Don't bring imported fruit onto your orchard
15 December 2016
New Zealand imports a range of fruit over the summer period to complement what we produce here. While measures are in place to prevent entry of pests and diseases on this pathway, we can strengthen the system and further reduce the risk by not taking imported fruit on to orchards or discarding waste material near vines. In many cases, an unwanted organism will not survive if it happens to penetrate our borders unless it comes into contact with host material – so don’t give it a helping hand. KVH is also working with importers to raise awareness of what they should be looking out for and the importance of biosecurity to our industry, as well as working alongside MPI to ensure we understand risk and that this is appropriately managed across import pathway. R&D is an important component of this and KVH and Zespri are funding a number of research projects in New Zealand and offshore as part of our Biosecurity Research Portfolio. Image: White Peach Scale is one pest which could find its way to NZ in imported fruit Click here to learn more about White Peach Scale and other offshore risks.