Hail storms in Spain cause damage to fruit in Aragon

"Fungi and fire blight are already spreading like wildfire"

Last Saturday, heavy rains and hail were recorded in the surroundings of the Sierra de Vicor, between the municipalities of El Frasno, Sabiñán, Codos and Tobed, affecting the crops in the area, mostly cherry trees and vines. In any case, it is still early for the extent of the damage to be assessed.

Agricultural producers in the area, such as Julián Vicén, from El Frasno, said that "we are finding some fruit and leaves on the ground, especially on a strip near the A-2 motorway and towards Sabiñán," although he clarified that "we will have to wait to find out about the actual impact."

Towards the west of the demarcation, in the area of Ateca, the Automatic Hydrological Information System of the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation recorded about 30 liters per square meter, which affected some nearby farms. "The apples were still small, but some friends of mine with peaches have suffered severe damages," says Ateca-based farmer Raúl Pérez. He also said that the problem goes further. "The water fallen in recent days is causing a lot of damage. Fungi and fire blight are already spreading like wildfire."

Rainfall was also intense in the area of the Maidevera reservoir, where more than 28 liters have been recorded. The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) activated the yellow alert for intense rains of more than 20 liters in an hour, with the possibility of flooding in ravines and secondary channels, for the provinces of Huesca and Zaragoza, as well as a good part of Teruel.


Source: heraldo.es

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