The invasive Oriental Fruit fly, one of the planet’s most destructive agricultural pests, has been eradicated in Miami-Dade County following a September outbreak, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday.
“The entire Miami-Dade community stepped up to the plate to help eradicate this pest,” Putnam said. “Everyone affected by this threat rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to defend not only Miami-Dade County’s $1.6 billion agriculture industry, but also Florida’s more than $120 billion agriculture industry.”
The Oriental Fruit Fly infestation was the latest in a succession of invasive pests in Florida, Putnam said.
“We cannot allow lax oversight at ports and airports to damage—and in some cases decimate—Florida agriculture. Let’s not lose any more of our precious crops to invasive pests and disease. Florida agriculture’s more than $120 billion impact on our economy, support of more than 2 million jobs, and production of food and fiber that feed our global population are too important,” Putnam said.
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