The storms in much of the Upper Valley discharged hail in the southeast area of the town of Villa Regina last weekend, which led to local growers mobilising. They also sent photographs showing medium to large stones, which fell mainly in the eastern part of Villa Regina, in the direction of Chichinales.
In some sectors the hail precipitated for about five minutes and was then accompanied by abundant water that dissipated the danger of damage to the fruit. The hail appears a few days after the William’s Pear harvest began throughout the Valley region, a key variety for this city because of the volume and quality that is harvested in each fruit season.
The only damage seems to have occurred in the Villa Alberdi farms, although it is not ruled out that in other areas the storm has also hit production. It should be noted that yesterday there was an alert from the Interjurisdictional Authority of Cuenca (AIC), which was in force over much of the Valley area.
An article on en24.news explains that Villa Regina encompasses about 4,200 hectares of land under fruit cultivation. According to the latest data provided by the Senasa, there are about 2,200 hectares of pears and about 1,800 hectares of apples.