A county-wide quarantine has been issued for all of Tulare County, following the detection of two Asian citrus psyllids in two different locations in city of Tulare. The county is now the only one in the San Joaquin Valley with an all-inclusive quarantine. Kern and Fresno Counties both have partial quarantines in place. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issued a press release announcing the expanded quarantine area as “the most effective response to contain the pest.”
The psyllid is a major concern to the citrus industry because it can carry a citrus greening disease known as huanglongbing. According to The Fresno Bee, which cited statistics from the county agriculture commissioner’s office, Tulare County has nearly 120,000 acres of planted citrus producing more than $1 billion in revenue. It is also estimated that another $11 million in value exists to the industry in in nursery stock for citrus and subtropical trees.
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