The DANA that passed last week throughout the country has created all kinds of material damage and the main sector, especially agriculture, is not immune to these bad effects of severe weather good parts in Spain suffered in the form of Torrential rain. This is a huge boom in the production of almonds, one of the best-selling nuts in Spain.
The drought in many parts of our country caused a drop in almond production estimated by COAG (Coordinator of Farmers and Livestock Organizations) between 30% and 50% lower than the forecasts made.
This adds to the blow DANA has taken on production. Some agricultural associations have already reported the damage caused by the downpour, which affected the collection of already harvested almonds, which caused production to drop further.
The Valencian Farmers Association (AVA), which is part of Asaja, reported that although DANA has had a beneficial effect in many aspects, partially compensating for the lack of rain in the past months, it has affected the almond fields awaiting harvest. .
In a statement published on their website, the AVA explained that in some cases the fruits waiting to be harvested were lost during the rains, with a consequent impact on production.
Similarly, the Union of Farmers also explained that the effects of DANA “caused a lower almond harvest than expected” in its area of action, the Valencian Community. In this region the reduction in yield due to drought is 6%, the association estimates.
A situation combined with the effect of strong winds and rains in DANA, which dropped a part of the harvest on the ground, “making difficult the tasks of collecting almonds in the areas that produce our territory.”