The extreme conditions in the grape growing belts of Indian districts like Niphad and Dindori have badly affected the vineyards. Many grape growers from the district have reported cracking of the fruit. As the cold affects the growth of sugar ingredients in the fruit, grape growers in the district have stopped harvesting.
At Vattavada, the famed cool-season vegetable cultivating village, Pappiyamma seems visibly perturbed. Like most of her ilk here, this small-scale farmer has lost almost all the yield from the previous two harvesting seasons. The yield of the prime season in August, which coincides with Onam, is usually the one that compensates for any losses in the second and third harvesting seasons that fall around November and January respectively.
The first frosts of winter affected a total of 6,548 hectares and caused damage worth more than 3.7 million euros, stated the Minister of Agriculture, Miguel Angel del Amor. The economic damage amounted to more than 3,760,000 euros, which is a very high figure for the first wave of cold, according to the minister.
Weather is like a jester, in Italy. The North is fighting against drought, while the Centre and the South are experiencing strong and persistent rains and snowfalls. In the coming days, temperatures are expected to rise, with snow present only at high altitudes and strong winds, especially in the islands.
Potato crops in the ‘red soil’ villages of Famagusta were severely damaged by frost on Wednesday night as temperatures fell below zero. “The frost affected several potato crops in areas spanning from Sotira until Xylofagou and significant damage was caused,” Giannakis Gabriel, the regional secretary of the Union of Cyprus Farmers (UCF) said on Thursday.
Low pressure coming from Northern Europe did not affect southern Italian produce much. FreshPlaza contacted Gianfranco Romano, regional president of Coldiretti Matera, in order to better understand the current situation. “The lower temperatures were not a big issue. Even though the temperatures reached -1.5°C, citrus fruits did not experience any problems as a temperature change is necessary for the good preservation of the fruits’ organoleptic qualities”.
Prices in various banana production areas showed different degrees of decrease this week, with some production areas experiencing major price adjustments. And this weekend already saw a new cold current for most provinces in south China. Some areas in Guangdong, Guangxi, and Yunnan reached their coldest temperatures in history.
Protected agriculture systems could be the best way to produce food, and protect the more than 50 thousand hectares of vegetables that are sown in Sonora against climate change that causes freezing temperatures, which can seriously affect the crops. Frosts are one of the most damaging elements for vegetables; last weekend, the low temperatures caused total losses in more than 14 thousand crops in the Valley of Mayo.
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