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Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) biosecurity resources
Recognising that all 4.7 million of us are part of our biosecurity system, Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) have developed a number of resources for use by both growers and the general public including Kiwifruit Growers Biosecurity Guidelines and a helpful guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region.
“The Kiwifruit industry is worth billions of dollars and with the public onboard – knowing the importance of biosecurity and taking action when they should - we can help protect the things associated with the industry that are important to us all as a community, not just orchards but businesses, jobs, and people’s livelihoods,“ says Stu Hutchings, Chief Executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health.
KVH works with growers and all sorts of organisations across the kiwifruit industry (like Zespri and post-harvest companies) to raise awareness about what to look out for and what to do if anything out of the ordinary is found on plants in orchards, in nurseries and in gardens.
They’re strongly focused on leading preparedness for biosecurity risks to the kiwifruit industry - identifying unwanted pests and diseases, working to keep them out of the country, and prepare for what the industry needs to do should they get here.
“Every community member makes a difference. The more sets of eyes we have on the lookout for unusual disease symptoms, and pests, the better off we are because it increases the likelihood of damaging threats not only being discovered, but being found early enough for us to limit impacts. “
Check out KVH’s biosecurity resources:
- Kiwifruit Growers Biosecurity Guidelines
- A helpful guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region.
- This booklet which provides guidance about how everyone in or close to the kiwifruit community can help identify biosecurity risks and address them.
- Best practice poster when hosting or visiting an orchard event.
- Poster for people visiting a kiwifruit orchard who have been overseas recently.
Fonterra's biosecurity requirements for travellers
Biosecurity Business Pledge member Fonterra has shown leadership in signing up and being proactive in their commitment to integrate biosecurity practices into their operations and supply chains.
They’ve developed these requirements that detail the expectations they have for their travellers.
Fonterra’s biosecurity key principles aim to reduce the spread of diseases and pests that impact animals or the feed crops they rely on and ensuring high standards of animal health and welfare and biosecurity. This is vital to help secure strong and thriving rural communities for future generations.
NZ Wine Biosecurity Resources
The NZ Wine team has created some new biosecurity resources to ensure healthy vineyards through positive biosecurity actions. These include a Pest and Disease Identification Guide for the most unwanted in our vineyards and a guide to those already present.
Check them all out on the NZ Wine website:
Auckland Airport's commitment to protect our border
Airport case study
Auckland Airport is committed to protecting our border from unwanted biosecurity pests.
For biosecurity reasons all aircraft cabin waste must be processed at the border and sterilised on site at Auckland Airport. In 2015, in a world first for biosecurity and airport waste reduction, Auckland Airport, in conjunction with OCS – a facilities management company specialising in sustainable solutions, and MPI, developed an airside transitional waste facility (TWF) that segregates and sorts cabin waste from a number of airlines.
Waste is sorted according to MPI biosecurity requirements into items which can be reused, recycled and reconstituted into totally different products such as composite building materials, without compromising biosecurity, and those that must be quarantined and destroyed for biosecurity reasons.
By drastically reducing the amount of aircraft cabin waste sent to landfill not only have they increased sustainability and reduced waste, they’ve also achieved a good outcome for New Zealand’s biosecurity.
Auckland Airport training
Pledge member, Auckland International Airport (AIAL), have made their online biosecurity awareness training module available to all.