Cherries may also be affected

Spanish medlars and nectarines suffer cracking due to rains

In general terms, the rains recorded during the Easter holidays in the Region of Valencia have had a good impact on agriculture and livestock farming, although the excess water has caused cracking in some stone fruits, such as medlars and nectarines.

According to a first assessment from the general secretary of La Unió, Carles Peris, the early medlar and nectarine crops in the areas of Callosa d'En Sarrià and the Pobla del Duc have been affected by the continued rains, causing them to suffer cracking because of the excess water.

Cherries, which are a very sensitive crop, could have also been affected in the area of ​​Maestrat, in La Salzadella, although it is still too early for the actual extent of the damage to be estimated.

Branch breakage and road damage have also been reported in the last phase of the storm, although this will only have a small impact, according to Peris.

In general terms, the rains have been "well-received" after a fairly long period of dry weather, especially in inland areas, where "serious problems" had been observed in the development of almond, olive, vine and cereal crops.

In addition to the benefits for the crops, the rain has refilled the water reserves, as it has rained in river headwaters and aquifers in the coast.


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