NZ: Growers' kiwifruit disease lawsuit delayed

NZ: Growers' kiwifruit disease lawsuit delayed

The filing of the kiwifruit growers' class action lawsuit against the Government has been delayed as the group behind the legal action makes sure its position is watertight.

The group, known as The Kiwifruit Claim, is still hoping to attract more growers in its bid to hold the Government to account for a devastating biosecurity incursion.

It is looking to sue the Government for what it says is its negligent biosecurity, after the Ministry for Primary Industries let Psa-infected kiwifruit plant material into the country.

The bacterial disease proceeded to destroy a large chunk of the kiwifruit industry and inflicted hundreds of millions of dollars of losses on growers and communities.

The Kiwifruit Claim had expected to file its lawsuit on Friday but spokesperson John Cameron told Radio New Zealand that has been delayed until later this week as it sorts out issues around the company involved in the lawsuit, LPF.

Mr Cameron said they are hopeful once that has been resolved, growers who are currently sitting on the fence will join.

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Found Near Mililani

Fourth Buffer Zone Created Around Leilehua Golf Course


Oct. 21, 2014

HONOLULU — Another live adult coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) has been found outside of the known infestation area on Oahu. Yesterday afternoon, CRB crews found a live female beetle in a survey trap near Mililani – south of the Leilehua Golf Course. This is several miles north of where CRB have been previously found on Oahu. On Oct. 16, a sole male adult CRB was found in a trap near the Diamond Head Lookout.

Previously, CRB continued to be found within a six-mile zone around Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-H) were the pest was initially found in December 2013. A second two-mile buffer zone was created in the Campbell Industrial Park area after a CRB was found in a survey trap in July 2014 and a third two-mile buffer zone is being established around the Diamond Head Lookout. Now, a fourth buffer zone will be established around the latest detection.

Crews will be deploying traps in higher density in the new buffer zones and conducting additional surveys for breeding sites and damage to coconut trees.

Watermelon virus outbreak prompts a re-think of Australia's biosecurity controls regarding imported seeds - ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Federal Department of Agriculture is considering tightening regulations around seed imports, in response to the outbreak of a melon disease in the Northern Territory.

Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) affects members of the cucurbit family like pumpkins, zucchinis, squashes, melons and cucumbers.

It has devastated the Territory's melon industry since first appearing on a farm near Katherine last month, leading to the quarantine of five properties.

The virus has already done considerable damage to horticulture industries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, some parts of the USA, and Canada.

John McDonald, industry development manager for Queensland's nursery industry, says there was no biosecurity method in place to screen cucurbit seeds coming into Australia for the virus.

"There is no particular testing regime mandated by Australia for the importation of that cucurbit seed against Cumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus," he said.

"From our industry's perspective, we were a bit surprised that that wasn't the case, given the virus is in a number of areas around the world.”

Isa virus found in salmon exporter in Aysén - Radio Bío-Bío

The National Marine Fisheries Service confirmed the presence of ISA virus in salmon exports, corresponding to a farm in the region of Aysén.

The discovery was made during routine sampling conducted Sernapesca, Isa where the virus was found in a salmon corresponding to a salmon company, located in 4 Centro Ballena export.

The Deputy National Director of Agriculture Sernapesca, Alicia Gallardo, said the virus does not affect humans so it should not cause alarm on the subject, however, influences exports brooders companies salmon.

Gallardo said that as part of this campaign preventive health condition Isa virus centers in neighboring crops where this specimen was found contaminated were also monitored.

Argentina's citrus industry faces its worst enemy | FyO

A positive case of Huanglongbing (HLB) pest affecting citrus detected in the province of Corrientes. NEA provinces on alert.

By FyO Press

More than U $ S 1,000 million a year and 120 thousand jobs Argentine citrus industry at risk by the advance of Huanglongbing (HLB), the most destructive citrus disease worldwide and that, so far, has no cure .

Coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Office and supported by the citrus provinces specialists INTA and SENASA work in preventing disease since 2009, when it implemented the National Program for Prevention of HLB - 26.888- ratified by the Act.

According to Carlos Casamiquela, Agriculture Minister's Office from SENASA control efforts intensified to prevent the spread of HLB. Therefore, "it is necessary to continue to support and strong collaboration of the provinces, especially in the NEA, for control," he said.

While Argentina remains free of HLB, according to Diego Quiroga, national director of Plant Protection SENASA, "the potential danger is very high and our country is going through a very delicate situation."

Russian Trade Ban, Other Trade Issues Discussed at EU Agriculture Council -

EU - The 3337th Council meeting Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting held in Luxembourg earlier this week under the presidency of Maurizio Martina, Minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy discussed the Europe 2020 strategy, international trade issues, African swine fever and the Russian ban on agricultural products.

The Council discussed the impact and implications of the Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products. Most of the member states recognised the appropriateness of the emergency market measures on fruit and vegetables and the milk sector decided by the Commission. However, in the milk sector some of the most affected countries called for additional measures to mitigate the significant fall in prices observed in their market.

The Council also:

Ministers were also briefed on international agricultural trade issues.

The Council adopted a regulation on promotion measures for agricultural products following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament. This regulation renews the legal framework for the promotion of EU agricultural products on the internal market and in third countries in the context of the very competitive environment the EU faces today.

Council President, Maurizio Martina, noted: "With the adoption of the new legal framework regarding information and promotion actions for agricultural products in the internal market and third countries, I believe that we have achieved the goal of improving the competitiveness of agriculture in the EU so as to achieve greater equity."

Europe 2020 Strategy: Contribution of Agriculture

The Council held a political debate on the contribution of the agricultural sector to the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy (13836/14).

Weekly Overview: Support to Fight African Swine Fever in EU, China -

GLOBAL - African swine fever (ASF) has been much in the news in the last week as the EU has pledged financial support towards the disease control costs within the area. Germany is stepping up its efforts to keep the infection out of the country by involving hobby farmers and pet pig owners as well as commercial producers and wild boar hunters. FAO has set up its first ASF control project in China.

African swine fever is a serious pig disease with severe economic consequences. It was first detected in the European Union in Lithuania at the beginning of 2014. Despite the stringent veterinary and sanitary measures adopted to control it, the disease has spread further to Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, causing heavy losses for farmers and operators involved in trade in pigs and pig products.

The disease seems to have been introduced into these EU states from the Russian Federation and possibly Belarus, where it has been present for several years, and where the relevant sanitary authorities have been unable to eradicate it or prevent its further spread.

Barney's biosecurity battle - Farm Weekly

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce met the team protecting the nation’s farm industry at the Department of Agriculture offices on remote Thursday Island on his two-day biosecurity tour.

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott scored all the headlines this week by promising to shirtfront Russian president Vladimir Putin during bilateral talks at the G20 in Brisbane next month.

But news of Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s ongoing battle against exotic pests and diseases threatening the nation’s multibillion dollar farming industry hardly rated a mention.

Last week, Mr Joyce visited biosecurity facilities in northern Australia to assess operations in the nation’s frontline defence against potentially deadly and financially crippling incursions like foot and mouth disease (FMD), screw fly, papaya fruit fly and rabies.

The Coalition’s agricultural election policy included $20 million to establish an emergency rapid response team for fighting biosecurity incursions.

Many fish in fish farms die thanks to vibrio bacteria | The Real Singapore

Fish farmers are losing large amounts of their stock again, this time thanks to an increase in the vibrio bacteria.

The Vibrio bacteria is naturally found in tropical marine environments but its abundance has increased dramatically thanks to warmer weather and rising sea surface temperatures.

The micro-organisms have been growing and releasing toxins which kill the fish. The remaining fish are also affected with the bacteria which can give humans diarrhoea, vomiting and fever if infected.

Humans can be infected by the bacteria if they expose open wounds to sea water or eat undercooked or raw fish which contain the bacteria.

Fish farmers have also been hit hard with 60 tonnes of fish dying thanks to the vibrio bacteria.

Mr Phillip Lim, the chairman of the Singapore Marine Aquaculture Cooperative which owns 2 farms in Lim Chu Kang lost most of their fish stock and they are left with only 200 to 300 fish after an initial stock of over 8,000.

The Agrifood and Veterinary Authority had tested samples of the dead fish as most of the farmers don’t have the equipment to do such testing.

Chancellor attends the release of funds from Taiwan to control pests in citrus crops of the isthmus

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and Economic Development, Carlos Castaneda, participated on Tuesday in the ceremony for the third disbursement to the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) awarded the International Regional Organization for Animal Health (OIRSA) for Huanglongbing control which mainly affects cítricos- and implementation of integrated pest on these crops in the region handling.

This new support from the Taiwanese government and people contribute to strengthening regional capacity RIOPPAH in controlling disease Huanglongbing, considered the most devastating citrus for its rapid expansion.

In addition, the initiative will reduce the economic losses citrus industry isthmus and contain the entry of the disease in El Salvador and Panama, as they are currently the only two countries in the region RIOPPAH that have not been affected.


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