Committee approves funding for apple maggot monitoring program

 

The House General Government Appropriations Committee voted Friday to move a bill that would fund apple maggot monitoring systems. Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, co-sponsored the companion measure in the House.

Senate Bill 5765 would provide $150,000 from the Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Account to help control apple maggots. The account is funded through assessments paid for by the produce industry.

“Washington is first in the nation for apple exports. If we can't prove our apples are not infested, no one will buy Washington apples,” Chandler said. “This $150,000 will protect at least $300 million in apple exports to places around the world.”

As ranking Republican on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Chandler believes the monitoring program is crucial to protect Washington's agricultural exports and interests.

“Agriculture will help lead us back to economic prosperity,” Chandler said. “We must do everything we can to help farmers, processors and all those involved in agriculture to be successful.”

The bill now goes to the House Rules Committee for consideration on the floor calendar. It was passed out of the Senate 46-0.

For more information, contact:  Sarah Lamb, Public Information Officer – (360) 786-7720

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