The new Pathway Management Plan for the kiwifruit industry came into effect 1 April 2022.
It is a framework that better manages biosecurity risk for all the kiwifruit industry, and is the first National Pathway Management Plan, demonstrating the continued biosecurity proactiveness of our industry and an important step forward in the way we manage the risk of unwanted threats.
The new Pathway Management Plan is similar to the National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) which has been in place since May 2013 (and has always had a 10 year lifespan). The key difference is that the new Plan doesn’t focus on a single pest - such as Psa - and allows us to manage a broader range of threats to the kiwifruit industry, so that we can detect anything new quickly enough to stop its spread, limit impacts, and aim for eradication.
Replacing the current NPMP (when it expires in May 2023), the new Plan retains important elements needed for Psa protection (e.g., controlling movements of high-risk pathways to the South Island). It also provides much wider benefits including streamlining and simplifying rules and regulations so they are more pragmatic, and giving growers and industry more value for money.
Associated Levy Orders are approved by Cabinet and available below.
A grower levy funds the NPMP. For the 2022/23 year the levy reduces to zero per tray in-line with the introduction of the new Pathway Management Plan. A copy of the Biosecurity (Psa-V - Kiwifruit Levy) Order 2013 is available here.
A grower levy funds the new Pathway Management Plan. For the 2022/23 year the levy rate is 0.4 cents per tray, in-line with the new Plan replacing the existing levy for the NPMP which reduces to zero for the 2022/23 year. A copy of the Biosecurity (Kiwifruit National Pathway Management Plan - Kiwifruit Levy) Order 2022 is available here.
Activity of the NPMP ends in May 2023 once reserves have been utilised. This means that KVH will effectively swap the NPMP levy for that of the Pathway Management Plan for the 2022/23 year and keep KVH’s total levy collection from growers fiscally neutral and within the current total of 1.6 cents per tray of kiwifruit.