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France - Apricot production in Rhône-Alpes partly destroyed by violent storm

A hailstorm of rare violence hit the Rhône-Alpes Region on Saturday June 15 in the early afternoon. Coming from Ardèche, it crossed the Rhône Valley and the North of the Drôme from West to East, to go up through the Isère Valley.

Very large hail caused impressive damage to orchards, destroying the entire production and sometimes the orchards in their path, a strip 15 to 25 kilometres wide. Many municipalities are affected: La Roche de Glun, Saint Donat, Châteauneuf sur Isère, Brun, Granges les Beaumont.

Out of the 16 companies in our collective were affected, losses are estimated at 13,000 tonnes of apricots and 3,000 tonnes of peaches.

In apricots, in this area considered one of the most important in France, the destroyed potential is therefore nearly 25%. These losses represent 16% of the national potential of the AOP.

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