Cold weather affects Mexico's avocado crops

The intense frosts recorded in Coahuila have led to losses estimated at 1.5 million pesos in Arteaga's avocado production. 

Everardo Duran, the mayor of Arteaga, stated that the low temperatures in winter had dried the avocado trees planted in Potrero Canyon and the town of Nuncio. 

"We have had few ill effects ourselves but the crops in Potrero Canyon were lost because the avocado trees were frozen. Producers have had losses that range from 1 to 1.5 million pesos," he said, and ruled out that they could request support from the Natural Disasters Fund (Fonden). 

When asked about the support that avocado producers would receive after the contingency, the mayor replied: "They lose a year. They can prune their trees right up to their trunks and recover the avocados in a year." 

Duran Flores also said that the cold wave registered in the last two months would benefit the production of apples and peaches. 


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