Hailstorms were the weather phenomenon that caused the most damages to Spanish agriculture in 2020. The damages it caused forced Agroseguro to pay producers compensation amounting to 227.4 million euro.
Last year's hailstorms started earlier than in other years. The insurance company received the first claims during the month of January. There were hailstorms throughout the whole year. According to data from the insurance company, the hailstorms in June and July caused the worst damage and resulted in almost 100 million in compensation. In June, the intense storms registered in the Ebro valley and Levante left serious losses in stone fruit, cereal, citrus, and table grape productions, and in July, the strong hailstorms in Valencia, Ciudad Real, and Cuenca caused heavy damage to the wine grape.
It is worth noting that the insurance company received claims every day between April 7 and August 30, which amounted to 169.5 million euro in damages.
The Mediterranean area was particularly affected by hail. The producers of the Valencian Community and Catalonia who were insured received compensations that amounted to 36.4 and 34.2 million euro, respectively. Castilla-La Mancha was the third most affected autonomy, with compensation amounting to 32.8 million, followed by Aragon, with 30.3 million euro. In the case of Murcia and Extremadura, the total compensation exceeded 25 million.
Fruit production, in general, was affected the most, with 135.8 million euro in total. Compensation for damages in sweet fruits, which under the insurance are grouped by fruit trees (peach, apricot, pear, plum, and apple), amounted to 89.9 million.
Compensation for citrus crops and vegetables as a whole stood at approximately 20 million euro, respectively.
The subscription period for the agricultural insurance with hail coverage (module P) is still open for producers. The fruit insurance line closes its subscription period on April 30 in a large part of Spain, except in the Ebro valley and in El Bierzo, which close on May 20 and 30, respectively.
According to Agroseguro, over the last five years, the total compensation for hail amounts to 861 million euro.