Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement after the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) expanded an emergency program in Riverside County to eradicate the invasive insect Asian Citrus Psyllid:
“Combatting invasive species is an ongoing battle, and I am pleased CDFA is taking swift action to fight the spread of the Asian Citrus Psyllid. We have already seen the devastation it has caused to the Florida citrus crop, and we cannot have that repeated in California.
“Invasive species cost our economy $3 billion each year. As chairman of the new Senate Subcommittee on Invasive Species, I am committed to maximizing state and local resources to eliminate the threats of invasive pests like the Asian Citrus Psyllid.”
Recently, much of Florida’s citrus crop was destroyed by the Asian Citrus Psyllid, which spreads Huanglongbing, the most devastating disease of citrus in the world. In California, the pest was first discovered in the Hemet-San Jacinto area and has spread to Banning and Cabazon. There continue to be quarantines in effect in parts of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.