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South Africa: Langkloof hailstorm damages apple and pear crop

A hailstorm that has struck parts of the Langkloof caused significant damage in the area. Apple and pear crops were among the main produce affected. Marius van der Westhuizen, a Langkloof representative for Hortgro, said the recent hailstorm affected about 1,500 ha of the nearly 5,500 ha pome fruit production area in the Langkloof. Uniondale, Ongelegen, Misgund and parts of Haarlem were the areas affected.

Van der Westhuizen did not want to comment on the extent of the damage as it differed from cultivar to cultivar, as well as from farm to farm. He added that the full scope of the damage would likely be apparent in the next week or so as producers determined their losses.

However, according to, he did describe the damage as a huge setback for producers.

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