KHV in Japan - Niigata Final Report
Mr Hajime Isa has given his 5th and final report on the KHV (Koi Herpes Virus) outbreak that was confirmed in June. This can be found on the International Nishikigoi Promotion Center website. There's good news that Niigata the prefecture made famous for being the birth place of koi, has been given the all clear to lift restraints on distribution of their koi now that KHV has been eradicated totally from all their stocks. This means you can buy Niigata koi safe in the knowledge that you are buying some of the most tested and disease free koi from anywhere in the world.
This report couldn't come at a better time as the Autumn harvests start in October which is a magical time in the koi breeders calendar. By all accounts this summer continues to be very hot in Japan with the koi growing fast, so when they come to net the mud ponds hopefully they should have some great discoveries. Fortunately the outbreak occurred early in the year so the damage was well limited, but with some koi breeders and dealers struggling to recover from the 2004 earthquakes it can't have been an easy year for them. I for one am looking forward to seeing this years 'crop' and the best way we can support them is to buy their fabulous koi.