Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Archives
The offices of the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner announced TODAY that two other Asian citrus psyllids (ACP) were detected on a trap south of the city of Exeter. The latest interceptions have been confirmed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Current maps and information are available on the site Tulare County Website of the Commissioner for Agriculture.
The CDFA has already started to saturate affected areas with detection traps to determine the extent of any infestation. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) and CDFA will work collaboratively to determine what action to take. Following.
ACP is an invasive species of high concern because it can carry huanglongbing disease (HLB), also known as citrus greening. All citrus fruits and closely related species are susceptible hosts for both the insect and the disease. There is no cure once a tree is infected. The diseased tree will decline in health, producing bitter, malformed fruits until they die. To date, HLB has been detected on a single residential property in the Hacienda Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Tulare County Agriculture Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita said its staff will continue to support the efforts of our $ 750 million citrus industry, as well as our residential citrus owners. “I want to stress that citrus fruits are safe to eat and the disease is not harmful to human health,” Kinoshita said.
Area residents who believe they have seen PCA are urged to call the CDFA Pest Control Hotline at 1-800-491-1899 or the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner.
Media inquiries relating to technical questions on Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing disease (HLB) are encouraged to contact Katie Rowland, Account Coordinator for Nuffer, Smith, Tucker Inc. at (661) 817-3638.
The best way to control HLB is to suppress the spread of PCA that can carry it. So the California Citrus Research Board has hired Nuffer, Smith, Tucker, (NST) a public relations firm, to raise awareness of PCA and HLB, especially among the many California homeowners with citrus in their garden who may unknowingly harbor the pest, and to encourage the public to take action to save California citrus.
NST’s comprehensive outreach plan included the creation of a dedicated website; sensitization of stakeholder groups; development of public service announcements; broadcasting of press releases by radio; placement of traffic points; education of elected officials; participation in community events; social media awareness; and intense media relations, including statewide media tours in English and Spanish. Outreach results include more than 100 billion impressions in 2012 alone, information sessions with 365 local authorities and elected officials in 110 cities, and the CDFA reported an increase in phone calls to the ACP hotline. For more information, click CitrusInsider.org and CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org.