Although Murcia missed the worst of Storm Filomena, there was still significant damage caused to leaf crops, particularly in the 'Alto Guadalentin" area. This region suffered damage totalling €5.8 million, and the Cartagena Mar Menor area which lost around €1.3 million worth of crops. The municipalities most affected by the drop in temperatures were Lorca, Cartagena, Torre Pacheco and San Javier.
This has created shortages in the supply market, and has added to the problems caused in other crop production areas which have been much worse affected, leading to price increases in many items.
Although Murcia produces some 430,500 tons of lettuce every year, with 16,000 hectares dedicated to lettuce production in the Campo de Cartagena and Guadalentin Valley, there may still be some shortages, as the cold has also caused a pause in the development of planted crops.
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