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Abandoned orchards must be monitored for pests

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) - Growers in northern San Diego County are being told to monitor their citrus and avocado groves for pests, even if they've abandoned the trees because of soaring water costs.

The North County Times says the county's agriculture department is preparing a letter to the growers reminding them of their responsibility.

Officials say farmers have been abandoning orchards in the Valley Center area in recent years because soaring irrigation costs have made them unprofitable.

However, some trees have survived on rainfall. Authorities don't want them becoming home to pests that could threaten the county's $78 million citrus crop.

The discovery of a citrus-killing disease in Hacienda Heights last week prompted authorities to quarantine 93 square miles of Los Angeles and Orange counties.


Information from: North County Times


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