France: Difficult season for producers of Île-de-France

The fruit and vegetable producers of the Yvelines and Val-d’Oise have suffered significant losses due to the frost and the rains.

“The bad weather since the beginning of May has had a very negative impact on harvesting activities. People do not come and the harvests are not good. The frost in the spring did not spare any of my peaches. I will probably end up with no harvest at all,” explains Antoine Thirouin, fruit producer in Attainville, who was expecting to harvest nearly 4 tons this year.

For the strawberries, it is the lack of sun that is responsible for the loss in yield. “Usually, we are in full production but this year, strawberries represent a loss for the farm,” adds Antoine, who also noted a delay in the ripening of tomatoes and a loss of nearly 3-4 tons of melons. 

The same situation is true for Jean-Claude Guehennec, producer in the Yvelines, whose potato production has been affected by mildew due to the rainy weather. “We adapt, we organize ourselves around the weather. For example, if there is a storm, we cannot plant or harvest anymore. The changes in the weather force us to adapt from one hour to the next. September should help us see more clearly, but it is too early to draw any conclusions.”


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