California Avocado Crop Largely Intact Reports the California Avocado Commission

Oct 25, 2007, 01:00 ET from California Avocado Commission

    IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Wildfires that swept through
 Southern California this week affected the state's largest avocado growing
 region, but the California avocado crop remains intact, according to the
 California Avocado Commission.
     "Our primary concern has been the personal safety of our growers and
 their families," said Commission President Mark Affleck. "Some growers have
 suffered losses and we will do everything possible to help them through
 this difficult time."
     Although damage reports are still coming in, and fires continue to burn
 in portions of San Diego County, accounts of avocado losses have been
     "Early reports from other sources stated that 20,000 acres of avocados
 were lost in the fires in San Diego. This information was incorrect," said
 Guy Witney, the Commission's Director of Industry Affairs. "The actual area
 affected is expected to be only a fraction of that amount."
     Before the fires, California was expected to produce about 365 million
 pounds of avocados during the 2007-08 crop year. The Commission is now
 reevaluating the crop, which is likely to be 10 percent smaller than
 initial projections because of the fires and Santa Ana winds.
     "We'll know more in the coming weeks," Witney said. "The Commission
 will issue an updated crop estimate once all the information is in."
     About the California Avocado Commission
     Based in Irvine, California, the California Avocado Commission was
 created in 1978 to develop markets for and increase consumption of
 California avocados on behalf of the state's 6,500 avocado growers. The
 California Avocado Commission serves as the official information source for
 California avocados and the California avocado industry.
     CONTACT: California Avocado Commission 949-341-1955

SOURCE California Avocado Commission