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