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Pathway Management Plan

Pathway Management Plan

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Pathway Management Plan

  • The Pathway Management Plan Order in Council can be viewed and downloaded here.
  • The Operational Plan, which provides a comprehensive overview of Pathway Management Plan requirements, and how to meet them, can be viewed and downloaded here.

Effective from 1 April 2022, the Pathway Management Plan focuses on protection against the full range of biosecurity threats to our industry, instead of focusing on a single pest (like Psa). The Plan provides for a consistent and more pragmatic approach to managing pathway risks such as young plants, budwood, pollen, orchard equipment and other items moved by people.

The Pathway Management Plan is similar to the old National Psa-V Pest Management Plan (NPMP) but is more fit-for-purpose and makes sure all the right settings are in place so that we can detect anything new quickly enough to stop its spread, limit impacts, and aim for eradication. It replaced the NPMP - when that expired in May 2023 - and retains the important elements needed for Psa protection (e.g., controlling movements of high-risk pathways to the South Island) as well as providing much wider benefits, such as:

  • better protection,
  • more value for money,
  • more streamlined and simple rules and regulations,
  • right settings for early detection of new threats,
  • increased consistency and pragmatism.

The Pathway Management Plan is funded by a levy which you can read more about and download a copy of here.

What does this mean for me?

A simple overview of how to meet the requirements of the Pathway Management Plan is available here. For more details on specific areas of the Plan, please see the list of resources below.

your pathway plan resources

how the pathway plan came to be

A proposal for a new Pathway Management Plan was first raised by KVH in November 2019. Development, planning, and consultation stages were all contributed to by many from across the kiwifruit industry, who provided support and valuable input.

After the final consultation period ended in mid-December 2020, KVH incorporated changes suggested and backed by industry, and produced an extensive proposal document so that everyone had the opportunity to see the final version and how we took feedback into account.

The proposed Pathway Management Plan, for planned implementation from 1 April 2022, and a summary of feedback received during consultation (and resulting changes) were then submitted to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Minister for Biosecurity in April 2021 so they could go through the required parliamentary process for review and approval.

This process was completed in February 2022 and formal approval was received by way of Gazette notice published 24 February 2022. The associated Levy Order was also approved.

During the early consultation phases there were several documents, fact sheets, case studies, and presentations produced to help share information about the proposal and what the new Pathway Management Plan would mean for growers and others who work on or visit kiwifruit orchards. These documents are no longer current (as they do not incorporate feedback received during the consultation phases) however they remain available to reference here.


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23 May 2024

Fun Fact

We’ve got brand new pest ID cards printing and coming your way shortly. The flashcards have been created to help everyone involved in orchard work improve their pest and disease ID skills – they provide an easy way to identify some of the kiwifruit industry’s biggest biosecurity risks and are a practical tool for out in the field. They’re plastic coated and durable, and held together with a ring you can adjust over time as we produce new cards and update our Most Unwanted list We’ll have these with us at upcoming events and as soon as they’re hot off the press we’ll let you know so you can order some for you and your teams.

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23 May 2024

Smart sanitising

With harvest almost done and thoughts turning to pruning and grafting, now is a perfect time to talk sanitisers. Hygiene practices including cleaning tools on arrival, and regularly between blocks, bays, and vines are a known cornerstone to protecting vines from entry of high-risk organisms, and an important discussion between growers and contractors as they agree biosecurity processes for the season. A list of sanitisers effective against biosecurity risk organisms can be found on the KVH website. This research-based information compares performance of sanitisers on wood, plastic, tyre, and metal surfaces and so allows growers to choose the most suitable product for their use. Some good news also as the plastic holsters fabricated by a Katikati firm to provide a simple and effective solution to ensure tools are regularly sanitised are still available, with orders being taken now. Sanitiser solution is added to the holsters and topped up as required avoiding the need for staff to carry separate buckets or bottles up and down rows, creating a win-win for staff and orchard owners. To find out more about availability and prices email Frank at Hercules Tanks.

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23 May 2024

Biosecurity learnings from Australia

Earlier this month, KVH visited Cairns to attend the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) Symposium. This two-day event is held every two years to highlight research outcomes from PBRI’s $69M investment in plant biosecurity. The event also provides KVH with an excellent opportunity to stay engaged with our Australian counterparts in research, industry, and government. Northern Queensland is a focal point for biosecurity in the banana industry, which is under threat from a soil borne pathogen, known as Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4). KVH visited some banana farms (as they are referred to) and was kindly hosted by Howe Farms to see what lessons we could incorporate into our own biosecurity preparedness for kiwifruit threats. TR4 has been sweeping through banana production regions around the world and was first detected in Australia in 1997 where it decimated the local banana industry. In 2015, TR4 was detected in Northern Queensland where 95% of Australia’s bananas are grown. The initial response was a scorched earth policy where the infected property was purchased by the industry and all host material (banana plants) removed and the earth left bare to prevent further transmission. While this approach may have slowed the spread, it has not eradicated the disease which is now known to be present on five properties in Northern Queensland. While the pathogen is not considered eradicable, the coordinated approach between Federal and State Governments, alongside industry has been effective in slowing the spread compared to all other regions where this pathogen has been detected. As a soil borne pathogen, on-orchard practices are focused at preventing the movement of soil and plant material between properties. Visiting banana farms provided KVH with an excellent learning opportunity to observe the practices used to combat a threat that is spread this way. Where applicable, KVH will look to incorporate these learnings into our readiness plans for other soil borne pathogens such as Ceratocystis fimbriata, which is considered our number one pathogen threat and has caused significant impact to kiwifruit growers in Brazil, as well as a wide range of other hosts around the world. Image: Managing biosecurity risk includes shipping containers with mandatory footwear changes and footbaths with separate entrances and exits (left); Matt Dyck from KVH visiting a banana grower, along with Brad Siebert from New Zealand Avocado.

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