Asian Citrus Psyllid quarantine scaled-down

December 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A tiny insect that has invaded the South Valley has Ag officials preparing for a scaled-down quarantine on the citrus industry.

The Asian Citrus Psyllid can cause irreparable damage to a citrus tree if infected with a bacterial disease.

Last month, state Ag officials found two psyllids in a trap in Tulare County.

Initially, officials had thought they'd have to quarantine a 20 mile radius around the traps, but that idea met resistance from many in the citrus industry. So instead, there will be two, five-mile restrictive zones.

The first will be around the Strathmore-Lindsay area, the second around Terra Bella.

Tulare County Ag Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita said, "The citrus nursery men in Tulare County are extremely happy that they got a reprieve at least for now and we hope we won't find any new Asian Citrus Psyllids."

Growers and packers within the restrictive area will have to perform extra cleaning measures on the fruit before it can be exported.

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