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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Spain: Heavy rains kill partially the vegetables harvest and the olive grove

The rain and snow falling in the province of Granada in last few days has destroyed 20% of the vegetable harvest and 15% of the olive groves, according to COAG Granada. The secretary of the agricultural sector in the province, Miguel Monferrer Montoro, praised the recent rains because the reservoirs have recovered and explains that they are beneficial to the cereal and livestock, but "have been a blow for the producers of fruits, vegetables and olive trees who are losing their crops", he said.  He continues to explain that in this regard the Granada coast has lost over 2.5 million kilograms of tomato and cucumber due to splitting of the fruits and botrytis – 20% of the harvest - while olive producers have not been able to collect the entire crop due to heavy rains. These provisional figures, as the rains continue are adding to the extensive damage to the agricultural infrastructure, such as greenhouses, breakwaters, or ditches, and on rural roads in the province. Therefore, COAG is requesting that the government declare the area a catastrophic zone and to give extraordinary support to the fixing of the agricultural infrastructures and coverage for damages covered by insurers, among other measures.

Source: Fresh Plaza