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Spain: Winds damage more than 60% of avocados
More than 60% of the avocado and citrus harvest in the east of La Palma has been affected by the wind storms of recent days, according to data made public by the Council of Agriculture of the Cabildo de La Palma.
When it comes to vegetables (mainly early potatoes), the extent of the damage oscillates between 30 and 80%, while banana plantations have suffered damages estimated at between 20 and 30% of the production in Santa Cruz de La Palma. Meanwhile in the Breña Baja coast, this same crop has suffered greater damage, with an average close to 50%.
Also, more than 25% of the citrus and avocado production in Puntallana has been affected, while in San Andrés y Sauces, growers have reported damage on bananas, citrus fruits, avocados and potatoes. Particularly noteworthy was that suffered in the farms of Los Galguitos and in south-oriented plots or near ravines, whose damage is estimated at 10%.
Meanwhile, the Aridane Valley reports damages on bananas, citrus fruits, avocados and potatoes, with about 6% of the harvest affected, and in Fuencaliente, banana trees have been the most affected. The farms located in the areas closest to the sea have also been heavily affected due to the influence of the seas caused by the strong waves.
In Tijarafe, producers have reported the fall of banana trees in the area of Amagar; in some plots, up to 40% of the trees have fallen. In the same area of the municipality, around 20% of avocado trees have also fallen.
As for potatoes, the plantations that have suffered the most have been those where the planting had happened more than a month ago (especially in Tinizara), where losses are estimated at around 40%.
When it comes to vegetables, no significant damage has been reported to the few crops that are still in season in the open ground at this time. As for almond trees, there has only been a slight loss of flowers and breakage of some branches, with production losses estimated at around 5%.
In Garafía, damage to potato crops in the areas of Don Pedro and Franceses affects 10% of production, while in almonds the loss is estimated at 5% due to the loss of flowers and the fall of branches.
The storm causes average intensity damage to banana plantations
In recent weeks, the Canary Islands have been affected by a storm that has brought winds of more than 109 km/h and rains that have discharged up to 40 litres of water per square metre.
In recent days, about 3,000 farms have reported damages and the forecast is to reach up to 4,000. So far, around 7,300 affected plots have been registered, although this figure is estimated to reach 9,000.
All the islands have been affected, especially on the western and north-western areas, registering damage in around 2,553 hectares.
The most affected island has been La Palma. In the areas of Puntallana and the airport, the damages recorded have affected between 30 and 40% of the production.
In Tenerife, the area of Isla Baja has been the most affected, with losses amounting to around 20% of the production. Damage has also been recorded in the southern area, around the areas of Las Galletas, Adeje or Santiago del Teide.
The island of Gran Canaria has been the least affected, with some damages to greenhouses in the north, while in the island of La Gomera, damage has been reported mainly in the area of Hermigua, and in El Hierro, the most affected have been the open ground crops.
Source: Europa Press / Asprocan
Publication date: 3/9/2018
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