Manage cut out trunks within the orchard
Growers are reminded to manage any cut out vine material, including any sawn-off trunks or leaders, within the orchard. Do not dump cut out vines into any adjacent gully, forest or bush. If wild kiwifruit establishes from dumped vines the orchard owner will have to fund the total cost of wild vine control and remove the trunks.
Disposal pits need to be properly constructed, like in the image to the right. Old vine trunks and leaders may be burnt or buried within the pit. Follow the guidelines within the KVH Protocol - Disposal Options. A heavy-duty mulcher is an excellent disposal option. Remember to remove all plant material from the machine and wash and sanitise before leaving the orchard.
If burning, ensure the material is dry and follow all regional council Air Plan requirements. Ensure that any smoke is not a hazard for nearby roads or a nuisance to neighbours. Also remember that it is prohibited to burn treated timber.