A recurring topic in the newsflashes on this spring has been the reporting of various types of climate-induced damages – and for good reason too. The changing climate of the region is now causing long-term shifts in environmental conditions for agriculture. Raspberry production in Hungary has shrunk to a fraction of its volume over the past two decades.
Labor shortages in the agricultural sector are causing worries for makers of Estonia's fruit and vegetable preserves and may mean higher prices in the stores. Salvest, which produces preserves made from berries, received produce from Estonia, for instance from Saaremaa-based Saarek, though it also gets its raw materials from other countries, it says.
The rains registered in Colima have caused a decrease in the production of pitahayas in municipalities such as Piscila, where the harvest was half as big as in the previous year, stated Enrique Garcia, a producer. "The plants started to flower in April. In other years, they already have pitahayas by April.
The fruit harvest in the Spanish region of Aragon will be 15% smaller than in 2019, totaling some 530,093 tons, according to the agrarian organization Uaga. This drop will be caused both by the inclement weather conditions in the spring and by a 3.52% reduction in the cultivable acreage devoted to fruit trees in the region.
It is not just the current corona crisis that is proving challenging for fruit growers in Europe. They are facing another issue - night frost. Temperatures have plummeted over the past few nights. Cold nights are also being forecast for the rest of the week. Some Belgian fruit farmers take stock after the first reports of damage start trickling in.
Australian pineapple growers admit that the impact of the drought will continue to impact the fruit's crops for the next 12 months. President of Australian Pineapples says Stephen Pace says recent rainfall has been welcome and encouraging, but with a 2-3-year crop cycle, everything in the ground for the last 12 months has felt some sort of impact.
The profitability crisis of the Spanish fruit sector has also taken its toll on kakis. The crop that seemed a profitable alternative to citrus in the Region of Valencia no longer offers the guarantees that it used to. "The potential of kakis had been exaggerated," said José Ramón Pous, a producer from Algemesí.
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