A strong storm on Monday, May 18, in the province of Ciego de Avila has affected the region's mango plantations destined for export, which were going to be sent to the Canadian market.
According to Oscar Benedico Rodriguez, director of the Provincial Meteorological Center, “the meteorological event was characterized by a strong linear wind with estimated speeds that ranged between 60 and 80 km/h, high gusts, hail the size of a twenty-cent coin, lightning, and locally intense rains." In less than half an hour, 57 mm of rain fell in the town of Ruspoli and 50 mm in Finca Marsella, which belongs to the Agroindustrial Ceballos export company.
Osmeny Gomez Gonzalez, director of the Frutales Ceballos Base Business Unit (UEB), said the storm winds had affected nearly 300 hectares of mango. "We still don't know what the total damage is, but we picked about 400 tons of fruit from the ground, which could be used by the industry or other destinations if they can use it."
The manager also said that it was still too early to make any assessment of the possible effects this had on Ceballos Agro-industrial's fresh mango export plan for the current year, whose main destinations are the European and Canadian markets.
According to estimates, the storm also caused the loss of 31 tons of vegetables, mainly tomato, cucumber, pepper, and eggplant. In addition, according to local sources in other areas of the company, the strong winds and rains affected 10 hectares of pumpkin and 15 hectares of banana.