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Fruit Fly Response February 2015 - Update

MPI has confirmed another male fruit fly has been found in a pheromone trap within the Grey Lynn Controlled Area, bringing the total number detected to five. Although small numbers of flies may continue be captured over the coming weeks, MPI is confident that this remains a small isolated population that will be successfully eradicated. NZ Avocado and all other potentially affected industry groups continue to be involved in daily conference calls with MPI where industries have the opportunity to stay updated and provide feedback. GIA signatories, Pipfruit NZ and KVH, are providing additional direction to response efforts as part of the Response Strategic Leadership team. NZ Avocado has also been ensuring that all avocado exporters and New Zealand marketers who may need to transit through the Auckland Controlled Area are aware of the movement controls. Significant ground operations are continuing. A detailed operations update is on the MPI website (click here to view) and highlights are below: Field teams are also applying insecticide bait throughout the Controlled Area, informing residents about the controls and inspecting gardens and rubbish bins. Insecticide bait is being applied to fruiting trees and plants throughout the Controlled Area. This bait contains a protein that attracts both male and female fruit flies and a small amount of fipronil insecticide, which is an insecticide used most commonly in pet flea collars. About 5-6 spots of the bait are applied per property (with the fruit fly host trees only). Approximately 126 field staff are out today (from MPI, operations provider AsureQuality and partners, including Auckland Council and horticulture industry). Approximately 80 people are working on the operation in MPI’s Wellington Head office. A Controlled Area was established on Wednesday 18 February with the issuing of a Controlled Area Notice. This restricts the movement of fruit and some vegetables out of the specified area.· In total there are 544 disposal bins deployed throughout the Controlled Area. These bins are cleared regularly. Approximately 1300 kilos of produce waste is collected from these bins daily and safely disposed of. Since the discovery of the first fruit fly, MPI has placed 307 traps to lure any male fruit flies present in Zone A. There are 193 traps in Zone B. Traps in Zone A are checked daily and those in Zone B are checked every 3 days. As above, there have been no further positive finds over and above those already publicly notified. MPI is running a field laboratory identifying any insects trapped and also cutting and testing fruit and vegetables collected from properties in the Controlled Area. Yesterday MPI scientists sliced and inspected 36.56 kilograms of fruit. To date there have been no restrictions applied to horticultural exports from New Zealand. We are receiving questions from some importing countries, but their responses to date have been measured. No commercial avocado orchards have been identified within the Auckland Metropolitan area however NZ Avocado welcomes any details of avocado production sites within 25 km of Grey Lynn. Contact Jen or Brad with any information or questions - 0800 286 2236. Full details of the Auckland Fruit fly response are maintained on the MPI website http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/pests/queensland-fruit-fly 

Fruit Fly Response February 2015

MPI has confirmed the discovery of an isolated population of Queensland fruit fly in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn. Adult fruit flies have now been found within traps and on a lemon tree, along with larvae infested fruit, on a property near the original detection. MPI and GIA partners are now deploying significant resources to respond to this localised incursion and are confident that planned treatments will successfully eradicate this population. Treatments are likely to include targeted ground-based spraying of areas under fruiting trees and additional baits and traps will also be used to attract and kill female fruit flies. For members of the public, the existing controls on fruit and vegetable movements remain largely the same for the 1.5km Controlled Area. An additional export restriction zone now extends for 3.5km from the location of the last detection. Produce susceptible to fruit fly cannot be exported from within this zone. There is no commercial avocado production in this zone. Key trading partners have been made aware overnight of the most recent developments through direct communication with MPI staff. The avocado Industry is reminded that in these situations importing countries can change their import requirements without notice so it is vital that any updates to the Media are accurate and in line with MPI’s official notifications. NZ Avocado requests that no grower or industry representative discusses the response with media. Please direct all media enquiries to Jen Scoular, CEO NZ Avocado. jen.scoular@nzavocado.co.nz or 021 741 014. Further information about the Queensland fruit fly, the exclusion zones and MPI’s media releases are on the MPI website at: http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/pests/queensland-fruit-fly

GIA and Biosecurity Act levy consultation and grower vote

NZ Avocado Growers’ Association (NZAGA) is seeking a grower mandate to become a signatory to the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity (GIA) and to establish a compulsory Biosecurity Act Levy.  A grower referendum via a postal ballot will be held during March 2015 to ascertain support for both GIA and the associated Biosecurity Act levy.  Consultation is on-going with information outlining the proposal on the NZ Avocado website www.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/government_industry_agreements.csn  An information pack will also be accompanying the ballot papers being posted to all PPIN holders. All growers currently producing avocados for export or local market are eligible to vote.  To have your say please ensure the NZAGA has your contact details. If you are not currently registered with NZAGA and would like to vote, please contact NZ Avocado on 0800 286 2236.  Meetings to discuss the GIA and levy proposal are being held throughout March 2015 – we encourage all growers to come and ask questions and provide feedback.  GIA consultation meetings  Please call us or email Jo jnunn@nzavocado.co.nz to register for any of the below meetings.  Bay of Plenty - Monday 9 March • Te Puke - 9:00am - The Orchard Church (Café area), MacLoughlin Drive • Omokoroa - 12:00pm - Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Road • Katikati - 3:00pm - Katikati Community Resource Centre, Beach Road  Northland - Friday 13 March • Whangarei - 9:00am - Kingsgate Hotel, Riverside Drive • Kaitaia - 2:30pm - Houhora Fishing Club, Far North Road The significance of having a well-resourced and effective biosecurity system has been highlighted with Vietnam looking to block Australian fruit imports from 2015 due to insect concerns. Australia's management of fruit fly has come into question and no one horticulture industry has been singled out. Therefore all fruit fly host industries within Australia (including avocados) will potentially lose market access from the beginning of 2015. The Vietnamese market is worth over US$40 million to Australia’s fruit exporters and these significant trade impacts re-enforces the NZAGA’s board view that being part of a GIA and helping to maintain NZ’s pest freedom status is a priority for the New Zealand avocado industry. More information can be found here: http://www.freshplaza.com/article/133051/AU-Time-running-out-for-access-Vietnam-market  We welcome feedback on GIA so please contact us or make a comment in the NZ Avocado Growers' Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/nzavocado

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Upcoming Events

Te Puke Meeting - Board seeks your vote on GIA and establishment of Biosecurity Act levy

09:00 AM, 09 March 2015

Town:  Te Puke Date:   Monday 09 March 2015 Time:   9:00am Venue: The Orchard Church, MacLoughlin Drive (Café area)  Board seeks your vote on GIA and establishment of Biosecurity Act levy The Avocado Growers’ Association (NZAGA) is seeking a grower mandate to become a signatory to the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity (GIA) and to establish a compulsory Biosecurity Act Levy. A grower referendum via a postal ballot will be held during March 2015 to ascertain support for both GIA and the associated Biosecurity Act levy. Consultation is on going with information outlining the proposal on the NZ Avocado website: http://industry.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/government_industry_agreements.csn An information pack will also be accompanying the ballot papers being posted to all PPIN holders. All growers currently producing avocados for export or local market are eligible to vote. To have your say please ensure the NZAGA has your contact details. If you are not currently registered with NZAGA and would like to vote, please contact NZ Avocado on 0800 286 2236.  Meetings to discuss the GIA and levy proposal are being held throughout March 2015 – we encourage all growers to come and ask questions and provide feedback.    

Katikati Meeting - Board seeks your vote on GIA and establishment of Biosecurity Act levy

03:00 PM, 09 March 2015

Town:  Katikati Date:   Monday 09 March 2015 Time:   3:00pm Venue: Katikati Community Resource Centre, Beach Road Board seeks your vote on GIA and establishment of Biosecurity Act levy The Avocado Growers’ Association (NZAGA) is seeking a grower mandate to become a signatory to the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity (GIA) and to establish a compulsory Biosecurity Act Levy.   A grower referendum via a postal ballot will be held during March 2015 to ascertain support for both GIA and the associated Biosecurity Act levy. Consultation is on going with information outlining the proposal on the NZ Avocado website: http://industry.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/government_industry_agreements.csn An information pack will also be accompanying the ballot papers being posted to all PPIN holders. All growers currently producing avocados for export or local market are eligible to vote. To have your say please ensure the NZAGA has your contact details. If you are not currently registered with NZAGA and would like to vote, please contact NZ Avocado on 0800 286 2236. Meetings to discuss the GIA and levy proposal are being held throughout March 2015 – we encourage all growers to come and ask questions and provide feedback.    

Omokoroa Meeting - Board seeks your vote on GIA and establishment of Biosecurity Act levy

12:00 PM, 09 March 2015

Town:  Omokoroa Date:   Monday 09 March 2015 Time:   12:00pm Venue: Omokoroa Settlers Hall, Omokoroa Road Board seeks your vote on GIA and establishment of Biosecurity Act levy The Avocado Growers’ Association (NZAGA) is seeking a grower mandate to become a signatory to the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity (GIA) and to establish a compulsory Biosecurity Act Levy. A grower referendum via a postal ballot will be held during March 2015 to ascertain support for both GIA and the associated Biosecurity Act levy. Consultation is on going with information outlining the proposal on the NZ Avocado website: http://industry.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/government_industry_agreements.csn An information pack will also be accompanying the ballot papers being posted to all PPIN holders. All growers currently producing avocados for export or local market are eligible to vote. To have your say please ensure the NZAGA has your contact details. If you are not currently registered with NZAGA and would like to vote, please contact NZ Avocado on 0800 286 2236. Meetings to discuss the GIA and levy proposal are being held throughout March 2015 – we encourage all growers to come and ask questions and provide feedback.

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