Spain: Damage to stone fruit by frosts estimated at over 24 million Euro

Last Monday, the Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives of Murcia (Fecoam) made an estimate of the consequences of the frosts recorded on 23 and 24 February for stone fruit trees in the region. The value of the losses may exceed 24 million Euro.

The low temperatures recorded, which reached values ​​of up to minus 6 degrees Celsius, caused significant damage to fruit farms in several municipalities in the Altiplano, Noroeste, Rio Mula and especially in the Vega del Segura, affecting peaches, nectarines, Paraguayo peaches and apricots.

In recent years, the stone fruit sector had been involved in a major varietal renewal, with the planting of early and extra-early varieties, and the frosts have been especially harmful for these varieties.

When it comes to peaches, nectarines and Paraguayo peaches, the acreage affected in the Region of Murcia is estimated at about 1,050 hectares, which entails the loss of 4,000 tonnes of peaches, 13,000 tonnes of nectarines and 7,900 tonnes of Paraguayo peaches.

As for apricots, a total of 1,000 hectares are affected, with a production loss of about 6,000 tonnes.

In total, some 2,250 hectares of stone fruit crops have been affected. This means that 30,900 tonnes worth 24,350,000 Euro have been lost.


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