Oriental Fruit Fly Quarantine expanded in Miami-Dade as 09/28/15

Dear growers and public, please find the information of findings by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Fly Count 

Daily Finds: ­­­1

Total count to date: 161

Date of first find: Aug. 26, 2015

Date of Last Find: 09/28/2015

Estimated end date of quarantine: 02/05/2016 (provided there are no additional finds)

Did Quarantine Area Change?  Yes. The quarantine area has been expanded by approximately 12 square miles.

Did Core Area Change? Yes, the core area has expanded.

Are There Changes to the Pre-Harvest Option?  Yes. If a property is within a ½ mile arc around the new find, only post-harvest treatments are available.

Program Highlights/Announcements

Today, a male fly was found in a new core area approximately two miles to the east of the existing core, resulting in an approximate 12-square-mile expansion of the quarantine area. This is not completely unexpected due to the amount of host fruit available and the potential for fruit movement during the initial days after the first find. The life cycle table has been updated; bringing the quarantine end date to 02/05/2016 provided there are no additional finds. Expanded trapping is underway. We continue to encourage growers and packers to enter compliance agreements that contain pre- and post-harvest treatment options that would allow successfully treated products to enter the marketplace.

Public notification of the expanded quarantine and treatment areas will be published in the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Twenty-four hours after that, male annihilation technique treatments will begin.

Updated maps, including an interactive map, are available on the Oriental fruit fly web page.

A new interactive map is available on the Industry page of the FDACS DPI OFF website as a tool to assist those requiring information about the regulatory status and associated requirements for specific locations.  http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry/Pests-Diseases/Exotic-Fruit-Flies/Oriental-Fruit-Fly-Information/Industry-Program-Information

  • The Program has developed guides to assist Grower and Harvesters as well as Packing houses and Processors in meeting the requirements of the compliance agreements for the Redland Oriental Fruit Fly Eradication Program. Guides to be posted on the website soon.

Announcements:

  • The Program set up an outreach tent in the Redland area (between Krome avenue and 184th St).  Those that stopped by could learn more about the Oriental fruit fly eradication program, ask questions, and enter into a compliance agreement.
  • Malathion 8 Aquamil is now approved as one option for ground spray in pre-harvest treatment in the quarantine zone, in accordance with your compliance agreement. Organic growers may continue to use GF-120, which is approved for organic use, and organic grower status will not be compromised.
  • The Oriental fruit fly Program continues to work closely on special operations with the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement to intercept commodities moving illegally out of the quarantine area.