When the kiwifruit vine-killing disease Pseudomonas Syringae pv. Actinidiae (PSA) was discovered in a Bay of Plenty orchard in 2010, the kiwifruit industry faced its largest potential disaster.
PSA-V is a bacterial disease that can spread via wind and rain, and through the movement of infected kiwifruit plants, rootstock, plant material, contaminated orchard machinery, tools, equipment, clothes and vehicles.
Our nursery is a specialised Kiwifruit nursery. We do not grow any other type of plant so are totally dependent on the kiwifruit industry, and therefore have much more to lose than nurseries that are only producing kiwifruit as a side-line or fill-in.
In December 2010, Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) was established to lead the industry response to the PSA-V incursion. All nurseries providing rootstock, plants and seedlings are required to register with KVH and adhere to the KVH Protocol: Nursery Stock.