The harsh frosts earlier in the year followed by severe hail in spring and summer has affected Valencia’s kaki producing regions, reducing yields by 40%.
“At the moment, it seems that we will harvest between 35% and 40% less than we expected before the frost and hail storms took place. That is about 360 million kilos,” says Pascual Prats, new president of the Spanish Kaki Association.
Planting was delayed at the start of the season by fifteen days due to abnormally low spring temperatures.
The slow start was compound by intense hailstorms in late spring/summer which destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of citrus crops.
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