A state official said recently that more than a fifth of the cotton harvest has been affected by an infestation of bugs.

Sanitation and Inspection Director with the state Department of Agriculture Development Belem Avendaño said mealybugs were first detected in 2011 in 0.1 percent of harvest areas and have spread to 21 percent, representing 6,990 hectares or 17,272 acres.

Adelante Valle Editor Arturo Bojorquez can be reached at abojorquez@ivpressonline.com or 760-335-4646.

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