Nursing the citrus industry back to health

08/01/2007 02:00:00 AM
Elizabeth Ashby, editor

The new business plans require a grower to outline his canker and greening disease management strategies. For this season, Gaskalla said the compliance agreements and business plans are meant to be informational and educational. The department will administer compliance monitoring, but “there will be no penalties assessed for plans that deviate from the UF/IFAS disease management recommendations as long as there is some rationale for the strategies proposed,” the department says.

Business plan examples are available online at www.doacs.state.fl.us/pi/chrp/index.html. The plans want growers to identify the company, the person at the company responsible for citrus grove pest management, the person responsible for decontamination training, quality assurance and compliance enforcement, and the person responsible for grove self-survey training. They also want growers to list decontamination action plans, survey procedures, canker management strategies and greening management strategies. Sample plans from the department do vary depending on whether the grove has canker and/or greening or does not have either of the diseases.


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