Spain: Rains causing loss of 250,000 tonnes of tomatoes in Extremadura

Unión Extremadura has advised tomato growers to submit the corresponding damage reports to Agroseguros in the coming days, as the persistent rainfall will entail "significant production losses," which in a first assessment have been estimated at "more than 250,000 tonnes worth 18,750,000 Euro." The organization reports that more than 100 litres per square meter were recorded in Vegas del Guadiana and about 130 litres in the area of ​​Alagón and Arrago, in the north of Extremadura. "These rains, which have been beneficial to livestock, are causing significant damage to tomato plantations," warned the statement.

The Unión estimates that, of the 18,000 hectares planted, "more than 10,000 suffer symptoms of root asphyxiation." They specified that these plants will "suffer the loss of the root system at the time of the fruit's development" making it "essential" for producers to submit the damage reports to Agroseguros in the coming days, as the rules "require victims to issue them in the days following the damage."

At the same time, it was noted that the remaining 7,000 hectares of crops that have not yet been planted, also because of the rain, will have "lower yields because of the delay in the planting" and the risks involved in the possibility of excess heat being recorded during the bloom.


Source: EFE
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