...those who report possible infections are the 'first line of defense' in preventing the spread of [citrus diseases].
Sacramento, California (PRWEB) February 28, 2012
USDA’s new “Save Our Citrus” website provides relevant information needed for the Spanish-speaking community to make informed decisions about citrus disease.
Spanish speakers involved in citrus agriculture will now be able to access USDA information that explains how diseases such as citrus black spot and sweet orange scab pose a serious threat to citrus plants and how transporting citrus across state lines can spread these diseases.
The Spanish website includes important quarantine alerts, citrus safety tips and an interactive map that highlights affected areas in the U.S. and surrounding regions.
Most importantly, Spanish-speaking site visitors will be able to report any plants they suspect are infected. According to USDA, those who report possible infections are the “first line of defense” in preventing the spread of these detrimental citrus diseases. Anyone who suspects citrus greening, citrus canker, citrus black spot or sweet orange scab should report it to USDA immediately. Facilitating quarantine can reduce the probability of spreading a citrus disease.
To learn more about USDA’s Save Our Citrus program, visit http://www.salveloscitricos.org or http://www.saveourcitrus.org. To learn exactly which diseases threaten which specific counties in each state and territory, visit saveourcitrus.org/index.php/affected-areas.
About Save Our Citrus: The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) recently launched a “Save Our Citrus” program. The goal is to inform the nation about the threat of citrus disease and its potential damaging impact on citrus agriculture while providing ways to report suspected disease. The website includes extensive information about each citrus disease, a map detailing affected areas, citrus safety tips, links to additional resources and information about the need to quarantine certain fruits.