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Prolonged dry weather
European horticulture suffers greatest difficulties in 40 years
The heat and dry weather recorded in almost all of Europe throughout the month of July will cause the horticultural industry to suffer the greatest difficulties of the last 40 years, according to a spokesperson of the European Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processors (Profel).
He pointed out that this year's weather conditions have taken a particularly negative toll on the frozen and canned vegetable sector, as losses in the field have led to reduced and irregular supplies of fresh vegetables to the processing factories. This has resulted in high production costs and a lower availability of processed products.
Profel estimates that the legume production has been reduced by between 20 and 50%, and that of onions by between 15 and 50%. Moreover, courgette and spinach crops have also been affected.
"While the dry weather persists, there are also concerns about the crops that are harvested in autumn and winter, such as kale, white cabbage, red cabbage, Brussels sprouts and leeks. It is already clear that the weather conditions have been too dry for these crops, which will result in a production volume well below the average," warns the association.
Publication date: 8/10/2018
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