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Spain: Hailstorm hit 10,000 hectares in Lleida last Saturday

The hailstorm recorded last Saturday (12 May) hit 10,000 hectares of crops in up to a dozen municipalities in the region of La Noguera, in the province of Lleida.

This has been reported by the general director of Rural Development of the Department of Agriculture of the Government of Catalonia, Oriol Anson, in a meeting with the mayors of the municipalities affected.

The data available so far reveal that the most affected crops have been cereal crops, sweet fruit, almonds, olives, fodder and vineyards.

At the end of the meeting, Anson pointed to the need to improve the conditions of agricultural insurances, making changes to optimise the system, expanding and adjusting the coverage to the reality of the harvest's development and to the changes in the weather.

Anson also said that some areas have only been very slightly affected, while in others the extent of the damage is close to 100%.

In the case of fruit trees, the damage has affected both the fruit and the branches in the areas where the hailstorm has been stronger.

Provisional data point to damages recorded in 287 hectares of stone fruit, 314 of top fruit, 8,132 of winter cereal, 702 of fodder, 598 of almond and olive trees and 41 of vineyards.

Source: EFE

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