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movement of machinery, equipment and tools, personnel, and kiwifruit plant material to orchards where Psa is not detected, and to the South Island, is strictly prohibited or restricted.

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Kiwifruit orchard contractors are considered high-risk because they routinely move machinery, equipment and tools, personal effects, kiwifruit plant material, and/or compost into, within and between orchards.

Growers should have confidence that their contractors are not adding additional risk to their orchards by moving new pests and diseases around the industry through contaminated tools and machinery. Therefore, the Pathway Plan requires kiwifruit contractors to have a biosecurity plan that identifies the potential risks they bring, and steps taken to manage these risks.

KVH recognises that risk will differ depending on the activities undertaken. The outcome sought is a plan that includes biosecurity hygiene practices and staff awareness and training programmes that are appropriate to the level of risk they pose. KVH also recognises that the kiwifruit industry already has existing systems in place and where possible we seek to incorporate our requirements into these to keep things simple and efficient for all involved.

Growers need to ensure the contractors who come on to their orchards have evidence that they either hold a current Zespri CAV or have completed a Non-CAV Contractors Biosecurity Plan.

Template plans for contractors are provided below and are adaptable to suit the biosecurity risks identified. You/your contractors may also wish to adapt a template to include other requirements, such as health and safety protocols for example.

Growers then need to ensure biosecurity risks posed by contractors, their people and equipment, are appropriately managed.


Contractors who are part of the Zespri Gap/Compliance Assessment Verification (CAV) will have a biosecurity plan included as part of their CAV requirements, and this will be audited as part of their existing CAV audit.

There is a CAV contractor list available on the Zespri website.

Contractors who are not currently required to hold a Zespri CAV need to complete a Non-CAV Contractors Biosecurity Plan and present it to growers (much as a CAV is currently). This form is available below as a PDF and as a Word version so that you can adapt it to suit your needs.

Traceability of any plant material is critical so contractors such as grafters and pollen applicators, who are on multiple orchards, need to ensure they have records of source and destination orchards for all plant material they supply. Traceability records must be maintained so that in the event of an incursion a contractor can supply information about the orchards they and their staff have visited over any nominated time period.

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LATEST NEWS

18 Jul 2024

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 2024

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 2024

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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