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Government Industry Agreement

Government Industry Agreement

The Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) is a partnership for improving New Zealand’s biosecurity. Industry organisations - such as KVH on behalf of kiwifruit - and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), sign a Deed that formally establishes the biosecurity partnership.

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Government Industry Agreement

KVH was the first primary industry to sign the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) Deed in May 2014. This marked a significant achievement for the kiwifruit industry and government.

The GIA Deed outlines the principles for the partnership and the commitments that each Signatory makes to engage in the wider biosecurity system and co-invest to improve the collective biosecurity capacity and capability of industry and government in readiness and response.

Joint decision-making and cost-sharing helps to ensure that industry organisations have a formal role, alongside government, in managing their biosecurity risks.

Deed Signatories negotiate and agree the priority pests and diseases of most concern to them and agree actions to minimise the risk and impact of an incursion, or prepare for and manage a response in the event than an incursion occurs, via Operational Agreements (OAs). 

The first OA under GIA was signed in 2016, and proudly included the kiwifruit industry.  

In May 2016 a multi-sector agreement for the management of fruit fly in New Zealand was signed, which was renewed in September 2022.

In March 2017 KVH signed a second agreement, on behalf of the kiwifruit and kiwiberry sectors, to help reduce the damaging impacts of four sector specific threats - Ceratocystis fimbriata, Verticillium Wilt, Psa-non New Zealand strains and Invasive Phytophthoras.

A third OA for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) was finalised in mid-July 2017 and renewed in July 2023.

A further OA was signed by KVH for the plant production biosecurity scheme, promoting risk management of all nursery material; and most recently, one was signed for Xylella fastidiosa, an interim agreement assessing the risk of Xylella and development of response procedures.

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

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28 May 2024

Phytophthora biodiversity in kiwifruit, BS20148, October 2023

This Zespri Innovation project aimed at understanding the diversity of Phytophthora species associated with kiwifruit in New Zealand as well as the risk Phytophthora species pose to the kiwifruit industry. This project surveyed 128 kiwifruit orchards from different kiwifruit growing regions in New Zealand and identified the Phytophthora species present in leaf, and plant-associated soil and root samples. The survey found no Phytophthora species from leaf samples but often found them in the soil and root samples. There were 11 species identified, with no New-to-New Zwaland Phytophthora detected. This research supports the kiwifruit industry to enhance our knowledge on biosecurity risks for Phytophthora species, and allows the industry to: Establish a comprehensive understanding of Phytophthora species present in kiwifruit orchards in New Zealand. Provide baseline data to rule out potential biosecurity risks from a Phytophthora species that was previously not reported to be present in New Zealand. A full summary of the report can be found here.

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28 May 2024

Understanding how different kiwifruit growing communities engage with biosecurity practices and resources, BS22143, July 2023

This project aimed to gather information from different kiwifruit growing communities, focussing on how well they understand biosecurity and engage with biosecurity resources, training, and practices, and what barriers affect this engagement. A summary of the report can be found here.

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28 May 2024

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) surveillance in the Bay of Plenty, BS20140, July 2021

This report summarises the 2020-2021 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) surveillance project, which set out with the aim to establish a trapping network to identify whether BMSB is present or enters the Bay of Plenty during active monitoring. The project also sought to provide appropriate identification, trapping, and monitoring training for kiwifruit industry members. The Bay of Plenty region has been included in the national BMSB surveillance programme twice now, with 24 traps set at 12 locations across the region in November 2020. BMSB was not detected by any traps or monitoring activities associated with the Bay of Plenty surveillance network within the 2020-21 year. Read the report here or view an industry BMSB monitoring video here.

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