Hailstones damage Cocentaina olive crops
A heavy hailstorm in Cocentaina during the early hours of Sunday morning wreaked havoc on local olive tree groves, severely bruising olives and knocking them off the trees.
The olive-picking season is due to start next month, but authorities fear that the area comprising Agres, Alcoleja, Alfafara and Cocentaina has lost up to 500,000kg of olives.
A local agricultural cooperative calculates that around 30% of the crop has been destroyed.
This year, due to the rains over the winter, a bumper olive crop was forecast for this autumn. Unfortunately, this will no longer be the case.