Late frosts have hit plum production in southern Mendoza and hundreds of producers have already reported losses. The frosts of October 3 and 10 caused the most damage to the plants because they took place during the flowering stage.
The plums were the product most affected by the spring frosts and around 700 producers reported losses in the first three days when authorities started receiving complaints.
In a dialogue with FM VOS (91.5), Vicente Emilio Russo, of the delegation of the Ministry of Economy in the South, said that "this is an atypical year because the frosts, which were not very cold, as the temperature was only at -1.5 or -2, took place at a sensitive moment in the development of the plants; thus, the frosts of October 3 and 10 were almost deadly because they took place at sensitive moments."
Regarding the damage, he said "the producers see it, and there has been an intense number of complaints regarding plum losses. We can also notice it as the fruit's transport has a shorter cycle."
Russo said that they would know the real scope of the damage after the inspections and added that this is a real dramatic moment "because the plum sector was recovering after having had a good harvest last year but a low exchange rate. It's a pity that this happens now that the exchange rate is improving and the sector has started to recover markets with dried plums. We'll find out how many losses we had due to the frosts once the inspections are finished."