In Corsica, the kiwi crops have not been spared by the cold. For Pascal Fazi, who has been growing nearly 5 hectares of kiwis since 2015, the frost has caused significant damage.
Kiwis normally like the cold, but the young shoots are literally burned. “The more rustic kiwi fruit can withstand very cold, even negative temperatures when it is winter. But what happened here is that the deceptive mild temperatures followed by intense cold destroyed the early flowers on the trees,” explains Pascal Fazi. With warm temperatures in March, up to 25°C, the young shoots had bloomed.
“Going around the estate, it became clear to us that approximately 50% of our production has been destroyed. We might be able to save the remaining shoots but nothing is certain. It is a real blow for me and not the first one, as I have already endured two floods.”
Regarding the agricultural disaster forms, Toussaint, the father of Pascal, claims that “the affected farmers must indeed send a duly documented file about their losses to the Chamber of Agriculture which will then arrange for them to receive some aid.” And for the producers who do not qualify, an exceptional aid fund was announced a few days ago by the government to compensate for the lost income.