California Issues Quarantine For Backyard Grown Produce After Detecting Invasive Fruit Flies

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News in brief: California state agricultural officials have imposed a quarantine in South Bay communities after the discovery of invasive oriental fruit flies, threatening fruits and vegetables. The 112-square mile quarantine prohibits the movement of backyard-grown produce and will be in effect for at least two weeks to eradicate the fruit fly population, with residents encouraged to report sightings.

State agricultural officials in California, United States, have issued a quarantine for backyard grown produce in several South Bay communities after discovering invasive oriental fruit flies.

The California Secretary of Agriculture announced on Wednesday, September 6, that eight oriental fruit flies had been detected in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale.

In response, authorities called for a quarantine of a 112-square mile portion of the county, covering all of Santa Clara and portions of other South Bay communities.

The oriental fruit fly is a small, invasive pest that can damage several variety of fruits and vegetables, and it has been discovered in 478 plants. It is a major threat to California’s agriculture industry.

The quarantine measures prohibit the movement of backyard grown produce from the affected area. This includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers. It also prohibits the transportation of nursery stock, such as trees and shrubs.

The quarantine will remain in place for at least two weeks. During this time, agricultural officials will be working to eradicate the oriental fruit fly population.

Santa Clara County’s Agriculture Commissioner, Joe Deviney, said it is disastrous for the oriental fruit fly to get established in Santa Clara County and California. He lauded the quarantine step, saying it was key in preventing a dire situation.

Residents in the affected areas have been urged to inspect their backyards for fruit flies. They are also to report any sightings to the California Department of Agriculture.

Joseph Akahome
Joseph Akahome
Joseph O Akahome (OJ) is a writer, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature from the University of Benin. He is an avid agriculturist, with a bias for poultry and an insatiable appetite for chicken wings. When he is neither reading nor researching, he likes to spend recreational time playing board games, or swimming in serene forested lakes.

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