Portions of Cal Poly Pomona have been officially placed in an oriental fruit fly quarantine zone by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The quarantine zone, which will last for seven months, extends from downtown Pomona to Temple Avenue.
This action was prompted by the discovery of a mated female fly found in Pomona last week.
The quarantine does not affect fruit or vegetables grown at Spadra Ranch or Pine Tree Ranch, nor does it affect sales at the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch or any of the farmers markets it attends.
During the quarantine, traps with bait will be placed in all campus orchards and will be monitored in traps on a daily basis. The public, non-authorized campus personnel and students are not allowed onto any campus orchard through February 2010. Additionally, fruit may not be picked or removed from any orchard. This includes fruit that may have fallen on the ground.
Following the baiting program and cooperation with the USDA, the Department of Plant Science is confident that the quarantine will not affect the upcoming citrus and avocado harvest. No losses of vegetables or fruit, including grapes, are anticipated.