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18 Jul 24 Biosecurity News

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 24 Protocols & Movement Controls

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 24 Company Notices

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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15 Jul 24 Biosecurity News

Fun Fact

There’s a new superstar on the job at Auckland International Airport. Meet Ozark … He’s a new Biosecurity New Zealand detector dog and after passing his training with flying colours, Ozark was paired with handler Jess, who couldn’t have been happier with her new partner. They obviously make a great team because within their first few days together, Ozark busted some massive biosecurity risks - including big bags of beans, a packed lunch consisting of an egg, grapes and chicken nuggets, kilograms worth of sausages, bananas, and a bag packed full of chicken jerky … just to name a few. All these finds were undeclared and disposed of. A few warnings were handed out, along with a bunch of $400 infringements. Remember to be aware of what you’re packing and to always declare items you’re not sure about when returning to New Zealand and remind visitors too.
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15 Jul 24 Grower News

Seven tonnes of West Auckland kiwifruit destined for waste is rescued

As published in the Herald last week, seven tonnes of kiwifruit has been rescued from an unmanaged site we’ve been aware of and working to get cleared, ahead of a large land development project in Riverhead, Auckland. While planning a development of its Riverhead site, Fletcher Living faced the challenge of what to do with acres of kiwifruit ready for harvest. Seeking a sustainable solution that would avoid waste, it reached out to the New Zealand Food Network (NZFN) for help – who then enlisted its partners to rescue 16 bins of fruit - and got great assistance from Punchbowl too. Unmanaged orchards and wild kiwifruit populations are a biosecurity risk and this a great news story of businesses and local community choosing to come together to proactively address such a critical issue. Thanks to Fletcher Living and Punchbowl for taking the lead. Image below: Some of the collected kiwifruit. Credit: NZ Herald
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15 Jul 24 Biosecurity News

Symposium line-up out now

Checked out the line-up for our 2024 Biosecurity Symposium: Building Resilience? Our full programme is available to view on our website now. Day one is full of thought-provoking and engaging panels and discussions, with access to industry experts and leaders. Whether you're looking to be inspired, dive deeper into the biosecurity space, or network, this two-day event has something for everyone. Day two will have a focus on building industry capability with an exercise that focuses on Spotted Lanternfly (SLF). This annual response capability development exercise is run in partnership with Biosecurity New Zealand to learn more about SLF and how we could collectively work together to fight this pest if it were to arrive on our shores. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to connect, learn, and engage. Register today and save your spot.
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