More than 2,000 fruit producers in Petrolina are faced with losses of around R$ 60 million (€9.6 mln) with the loss of 30,000 tons of grapes and mangoes due to the rains that fall in the municipality lately. According to the Petrolina Rural Producers Union (SPR), the rains drenched the orchards , increased diseases such as mildew and has compromised the production of fruits in the pruning, harvesting and flowering stages.
When it comes to the grapes, the fruit that is most sensitive to weather conditions, excess water causes a drop in production, delayed harvests and, consequently, a lack of product on the market. According to estimates by the SPR, the damage to the grape has already exceeded R$ 33 million with the loss of 20,000 tons of the fruit. In the mango crop, producers account for losses of around R$ 27 million with the loss of 10,000 tons.