Asian citrus psyllid Find in Tulare Affects Citrus Fruit Movement
California’s Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) establishing a quarantine area around the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) detection sites in Tulare County. It is estimated that there are 11 packing houses and 21,520 acres of commercial citrus that fall within the quarantine area, which is approximately a five mile radius around the detection sites.
All fruit leaving the quarantine area must be cleaned of leaves and stems before it is moved from the quarantine area. At the present time, groves cannot be treated with pesticides as an alternative to cleaning. CDFA has requested approval from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to implement this option, but APHIS has not approved it as of today. Compliance agreements are required for growers, haulers and packers if fruit is moved from the quarantine area. Parties should contact CDFA’s ACP Exclusion Office in Visalia at (559) 636-7410 for additional information about compliance agreements.