Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors was ready to sign off on an amended agreement with the state of California for ongoing use of the Riverside County Office of Agriculture for enforcement of regulations intended to contain and eliminate citrus greening disease.
The county made an agreement with the California Department of Food & Agriculture last July for on-site inspections, confiscations, documentations and other measures focused on identifying and mitigating threats and risks posed by the Asian citrus psyllid.
The original contract amount was $560,271. Under the proposed modified agreement, this would be increased by $116,992, according to county Agricultural Commissioner Ruben Arroyo. He added that the augmentation is necessary to cover unanticipated costs associated with the county-operated enforcement program.