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Performance Audit of the Citrus Fruit Dealer Licensing Program Jointly Administered by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Department of Citrus , Report No. 12186, November 1993

  • The current processes used to license citrus fruit dealers are unnecessarily complex. The Program could be merged with a similar program administered by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) that regulates dealers of other types of agricultural products; this merger could reduce costs and streamline operations.
  • While defaults by citrus fruit dealers represent a relatively small portion of the total transactions within the citrus industry, individual producers have suffered substantial losses in recent years due to dealer defaults. The Program's surety bond process provided recovery of only 20% of the losses incurred in the closed cases filed for the fiscal year 1988-89 through 1990-91 citrus seasons, resulting in over $2 million in unrecovered losses.

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