Texas quarantine changes: fruit fly lifted, HLB expanded

From Southwest Farm Press

As research continues to ramp up in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (USDA-APHIS) nationwide efforts to fight the spread of Huanglongbing (HLB), or Citrus Greening disease (CG), officials have announced expansion of its existing quarantine zone in Texas to include two more counties.

The expanded HLB quarantine zone wasn’t the only news developments from APHIS concerning Texas agriculture last week. On a more promising note, APHIS announced they have lifted the Mexican fruit fly quarantine area imposed for Hidalgo County in South Texas earlier this year after three life cycles passed without finding additional Mexican fruit flies in the area.

For reasons unexplained, the latest APHIS notice, dated Oct. 28, was provided last week. But the quarantine for fruit flies was technically lifted in late August. APHIS and TDA report the Texas citrus industry followed program protocols and used various control actions to eradicate the transient Mexican fruit fly populations.

Both the HLB quarantine and the fruit fly quarantine have affected the movement of citrus plant material from the Lower Rio Grande Valley this year.

Read the rest of the story in Southwest Farm Press

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