Hail­stones dam­age Co­cen­taina olive crops

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

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.

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