Cold snap is disastrous for Slovenian fruit crops

The cold snap that hit Slovenia last week caused damage to all types of fruit orchards, as well as disrupting the development of vineyards, olive groves and legumes. The Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry has indicated that, in some areas, the whole fruit crop is gone.

Boris Orešek, the head of the KGZS's fruit growing section, stated in an online press conference on Friday that record low temperatures wreaked havoc at orchards and plantations across the country. "Never before have fruit growers been in such a difficult situation. On the one hand we have cold rooms still full of last year's apples and pears that are hard to sell, and on the other hand we have orchards all empty due to the frost," said Orešek.

The damage was caused by extremely low temperatures and a lengthy frost. The region of Primorska, which has the mildest climate, has had frost since March and in other parts of the country it set in at the beginning of last week.

According to, the damage to apple and pear blossoms in the Maribor, Celje and Ptuj areas is 50-70%, while the proportion of damaged blossoms of other trees such as peaches and plums is 60-100%. In Istria and Primorska even vegetables in greenhouses were affected by temperatures that fell to minus 6.5 Celsius and in the broader Nova Gorica area 80-100% of fruit trees have been affected.

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