Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, announced that the government had decided to declare an agricultural emergency in the Region of Valparaiso due to the water shortage that affects the area. "We have signed the decree that officially declares this agricultural emergency due to water scarcity," said he said.
On Sunday morning, several teams from the Regional Secretariat of Agriculture visited the Region of Coquimbo to assess the damage generated by last Saturday's 6.7-degree earthquake. The work intensified on Monday, and much of the effort has gone to the Province of Limari and Elqui, where the greatest amount of damage has been reported, especially in irrigation works.
The Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, decreed an agricultural emergency zone in the municipalities of Mostazal, Graneros, Codegua, Machali, Rancagua, Requinoa, Rengo, Olivar, Malloa, and Chimbarongo, due to the complex situation that the hailstorm that took place on November 12 and that affected agricultural producers in those locations generated in that area.
Two weeks after a severe hailstorm that affected horticultural production in numerous regions of Chile, associations representing blueberry, table grape, cherry and kiwifruit growers have released initial impact assessments. Unusually large hailstones, heavy rain, and strong winds hit the country’s central-southern regions on Nov. 12, just as the harvests for the summer export season were getting underway.
The intensity of this Monday's rains and hailstorms in south central Chile affected many crops. Some producers have registered more damages than others. The question is to what extent this will this affect exports and employment in the region. The president of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (Asoex), Richard Bown, said that the regions of O'Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Bio Bio, and Araucania were affected by the weather event.
A major hailstorm has hit fruit production in Chile’s central and southern regions, and although damage assessments are still being made, it seems that there have been significant losses for numerous crops including cherries. The adverse weather event struck on Monday between the Metropolitan and Biobio regions, with the most severe impacts being reported in the foothill areas of the mountains.
Chile is starting to use bees to increase the flowering of almond trees. The trial use of a bee attractant on almond trees in 10 orchards in October, was a success. This innovative technology, which is widely used in California and widely recognized in the United States, had not been used before in Chile. However, the tests have shown that it has led to a nearly 25% increase in the number of blossoms.
Given the recent frosts in the central zone, the Citrus Committee of ASOEX spoke about the status of the citrus orchards and the actions that their associates, which represent about 75% of Chile's citrus exporters, need to take. According to the Chilean Meteorological Directorate, during week 22, minimum temperatures below -2.0° C were recorded in the regions of Valparaiso, Metropolitana, and O'Higgins.
The company reports that its Yatac cultivation center, located in the Los Lagos Region, which was in full harvest period, was affected by the bloom of algae that caused the death of thousands of fish, estimating the volume in 1,600 tons . Invermar assesses the loss in US $ 8.25 million, but points out that the biomass was insured and that the Insurance Company was duly informed
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