Ku­dos for KVH over piv­otal Psa role

Te Puke Times - - Rural News & Views -

Ki­wifruit Vine Health (KVH) has won a na­tional biose­cu­rity award for its con­tri­bu­tion to the biose­cu­rity in­tegrity of the New Zealand ki­wifruit in­dus­try.

KVH ac­cepted the In­dus­try Award at the 2018 New Zealand Biose­cu­rity Awards in Auck­land.

The award recog­nised KVH’S con­tri­bu­tion to the re­cov­ery of the ki­wifruit in­dus­try fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing dis­cov­ery of Psa in 2010, and its sub­se­quent re­spon­si­bil­ity for man­ag­ing all biose­cu­rity readi­ness, re­sponse and op­er­a­tions for the in­dus­try.

KVH chair­man Dr Dave Tan­ner said the win recog­nised KVH’S piv­otal role in man­ag­ing the ini­tial out­break of the dis­ease and de­vel­op­ing ro­bust biose­cu­rity pro­cesses and re­sources to boost the in­dus­try’s biose­cu­rity in­tegrity.

“KVH was formed in 2010 as the New Zealand ki­wifruit in­dus­try reeled from the dis­cov­ery of Psa,” Dr Tan­ner said.

“The small team was tasked with work­ing along­side in­dus­try and Gov­ern­ment to help grow­ers con­tain and man­age Psa. KVH did a great job and was sub­se­quently tasked with re­spon­si­bil­ity for ad­dress­ing all pos­si­ble pests and in­cur­sions. The KVH team is hugely ded­i­cated to its role in help­ing pro­tect the liveli­hoods of New Zealand ki­wifruit grow­ers through mon­i­tor­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, tech­nol­ogy, and part­ner­ships with Gov­ern­ment and biose­cu­rity agen­cies.”

KVH chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu Hutch­ings said the award cel­e­brated the part­ner­ship ap­proach which had en­sured the in­dus­try was bet­ter placed for any fu­ture biose­cu­rity event.

“There is no doubt that by work­ing in part­ner­ship, we can achieve bet­ter biose­cu­rity out­comes. KVH was the first or­gan­i­sa­tion in New Zealand to sign up to a new col­lab­o­ra­tive ar­range­ment called Gov­ern­ment In­dus­try Agree­ments; an ar­range­ment which en­abled Gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try to share de­ci­sion-mak­ing, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and costs for in­cur­sions.

“We have also em­braced a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach in part­ner­ing in the Port of Tau­ranga Biose­cu­rity Ex­cel­lence ini­tia­tive for many years and are found­ing mem­bers of the ex­cit­ing new Tau­ranga Moana Biose­cu­rity Cap­i­tal pro­gramme,” Mr Hutch­ings said.

He said re­cov­ery from Psa was an achieve­ment the en­tire ki­wifruit in­dus­try could be proud of. KVH and NZ grow­ers were pas­sion­ate sup­port­ers of the na­tional strat­egy of cre­at­ing a biose­cu­rity team of 4.7 mil­lion peo­ple.

“We’ve worked hard in the biose­cu­rity space to en­sure a re­silient and united voice for the ki­wifruit in­dus­try, and it’s great that our ef­forts — and those of the peo­ple who have worked with us over the years — have been recog­nised with this award.”

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