Saturday, June 04, 2005

Duda's Felda Citrus Grove Quarantined

FELDA, FL. -- A citrus grove of A. Duda & Sons Inc. in Felda, south of
LaBelle is under quarantine after state inspectors announced this week that
a canker infection was suspected. The Duda grove supplies replacement trees
for it's company groves and sells some to commercial growers. A. Duda & Sons
is a grower and marketer of vegetables, citrus, sod, sugarcane and cattle
with headquarters in central Florida. In LaBelle, operations include about
10,000 acres of sod and citrus, a fresh fruit packinghouse and a juice
processing plant.

Florida has about 1400 square miles of land under citrus quarantines where
no citrus plants may be moved in and nothing moved out of the area. Hendry
county' largest area ever being quarantined was in 2002 with about 125
square miles covering the Siboney grove area north of the Big Cypress
Seminole Indian Reservation and east of SR833. Closest area to LaBelle now
under quarantine are the groves north of Sears Road with four square miles.

No comments:

Post a Comment