Finding wild asparagus sprouting at the feet of his almond trees puts a smile on the face of Juan Garcia Chacon, a Spanish farmer. The natural vegetation is a sign that the farm’s strategies to counter erosion are working. Mr. Chacon, who last year left a job as a vehicle test driver to farm alongside his retired father, is one of many farmers across Spain’s Andalusia region who are working to find new agricultural practices to counter the dry winds of climate change.
The Spanish county of El Bierzo closed the 2018 season with a recovery of its apple and pear productive potential, but now the sector is once again threatened by the weather. The temperature swings, with summer heat in February and winter-like rains and frosts in April, are putting the region's top fruits in serious trouble.
The crops of the Region of Murcia have suffered the consequences of the first spring frosts, after the minimum temperatures dropped as low as five degrees below zero between March 23 and 26, causing losses estimated at 14.7 million Euro. The most affected areas are those of the Altiplano, Alto Guadalentín, Vega Alta and Northwest, namely Jumilla, with 2,825 hectares, Lorca (1,530 ha), Caravaca (904), Yecla (850), Moratalla (716), Cehegín (584) and Bullas (229 hectares). However, damage has also been recorded in the Rio Mula county and other areas of the Region.
A detailed report prepared by the technical services of the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) reveals that since last September, the losses accumulated by growers dedicated to the cultivation of oranges and mandarins amount to around 300 million Euro (295.9 million, to be precise).
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