Partnership brings award win
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has won an industry biosecurity award from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
KVH chairman, Dr Dave Tanner, said the win recognised KVH’s pivotal role in managing the initial outbreak of Psa and developing robust biosecurity processes and resources to boost the kiwifruit industry’s biosecurity integrity.
“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,” he said.
KVH chief executive, Stu Hutchings, said there was no doubt that by working in partnership, better biosecurity outcomes could be achieved. KVH was the first organisation in the country to sign up to a Government Industry Agreement (GIA) enabling 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,” he said.
“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.”