South Carolina’s Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers is pleased to announce that part of the 20+ year old sweet potato quarantine has been lifted in two South Carolina counties.
In the early 1990’s North Carolina declared an exterior quarantine on sweet potatoes coming from Beaufort, Charleston and Colleton Counties due to a weevil pest on sweet potatoes in those counties. In 2004 Clarendon and Florence were added to the quarantine. It’s those two counties where the restrictions have been lifted.
While North Carolina is generally recognized as the number one sweet potato producer in the country, the effects of being able to move product from South to North Carolina primarily involves processing.
Weathers says their hope is that the quarantine will be lifted for the original three counties will be lifted in the next couple of years.