Two consecutive nights marked by a severe drop in temperatures in many municipalities of Valencia, have worsened the damage already caused to kaki
To the point that according to the first estimates forwarded by the Valencia Farmers Association (AVA-ASAJA), the losses resulting from the aforementioned climate impact will amount to around 10 million euros.
Currently, about 20% of kaki is still pending harvesting, an equivalent of around 2,600 hectares to which frost has caused considerable and unequal damages, while in some farms it has affected the totality of the harvest and others have not been entirely affected.
“In any case, -notes the president of the agrarian organization, Cristóbal Aguado- we want to send a message of reassurance, because the circumstances show that most of the kaki production is protected under the agrarian insurance, in such a way, that the vast majority of growers whose plots may have suffered the effects of the temperature decrease will be compensated by the mentioned insurance. What is important now is that Agroseguro carries out the expert field reports in a fast and efficient manner.”
The consequences of cold weather on kaki and contrary to what usually happens with other products like citrus, are very obvious to the naked eye and hence, damaged fruits will not be placed in the market and will thus avoid the risk of affecting the prices of that part of the harvest that has not suffered any frost damages and is going to be sold fresh.
Citrus and vegetables
AVA-ASAJA also notes with regards to the cold wave that there are many areas in Valencia where temperatures have remained below zero degrees for several hours, a situation that has also begun to arouse some concern among citrus growers, who also fear that their crops may have been affected by the temperature decrease to a greater or lesser degree. However, it should be emphasized that in the regions where the frost has been most intense, harvesting is already at a very advanced stage and almost over, so therefore, these have not suffered any negative consequences.
In any case, we will have to wait for both, fruit development and the performance of temperatures during the next few days in order to determine the extent of any possible damage. Likewise, other vegetable crops like artichokes or lettuces that are still in the developing stage, are suffering the effects of cold weather.
By contrast, it must not be forgotten that the drop in temperatures is also benefiting other crops such as fruit trees and rain-fed trees, since they are being provided with the necessary cold hours during the winter rest period.