Changes to regional boundaries effective next Monday
Following consultation with growers and nurseries and consideration of submissions, KVH is revoking all regional boundaries within the Recovery regions in the North Island, creating one region with geographically separate locations. This change will be in place from Monday 16 July 2018 and updated documentation is available on the KVH website.
Thank you to the growers and nurseries who gave KVH their feedback during the consultation. Submissions were primarily in support of the proposal. Regional boundaries and classifications (based on the level of Psa infection) are important to protect areas with little or no Psa but did provide some inequities around plant material movements, especially between Recovery regions.
Following this change, there will also be an amendment in the description of nurseries under the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS). Those nurseries currently fully certified will continue to be described as producing KPCS Full Certification plants. However, those nurseries that currently hold Within Region certification will now be referred to as producing KPCS Restricted Certification plants. There will be a two-week implementation period for nurseries to transition to any new branding.
The KPCS itself is to be reviewed, with a view to aligning biosecurity risk management policies for all plant material. This will help ensure biosecurity resilience and robust plant movement traceability. KVH will keep growers and nurseries updated as the review progresses.