Italy: Whirlwind damages farms in central Italy

On Monday 29th of October 2019, central Italy was hit by a fierce whirlwind, which brought many farmers to their knees. This area is one of the best fruit and vegetable production areas in Italy. Some partners of the OP La Flacca, who are part of the AOP Luce consortium, experienced problems.

The roofs of the greenhouses were blown off and in some areas they even completely fell apart. Months of work and investment were wasted, together with the vegetables ready to be harvested.

One of the farmers hit by the whirlwind  said, “We were right in the middle of harvesting tomatoes and beans; in a few minutes, everything was gone. I lost all the money I invested in these last years. It will take 6 months to start working again, at least”.

Some producers had just planted lettuce, which is a typical fall-winter crop in that area and unfortunately a large part of the produce was lost. The ‘fortunate’ farmers only saw the roofs of their greenhouses being violently taken off.

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