KVH and Onside are working together to make it easier for everyone in the kiwifruit industry to keep records of plant material movements.
Growers, packhouses, suppliers and contractors are now able to use Onside to report all plant material movements and keep simple records from the field. This makes meeting traceability and record-keeping requirements of the new Kiwifruit Pathway Management Plan easy and efficient, and expands KVH’s ability to protect our industry by tracing movements quickly and accurately in the event of an incursion.
KVH is providing a free tool to help meet the requirements of the new plan, and everyone in the kiwifruit industry can now utilise the Plant Pathway functionality within the existing Onside app to monitor plant movements.
Who does it affect?
The Pathway Management Plan affects everyone in the kiwifruit sector, from growers, contractors, and suppliers to pack-houses and post-harvest. Keeping out unwanted diseases and being able to quickly spot and track anything that does get into New Zealand and onto our orchards is imperative as it could affect everyone in the industry. Our biosecurity efforts have greatly increased over the years, and we are in a good place, but we can raise the bar even higher. Collective response is needed to address this challenge so that together we protect everyone’s livelihoods, and businesses.
By using the Plant Pathway functionality within Onside, anyone who interacts with plant material will be able to report material movements and keep records quickly and easily when in the field, while at the same time enabling stronger biosecurity protection for all.
Automatic or manual recording
Everyone is required to keep records of plant movements and Onside has worked alongside KVH to develop a tool designed for growers that is able to be used in the field on a mobile device, without the need for physical notebooks or clunky spreadsheets.
While KVH encourages the use of Onside’s Plant Pathway functionality, you can still manually record and store records in a way that suits you. Records must be able to be produced if requested by KVH and if physical records are your preference, a template is available for download from the KVH website here.