By Steven John
Riverside County accounts for $187 million dollars in citrus products with over 16, 000 acres of citrus trees.
A tiny insect called the Asian citrus psyllid feeds on citrus leaves and stems and can infect citrus trees with a bacteria that causes a disease known as Huanglongbing (HLB). The disease is fatal to citrus trees.
On July 25, 2017 HLB was confirmed on a grapefruit tree in the city of Riverside.
Ruben Arroyo Agricultural Commissioner for Riverside County explained what measures are being taken to contain and prevent this citrus disease from spreading and how you can check your own citrus trees for the disease.
Listen the to interview in this segment of Eye on the Community.