A tornado demolished a large area of greenhouses in El Eljido, Spain, on Saturday. First estimates suggest an acreage of 200 hectare being damaged and demolished. Photos and videos of the tornado show complete covers being torn apart. El Ejido is located between Almeria and Motril and is known best for its pepper cultivation. "Also eggplant and cucumber greenhouses were demolished, but mainly the pepper nurseries have been hit the hardest", an employee of a Spanish cooperation tells us.
Last week, Frutas Inma, like other exporters in Benimodo (Valencia), was readying itself for the home stretch of the kaki season. The fruit was good and ready to be harvested, but a few nights of frost later and the season changed drastically. “Of the remaining 30% that we are able to harvest, 90% is a write-off. It is a disaster”, says Technical Manager, Ernesto Machancoses, showing the damaged fruit.
Spain’s Valencian Farmers Association (AVA-ASAJA) has doubled its persimmon loss estimate to €10 million, after growers suffered another night of frosts. Earlier this week the organization had said the persimmon industry would likely suffer a €5 million loss due to freezing temperatures, but on Tuesday it said there had been more frosts on Monday night.
Frosts over recent days in the Spanish region of Valencia are estimated to have caused €5 million (£4.4 million) worth of damages, according to the Valencian Farmers Association (AVA-ASAJA). The organisation said a sharp drop in temperatures had resulted in a series of severe frosts that have caused crop loss in certain areas, especially La Ribera.
Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops -- and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent. Nearly all of Portugal has suffered extreme drought conditions during the last six months, which has not happened since 2005. A majority of Spain has also received considerably less rain than it normally would.
At 22.15 last Tuesday, members of the Provincial Consortium of Fire Prevention and Extinction of Cordoba managed to extinguish a fire declared first thing in the morning in a garlic warehouse of Aguilar de la Frontera, in Cordoba, which stored around 280,000 kilos of the product. The fight against the fire required the use of three vehicles, each with a capacity of 8,000 cubic metres.
A new alarm has been raised by Valencia's citrus producers after the widespread detection for the first time of orchid thrips (Chaetanaphotrips orchidi) attacks in certain citrus production areas of the Region of Valencia, as confirmed by the Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA) following a growing number of reports. The areas where the most cases have been detected are the municipalities of Tavernes, Xeraco, Oliva, Carcaixent, Sueca and Polinyà; that is, in the comarcas of La Safor and La Ribera.
The Union of Unions of Growers and Ranchers believes that the Xylella bacterium is an issue that not only has an impact on the autonomous regions affected (the Regions of Valencia and Baleares), but that given its severity, it should also be addressed by national and European authorities. Last week, the executive committee of the Union of Unions met in Valencia with its counterpart, the Unió de Llauradors, in order to analyse the situation and launch a joint strategy across the country that serves to inform growers and stop the bacterium's possible spread.
Agroseguro announced that this year compensation for losses for winter cereals and legumes will reach EUR 201.5 million, of which EUR 190 million refer to drought and frost damage and EUR 11.5 million refer to hail. The indemnities will exceed the annual amount paid in this line of insurance throughout the history of agricultural insurance.
Last week's fire in Huelva, which started in the municipality of Moguer and reached the very gates of Doñana, has caused damage to at least 80 hectares of berry crops, as estimated by the Spanish Association of Combined Agricultural Insurance Providers (Agroseguro). The estimate of the sector, however, is that the agricultural area affected by fire far exceeds this figure, since there are a number of uninsured farms in the municipal terms of Moguer, Almonte and Lucena which were also affected.
Technicians from the Regional Council of Agriculture of the Government of Valencia started Monday with the destruction of trees and plant material hosting the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa within a radius of 100 metres of a plantation in Guadalest. It is the first time that the bacterium has been detected in the Peninsula. These actions are part of the protocol launched last Friday, after the presence of the bacterium was detected on a plot with almond trees in the municipality of Alicante.
HEAVY rains have led to a ‘disastrous’ cereal crop this year, a farmer’s spokesperson has said. Winter downpours forced farmers to sow their crops later than they normally would. “The spring has been very dry,” said Biel Torrens, from the Union of Farmers. DISASTROUS: Mallorca crops hit by weather “The cereal has been damaged and its performance will be much lower than average.” Many farmers have decided not to harvest the crop this year and are instead using the cereal as food for animals.
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