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Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) is a leading biosecurity organisation dedicated to supporting the New Zealand kiwifruit industry

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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

17 Jun 2024

Reminder to remove unpicked fruit

Growers are reminded that unpicked kiwifruit should be removed from vines to help limit wild kiwifruit plants establishing in nearby areas, especially around native bush, or forestry. Fruit ripening over the winter months provides a food source for birds (such as the wax-eye/tauhou) that then spread seed through their droppings, together with a small fertiliser package. A proportion of this seed can readily germinate. Unpicked fruit needs to be dropped to the ground and mulched. This prevents mass-feeding by birds over the entire winter period.

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17 Jun 2024

Upcoming events – save these dates

The KVH Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place 9am, Wednesday 21 August, at Mercury Baypark in Mount Maunganui. 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. The KVH Biosecurity Symposium will take place Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 August, in the Stadium Lounge at Mercury Baypark. The event’s theme this year is “Building resilience” and you can register now here. The full programme is available on our website.

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17 Jun 2024

Biosecurity tops agribusiness priority list again

Biosecurity has retained the number one ranking in KPMG’s annual Agribusiness Agenda priorities survey for the 15th consecutive year. With a priority score of 9.16 (the highest since 2021) the issue was raised in many of the roundtable discussions with leaders. KPMG notes that while great progress has been made in eliminating Mycoplasma Bovis, and the devastation that Psa inflicted on kiwifruit is becoming a distant memory, the likely arrival of avian influenza has brought preparedness for a major incursion into sharp focus. In addition to the increased risk of incursion, contributors noted that in the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle a range of new disease issues appear to have arisen. These are potentially sleeper diseases that have been triggered by the consequences of the cyclone. The nature of the biosecurity risks we face is changing faster than we are evolving our ability to respond. As incursions become less likely to follow traditional vectors and arrive via a port or airport, the capabilities needed to identify an incursion and respond must evolve and we must have fit for purpose emergency response plans. Also, the report makes specific note that it is critical that each organisation focuses on doing the things they can do in their business well. In responding to Covid-19, it was the small things like washing hands and wearing masks that did the most to protect us from infection. With the threats we face, it will be good farm management practices and hygiene standards that will offer the most protection. These key areas of response capability, planning, and the importance of consistent best practice are all main areas of discussion at the upcoming KVH Biosecurity Symposium. You can register now to save your spot - and the symposium programme is on our website now! View the Top 10 and biosecurity pages from the report here or view the full report on the KPMG website here.

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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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