Florida lawmakers are close to passing legislation to help fund efforts to eradicate the citrus greening disease.
In its proposed fiscal year 2013-14 budget, the state’s House is recommending $8 million to fight huanglongbing or HLB which is also known as citrus greening.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Tallahassee stated the state will receive $6 million in federal farm bill funding to help eliminate and control pests and diseases affecting agriculture.
“This funding will help Florida protect its agriculture from pest and disease invaders that are threatening entire industries,” Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said in a news release. “We must continue to fight to save our citrus, our honey bees and our environment for future generations.”
The money expected to strengthen pest surveillance, detection, identification and mitigation for the state’s citrus and avocado crops as well as in other areas, according to the release.
Citrus greening caused growers to abandon millions of trees and has reduced the state’s citrus acreage.