Bad weather in early February heavily damaged greenhouses in Sicily

The effects of the cyclone that hit Sicily on February 8-9 will not be forgotten soon. The company owned by Daniele Carnemolla owns 13 thousand sq m in Scicli (RG), plus another 10 thousand square meters further away.

Greenhouses in Scicli (RG) a few hours after the cyclone 

"It was right here that an artificial canal left unfinished favored the flooding of my greenhouses." 

Carnemolla, who deals with the production and direct sale of its tomatoes, saw 70% of its crops destroyed in just a few hours when 50/60 cm of water entered its greenhouses. 

The state of the crops days after the weather event that hit on February 8-9

"It was a violent weather phenomenon whose action was favored by the carelessness of man and that put an end to a certain and profitable crop, especially considering the unusually high prices of the moment at around €3/kg." 

The state of the greenhouses 20 days after the flood

Nonetheless, Daniele Carnemolla has not lost heart. "I immediately got myself some draining pumps, but the damage is done, and it is irreversible for the most part. Whatever produce seemed to have survived was actually damaged, and I received complaints with additional expenses. I am trying to at least save my plants with the help of my trusted agronomist Biagio Iemmulo, whom I would like to thank."

Carnemolla as he observes the condition of its tomato plants

"I will continue to work with what survived the event and send my cherry, plum, and midi plum tomatoes to markets in Turin, Padua, and Milan. I am still dealing with soaked soils, but I won't give up. We will see what will happen with any funding. I trust that the Region will do its part. As for now, we are still quantifying the damage." 

For more information:
Az. Agr Carnemolla Daniele
Scicli (RG) – Italia
Tel.: +39 3389008214

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