There will be a lack of fresh artichokes because of the frost in the Region of Murcia

The cold is not letting up in the Region of Murcia. Low temperatures, which have dropped below zero in the community, are wreaking havoc on artichoke, lettuce, and broccoli crops. The long exposure to the cold is slowing down the plants and will cause production to be momentarily paralyzed, stated the technical coordinator of the Mediterranean Food Cooperative (Alimer) of Lorca, Francisco Martinez Minguez. "Production freezes so we have to wait longer for the plant to produce again."

In addition, there are very low temperatures throughout the day, so workers cannot enter the fields until late in the morning when the sun shines at its highest. "They usually go to work at eight or eight-thirty in the morning. Now they can't go before half-past eleven, which is when the sun begins to heat up the crops and the plants have lost their ice," stated Martinez Minguez.

The affected artichoke will be canned
The cold has stained the first leaves of the artichoke so it cannot be sold fresh, but it will be canned. "30 to 40% of the artichoke is stained. There's a considerable difference in the price of fresh artichokes and canned ones. The artichoke that wasn't affected will achieve good prices because there will be some shortages," stated the director of Campo de Lorca, Juan Marin.

According to Antonio Moreno, also from UPA, the markets won't notice the lack of artichokes until the end of the week or the beginning of next week because part of the harvest had already been carried out and there's still product in the warehouses. "There will be an increase in prices in the market. This will be caused by the lack of product there will be."



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