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Up to 100% losses

Cold spell decimates W. Ukraine's stonefruits

Fruit-Inform reports that an unexpected cold spell has decimated orchards and berry plantations in the western and some central regions.

On the night of April 25th, air temperature fell to 4-6 degrees below zero, causing serious damage to orchards in Chernivtsi, Khmelnytskyi and Zakarpattia Oblasts with some farms reporting of losses of up to 100% of their stonefruit crops.

Berry growers from Cherkasy Oblast also talk of damages and expect losses to reach 30-40% in the region, with plantations under early strawberries said to have suffered the most.

Meanwhile, the situation in the southern regions of Ukraine (the main stonefruit producing ones) is more optimistic: lack of sharp drops in temperature and moderate rainfall have created favorable conditions for blossoming and fruit set.


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