Palestinian growers in the Beit Lahia area have asked the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to help them weather the losses that were caused by three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around their fields. The rainfall also flooded greenhouses and subsequent soil erosion destroyed crops during the strawberry harvest season.
Bioplanet is currently intervening with useful insects in strawberry crops in Campania. Bumblebees are used for pollination and phytoseiidae are used against red spider mites. "Favoring pollination with bumblebees is an established technique. All businesses part of Coop Sole use it to improve quality and it is not only employed for organic crops, as I believe 95% of our market is aimed at companies using integrated pest management techniques and bumblebees".
Strawberry production in Mahabaleshwar, a popular hill station in Maharashtra, which accounts for almost 80 per cent of the total strawberry produced in India, has been affected due to extended rainfall and lockdown restrictions. The extended monsoon which led to heavy rainfall during September and early October has adversely affected the fruit quality as well as output, said producers from Mahabaleshwar.
Poland is the largest producer of currants, gooseberries, raspberries and the second largest producer of strawberries in the EU. With a share of over 50%, Poland is an important EU producer of frozen fruit and soft fruit concentrated juices. Poland is the world's largest producer of currants and gooseberries, and in recent years also raspberries and the fourth in the world in apple production and fifth in strawberry production.
Estonian Horticultural Association (Aiandusliit) has estimated that the losses for the nation’s strawberry growers -mostly due to the pandemic and its associated labor shortages- constitute about 60-70 percent of the harvest. To combat this, the Ministry of Rural Affairs had promised a method for evaluating if, where and from what source strawberry growers' yield loss has derived, by the end of July.
Just one month ago, Jennifer Gilkerson worried about the impact of COVID-19 on her strawberry farm. To add to her already full plate, frost visited Sunset Berry Farm, taking nearly half their crop. “It’s hard not to be a little bit down this year,” Gilkerson said. “We sort of feel a little defeated, but that’s what happens in farming.”
A new strain of a deadly fungus has wiped out part of Florida's strawberry crop this winter, causing perhaps millions of dollars in losses and raising fears of a new permanent pest. First discovered in the Plant City area east of Tampa -- the center of strawberry production in the state -- the fungus took hold just as harvest season was beginning in December.
Huelva's strawberry production has been slowed down by the low temperatures recorded in recent days, so the volume harvested so far is insignificant, according to Rafael Domínguez, manager of Freshuelva. Regarding the demand, Domínguez said that "the European supply and demand of strawberries at Christmas have stood at the usual levels for that time of the year, after which the demand has dropped considerably and is currently scarce."
Most of the crops grown in the Metapontino area (Basilicata region), and more specifically in the territories of Scanzano Jonico and Policoro, were promptly restored, after being hit by a whirlwind. "Outcome monitoring showed that the strawberries are restored in almost all the affected areas", explained Salvatore Pecchia of AssoFruit Italia.
Summer is the time when red fruits appear in the fields. Precious and expensive, these fragile little fruits are subject to recurring thefts. Producers are overwhelmed. When the strawberry harvests are open to the public, many eat a strawberry out of two, therefore paying only for a fraction of their consumption. This creates a rather significant shortfall for the farmers.
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