80% of Armamar's apple production destroyed by bad weather

in News · 01-06-2020 16:16:00 · 0 Comments

About 80% of the apple production in the Armamar area was destroyed over the weekend due to bad weather, representing a loss of more than €8 million, the president told the Portuguese agency Lusa today.

“About 80% of the apple production in the area has been affected and is practically destroyed. Perhaps 20% of production may still have some commercial value, but everything else has been completely destroyed”, said João Paulo Fonseca.

“We are talking about 1,100 hectares that have been affected, if we take into account that the average is about 40 tonnes per hectare, we are talking about 45 thousand tonnes. This will cause a loss in the order of €8,.3 million , although the accounts are not yet fine-tuned ”, he said.

João Paulo Fonseca explained that the bad weather “affected the south of the county more, in the area of ??the apple”, since this fruit “is the great economic pillar of the county, alongside Douro wine”, which is produced further north .

"This directly harms fruit growers, but it will affect and harm an entire local economy, which has a very direct relationship with what is the income from this fruit sector," warned the mayor.

A warning that comes after a period of confinement, because of the covid-19 pandemic, which, “like the rest of the country, also had an impact on the fruit and the price of the apple, because of the restoration and other closed markets” , causing “some difficulty also in the flow.

This inclement weather “accentuates the difficulties in the municipality, not seeing any easy times for producers and the population of the municipality and the region” Douro Sul, considered João Paulo Fonseca who acknowledged that “easy days are not expected”.

The same opinion has the mayor of Tarouca, also in the district of Viseu, who has already visited some fruit and vegetable producers.

“It is not yet known if it is over, there are people who have lost everything. From wine, to apple, to cherry. They didn't have anything. Today I went for a walk around the most affected and I was very sad with what I saw and from what I talked about I realized that it was the total loss of a year of work with all of their lost savings ”, noted Valdemar Pereira.

In Tarouca, the accounts are not yet done, but the mayor said that, for example, in the elderberry berry there is a "very large loss, in the order of 40%, at least, although the loss is greater in the apple".

“The apple and the vine were the most affected. There are many hectares of damage. Just to give you an idea, only two producers, on apple trees, had an average of half a million tons, only two, "said Valdemar Pereira, who acknowledged that" help from the central state will be needed.

Both mayors said that on Tuesday they will meet with the Regional Director for Agriculture and Northern Fisheries to “try to support farmers and producers”.

The mayor of Armamar also clarified that he wants to “discuss support measures for producers to be able to invest in order to protect their production from tragedies”, so that they can “do the inevitable, which is covering the orchards to prevent these climatic episodes which are more and more frequent ”.


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