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Storms Devastate The Greenhouses in Almeria

In Como Spanish Poniente Almeriense it was damaged between 800 and 1,000 hectares of greenhouses because of heavy storms that a few days ago have hit the area. Many greenhouses were destroyed and flooded. The worst damage occurred in El Ejido and Adra, but the damaged area was also extended for certain holdings in other municipalities as Berja.

Andres Gongora, provincial secretary of COAG Almería, said: "The cultures were flooded with 4-5 cm of water and the products most affected were the peppers early, even if they were also damaged zucchini and eggplant."

A farmer intent on removing excess water from his greenhouse, he said: "It 'happened in the morning, while everyone was at home for a public holiday. Most of the greenhouses were flooded and it will take a few days before the farmers will be able to drain the stagnant water. "

In many cases, farmers had crops still in the early stages of growth, as well as plantations approaching at harvest. Now it's just waiting to see if the plants survive; expectations still are not positive and, in all probability, the farmers will have to replant everything. The extent of the damage is considerable.

Góngora concluded: "This season had provided 9,000 hectares of peppers, but in all probability the storm will reduce crops of peppers of 400 hectares, mainly between the early varieties. There will therefore be less peppers at the beginning of the season."


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