Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava leads County support of South Dade avocado growers in combat against laurel wilt disease
Photo courtesy of Bee Heaven Farm located in Redland
MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners today approved a resolution in support of funding proactive measures, including tree replacement, to combat the spread of laurel wilt disease that is devastating the County’s avocado industry. The resolution, sponsored by County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, directs the Mayor to restore $150,000 in the upcoming County budget to help save South Dade’s avocado industry from the devastating laurel wilt disease. The County funding would be a match to State dollars already provided in the disease fighting effort.
“A battle is being waged in South Dade’s avocado groves, which is negatively impacting one of our most economically important crops,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “I extend my gratitude to my colleagues for supporting this critical funding to help save our multi-million dollar avocado industry.” Avocados account for approximately 7,500 acres in Miami-Dade County and have an economic impact of $54 million to the regional economy. The avocado industry has already lost more than 9,000 trees due to laurel wilt since the introduction of the disease to Miami-Dade County in 2011.