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Kiwifruit’s most unwanted threats

Kiwifruit’s most unwanted threats

There are eight organisms identified as the biggest biosecurity threat to New Zealand's kiwifruit industry.

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Seen something unusual?

Seen something unusual?

KVH investigates reports of unusual symptoms to identify and manage any biosecurity risks.

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KVH On-Orchard Biosecurity Plans

KVH On-Orchard Biosecurity Plans

Kiwifruit growers can strengthen their biosecurity plans by using the KVH-produced resources.

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ABOUT NEW ZEALAND BIOSECURITY

Learn about the details and preparedness KVH and the kiwifruit industry are undertaking to ensure we are ready to manage any pest or disease threat that may reach New Zealand's borders, and New Zealand's kiwifruit orchards.

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ON-ORCHARD BIOSECURITY MANAGEMENT

This section helps New Zealand kiwifruit growers with all aspects of on-orchard biosecurity management, and includes information about where and how to get support if you need technical advice or pastoral care.

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PATHWAY PLAN & PROTOCOLS

Controls have been established for all risk items (including plant material, rootstock, pollen and budwood) to reduce the spread of pests and diseases. Movement controls differ across different risk items and regions depending on the nature and level of risk they pose.

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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

During a biosecurity response, the industry comes together - led by KVH - to develop and implement various activities quickly and effectively that limit impacts on growers and orchards, and support continuing production.

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LATEST NEWS

18 Jul 2024

Are you a quizmaster like our young growers?

Annual Young Grower competitions have been taking place throughout the regions over the last few weeks and we’ve had biosecurity rounds included in many of them. Congratulations to everyone who took part – it’s great to see such knowledge and enthusiasm for the importance of biosecurity. Just yesterday at the Bay of Plenty Young Grower event we provided an interactive quiz to each of the competitors, who impressed us with their on-orchard biosecurity expertise. Congratulations to Jack Canham from Apata for winning the biosecurity section on the day. How do you compare to this year’s young growers? Think you’d outdo them? Test yourself on the Connections game here (where you will need to group words that have a common thread, into four groups of four) before seeing the set of quiz questions we asked competitors here. Answers for the quiz questions can be found here. Good luck!

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16 Jul 2024

Mature plant movements

Winter is the time when growers look to replace plants on their orchards or plant new blocks. This article is a reminder that if these plants are being moved between properties there are biosecurity requirements that must be met to reduce the likelihood of spreading pests and diseases, including Psa. These requirements also provide the best chance of a successful response if a new organism was detected in our industry. While most kiwifruit plant movements come from nurseries, growers may occasionally move mature plants between orchards. The movement of any plants are a risk pathway, and it is important for growers to understand what’s required under the Pathway Plan, as outlined below. What does this mean for you? If you are taking mature plants from your own orchard for use on that same orchard there are no requirements under the Pathway Plan. If you are moving orchard plants from your orchard to another orchard, or source orchard plants from someone else, you need to ensure that you are meeting the requirements of the Pathway Plan – by being Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) certified for example. If you are a Psa non-detected supplier, you will need to complete a Psa test. It isn’t onerous to become certified as an orchard plant supplier and there are no costs (unless diagnostic testing is required). The new Pathway Plan requirements are very similar to existing protocols. They do require planning in advance to ensure monitoring can occur while vines have leaves and are in active growth. More information about orchard plant movement information, including the KPCS manual and supporting documents, is available here.

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15 Jul 2024

Upcoming AGM and voting packs

A reminder that our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up and growers will receive their AGM packs by email at the end of this month. This is a public meeting and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. Special guest Dr Jacqueline Rowarth will be joining us to speak about precision breeding, followed by the NZKGI and then Zespri annual meetings. Where: Mercury Baypark, Truman Lane, Mount MaunganuiWhen: Wednesday 21 August

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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

KVH works closely with Zespri to deliver a range of biosecurity research and development programmes for the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.

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USE THE WEATHER & DISEASE PORTAL

The KVH portal is now the Zespri Weather & Disease Portal. Access all the weather tools you're familiar with.

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