the country’s horticultural industries would like to sincerely thank the residents and businesses in all of the affected suburbs. “Residents in the affected areas of Northcote, Devonport and Ōtara have been incredibly supportive and patient with not only the movement restrictions, but also the regular checking of traps on fruiting plants in their gardens and we’re extremely grateful for the support,” says Mr Smith.

Summary of finds: Single male QFF have been found in separate surveillance traps in the Auckland North Shore suburbs of Devonport (one single fly) and Northcote (six single flies over an extended period of time). Three Facialis flies have been found in Otara.

Protocols & Movement Controls
4 April 2019
Reminder to order nursery plants in advance
4 April 2019
When we visit nurseries as part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), we’re reminded of how important it is to nurseries that growers order their plants well in advance. Without...
Reminder to order nursery plants in advance
4 April 2019

When we visit nurseries as part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS), we’re reminded of how important it is to nurseries that growers order their plants well in advance.

Without a reliable estimate on anticipated demand for the next season, nurseries take a conservative approach to avoid getting left with unsold stock. Growers should order plants as far in advance as possible – preferably a year – to avoid any shortage in supply.

Additionally, growers must only purchase plants that are KPCS certified. KVH movement controls must be observed. A list of nurseries and their KPCS status is available on the
KVH website.

When it comes to ‘Grow for own use’ a reminder that growers may produce their own plants for use on the same property. There are no restrictions on these plants.

Growers may also produce up to 1,000 plants a year for movement between their own properties within the same KVH kiwifruit growing region. These plants do not need to meet the requirements of the KPCS but any plants being moved between properties must meet some risk management requirements. Growers in this case must complete and submit to KVH a
KVH Psa-V Risk Management Plan - Growing Rootstock for your own use.

Please contact KVH on 0800 665 825 if you would like more information about the requirements.

Biosecurity News
4 April 2019
Help dig out new wood-boring beetle
4 April 2019
The public is being asked to report any sign of the granulate ambrosia beetle. This unwanted pest has been detected in five Auckland areas since 20 February 2019. It is the first time the beetle...
Help dig out new wood-boring beetle
4 April 2019

The public is being asked to report any sign of the granulate ambrosia beetle.

This unwanted pest has been detected in five Auckland areas since 20 February 2019. It is the first time the beetle - regarded as a serious pest overseas - has been found here. Evidence to date suggests it may have been in the country for at least two years. 

Kiwifruit is not known to be a host, but it does feed on a wide range of broadleaf trees and can spread fungal diseases.

Biosecurity New Zealand is currently assessing the potential risk from the beetle and is asking the public to report any possible sightings so that more can be learnt about whether New Zealand has a wider population.

The beetle resides under bark, making it difficult to detect. A tell-tale sign is distinctive protrusions of frass (compacted sawdust) from bark that look like toothpicks. They are caused by the beetles pushing frass out of tunnels bored into the trees. Other symptoms include sap oozing from the tunnel entrances and branch dieback.

Biosecurity New Zealand and local authorities are working together to identify the extent of the spread, inspect known host trees, and place lured traps around the detection sites in Auckland.  Industry groups are also learning more from offshore researchers about risk, containment, and long-term management options. 

KVH is closely following the response and will update growers of any developments that indicate the kiwifruit industry could be impacted by the beetle or pathogens it could spread. 

If you think you may have seen the granulate ambrosia beetle or any sign of frass on trees, take a photo and call Biosecurity New Zealand's exotic pests and diseases hotline on 0800 80 99 66. Read more about the beetle and view the new fact sheet, including images, on the Biosecurity New Zealand website.

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