The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have declared eradication in the Oriental fruit fly outbreak in the predominantly agricultural Redland area of Miami-Dade County. Due to early detection and rapid response, no quarantine was required during this program. This successful Oriental fruit fly eradication is the second one during this administration, both of which were in Miami-Dade County.
“Hundreds of our agriculture industry members have been on high alert during this program, and I cannot thank them enough for their support of eradication efforts,” stated Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
Protecting Florida’s $120 billion agriculture industry from invasive pests and disease is one of the department’s top priorities, and over the past eight years, the department has successfully managed significant eradication programs to defend the industry.