Latest floods in Castellon could cause citrus crops to rot

The countryside of Castellon has been hit again by a squall from the Atlantic that brought with it strong storms. The precipitations exceeded by far the accumulated 100 l/m² practically throughout the territory in the regions of Plana Alta, Alcalaten, and Baix Maestrat, and, in some specific cases, they have exceeded 200 l/m², as in Borriol (266 l/m²), La Pobla Tornesa (241 l/m²), Xodos (206 l/m²) or Vistabella with (200 l/m²). These precipitations have caused flooding in the lower areas, flooding fruit and citrus orchards that haven't been collected.

Jose Vicente Guinot, the president of the Provincial Federation of Farmers and Ranchers of Castellon (Fepac-Asaja Castellon), warned that if the fields remain flooded for several days after the last torrential rains, the waters could cause major root suffocation and fungi issues, as well as rots in the citrus that hasn't been harvested.

"Since we are currently at an important moment of the orange harvest, with varieties such as Lane Late, Powel, or Valencias, if the humidity of these rains is persistent, we could have rotting issues in the fruit. In addition, there will be a delay in the harvest until the farms are dry and workers can enter them."

In the absence of more specific valuations, the rains seem to have been beneficial for rainfed crops and their harvest.


Source: EFE / 

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