The persistent and intense rains that plagued the Region of Murcia throughout March and early April have had a devastating effect on many crops, affecting some 30% of the harvests for this year. According to the agricultural and framing association COAG, of the 360.000 hectares of productive arable land in the region, 200.000 have either been "affected or heavily affected".
The bad weather has also caused delays in harvesting and pruning. which has resulted in rot, root suffocation and fungi. Broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce are among the most damaged crops, with 80% of the harvest showing signs of root rot and suffocation, translating into losses in the region of €12,000 per hectare.
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