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Hungary: Apricot and peach harvest may be reduced due to frosts
Based on a survey on the condition of the flower buds, apricot and peach producers may expect crop losses, as reported by the chairman of the Fruit Executive Committee of FruitVeb, the Hungarian Vegetables and Fruit Interprofessional Organization and Product Council.
According to Apáti Ferenc, in those places where the night temperatures did not fall below minus 12-14 degrees Celsius, no fruit species suffered flower damages. However, temperatures between minus 14 and minus 19 degrees Celsius may have caused more damage to apricots and peaches. In those conditions, at least 20 to 40 percent of the flower buds could still develop into fruits if the weather conditions remain favourable in the next two months.
According to an expert, the most badly hit will be the places where temperatures fell below minus 20 degrees Celsius. In most of Transdanubia, in the southern part of Bács-Kiskun and the southern part of Csongrád, there was significant damage to flower buds, especially of apricots and secondly of peaches. In these areas, there is a degree of bud damage that will lead to significant losses. Many businesses and/or plantations will actually have to deal with the loss of the entire production.
According to the survey, sweet cherries, sour cherries and plums are also expected to record some losses, but these will not be significant on a national level. In the case of apples and pears, no material damage is expected.
Publication date: 3/14/2018
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