California Olive Growers Concerned Drought Plan May Allow Fly Infestation To Worsen

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Wolf says the local water district isn’t helping the infestation situation. He says the water district encouraged people to plant drought-resistant olive oil trees, which could save a family $500 a year on their water bill.

“People take advantage of that; they don’t want high water rates,” Wolf said.

But inexperience in farming is only adding to the problem. Olive trees must be carefully monitored and inspected by hand for fruit flies. If not, the infestation can spread to other growers.

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