Subject 40-4-7 REGULATIONS FOR THE MOVEMENT OF VEGETABLE TRANSPLANTS INTO GEORGIA
|(1)||Vegetable transplants may be moved into the State of Georgia only if in compliance with the regulations established in this chapter.|
|(2)||For the purposes of this Rule, "Vegetable Transplant" means any plant for planting, including but not limited to members of the Alliaceae family (leek, onion, etc.), Asteraceae family (lettuce), Brassicaceae family (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.), Cucurbitaceae family (cantaloupe, squash, watermelon, etc.), Malvaceae family (okra) and Solanaceae family (eggplant, pepper, tobacco, tomato etc.) where the fruit or vegetative part will be consumed for food.|
|(1)||Vegetable transplants must be free from aphids, leaf miners, thrips, whiteflies, and other leaf or sap feeding insects.|
|(2)||Vegetable transplants must be free from diseases, including but not limited to, Late Blight (Phytophthora infestans), bacterial fruit blotch of cucurbits (Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli), black rot of cabbage (Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris), downy mildew of brassicas and (Peronospora parasitica), downy mildew of cucurbits (Pseudoperonospora cubensis), cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus, cucurbit leaf crumple virus, squash leaf curl begomovirus and other geminiviruses, closteroviruses or other Bemisia species whitefly or other insect vectored diseases determined by the Commissioner of Agriculture to be detrimental to vegetable or fruit production in Georgia.|
|(3)||The Commissioner of Agriculture or his agent may order transplants to be quarantined or destroyed if the transplants are believed to be or if they exhibit signs or symptoms of insect infestation or infection with a plant disease.|
All states. Additional restrictions apply to states known to be infested with cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus, cucurbit leaf crumple virus, squash leaf curl begomovirus or other viruses determined to be detrimental to vegetable or fruit production in Georgia.
All vegetable transplants.
|(1)|| All vegetable
transplants moved into Georgia must be regularly inspected during the growing
season and be certified free of the plant pests noted above by the Plant
Protection Official of the state of origin. The last inspection must be made no
more than three days prior to pulling or shipment.
|(2)|| Additional Restrictions for the states of
Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, or any other state where cucurbit
yellow stunting disorder virus, cucurbit leaf crumple virus or squash leaf curl
begomovirus are known to be established:
|(1)|| Vegetable transplants that are certified
under the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Program are permitted
entry into Georgia provided that:
|(1)||All vegetable transplants must be accompanied by an official certificate of inspection issued by the Plant Protection Official of the state of origin certifying compliance with these regulations and restrictions.|
|(2)||Vegetable transplants which are not accompanied by an official certificate of inspection or found to be in violation of these rules will be subject to confiscation and/or destruction without further notice or compensation.|
|(3)||Prior notification of regulated commodity shipment is required for the states of Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, or any other state where cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus, cucurbit leaf crumple virus or squash leaf curl begomovirus are known to be established. The shipper shall send by mail or facsimile a copy of the certificate of inspection or State Phytosanitary Certificate to: Vegetable Transplant Inspection/Certification Program, Plant Protection Division, Georgia Department of Agriculture, P. O. Box 114, Tifton, Georgia 31793; facsimile 229-386-7052.|
Any person organization or business that violates the provisions of this Chapter or who interferes with or obstructs an agent of the Commissioner shall be guilty of a misdemeanor upon conviction thereof, and shall be punished by a fine of no more than $1000 and/or one year in jail.