Chile: The change in rainfall can seriously harm the fruit sector

The projections of the experts estimate that the rains that were not registered with abundance between the months of June and July, could move towards the spring and even in summer. A situation that could generate serious consequences in agriculture, especially in the fruit sector.

This was stated by the manager of the Office of Agrometeorology of the O'Higgins Region, Pamela García, who said that "Normally when we have spring rains there is an affectation mainly on the fruit production, because precisely in this season the process of flowering and formation of the fruit takes place".

The expert explained that "in the rainy moments, first, some species produce a natural thinning, which sometimes is good for some, but for others the load of fruits decreases towards the end of the period" He added that "As the temperature conditions increase in this period, the risk of fungal diseases is higher, due to the humidity-temperature condition that is the perfect habitat for these affectations to develop".

Pamela García added that "from that perspective, if there are rains in spring there is a whole complication of handling the fruit and risk of having lower volumes and also problems in quality, product of off-season rains".

He highlighted the case of cherries, which "in September and October they are already forming and with the precipitation they can suffer partitions" He added that "also sometimes depending on the type of rainfall, such as when hailstones occur in seasons, it can damage the epidermis of the fruit and then a stain that ultimately results in that fruit can not go to export and have to go to the market internal".



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