Damage was recorded on Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples, and Williams pear; varieties more present in the area, which would translate into large losses in the next harvest.
On the other hand, the weather forecast is not encouraging since it is expected that between today and tomorrow there will be a storm with “probability of hail fall”, reported from the AIC.
In this framework, the Secretary of Fruit Culture of Río Negro, Facundo Fernández, said that the inspectors provided a report on the damage to production due to frost.
“It was a frost of not very low temperature, but very long; there is likely to be damage to the fruit that is not yet manifested,” he warned.
According to the official, “we carried out a technical survey in different areas, from the first day until today, and a little bit we are seeing in which sectors and which varieties there are damages.”
“In any case, we continue to pay attention to the fruit that is on the plant and we don’t know if it is going to be fruit that is lost or ends up in a quality deformation,” he added.
Next week there will be a new meeting of the team of inspectors to define different measures to assist the affected producers, such as the extension of last year’s emergency, the new emergency this year for the victims and exceptional benefits for the affected producers in both seasons.
Finally, Fernández reminded the producers that “the sworn statement forms to report the damage are still available in the chambers of each city.”