BMSB readiness update
While a biocontrol agent is considered the most effective control tool against Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), KVH is also working closely with Zespri to ensure that we are doing everything we can across the supply chain to reduce the impact of this pest.
KVH and Zespri have established a working group to progress a Kiwifruit BMSB Readiness Plan. This plan identifies activities to mitigate impacts of BMSB across the supply chain and has an associated workplan to ensure these activities become viable in the near future.
The workplan has been given a high priority in both organisations and the readiness plan is expected to be largely complete with only long-term research and development outstanding, by September this year.
A simulation will be held before the next high-risk period, to test the practicalities of this plan with KiwiNet, our industry biosecurity champions.