It is not the first time Spanish cultivation areas have been pummelled by lousy weather. This bad weather is moving over parts of Spain. There is rain in some places, and rivers flooding in others. Streets in, for example, Murcia, are flooded. In the southern part of the Alicante province, they have to deal with the impact of a new Dana or Gota Fria, making their way across the country.
“Since last Monday, people have been rushing to buy citrus fruit because of the coronavirus. The demand is especially high for grapefruit, lemons, and oranges,” explains Xavier Rosario of Louis Rosario. The demand is increasing in all markets. For the coming days, the company is expecting a decrease in the available volumes.
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.
The windstorm has caused severe damage to banana plantations in the islands of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria and, to a lesser extent, El Hierro. The north of Tenerife, especially the plantations located in Puerto de la Cruz, is among the most affected areas, with up to 80% of the plants on the ground, and severe damages to those that are still standing.
Bad weather is the main cause of losses in the fields of Galicia, Spain. The compensations given by insurance companies for damages caused by extreme weather events last year affected more than 3,600 hectares and exceeded 1.4 million Euro, according to data provided by the Spanish Association of Insurance Entities of Combined Agricultural Insurance (Agroseguro).
A decade ago, several agricultural producers in the Valencian town of Picassent started planting kiwifruit in the region, as they were looking for an alternative to oranges, whose price was falling sharply. The manager of the Agro-Cítrica cooperative, Vicente Fort, said that this town has ended up becoming the largest kiwifruit producer in the entire Region of Valencia.
According to estimates from the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA), storm Gloria has caused economic losses totaling over 62.6 million Euro to the Region of Valencia's agricultural sector. Citrus crops, agricultural infrastructure and seasonal vegetables have taken the worst part of a storm that has caused damage by wind, cold, rainfall and hail, mainly in the regions of La Ribera, L'Horta Sud, La Safor and La Marina.
"First a flood in September and now this hail storm. The truth is that this is becoming a very difficult campaign. The weather is not giving us any rest," says Miguel López, manager of the production and marketing company Costa de Níjar. The firm's producer-partners who escaped the floods have now been affected by storm Gloria, which has mainly hit the area of Níjar in the form of hail.
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