The main Chilean agro-fruit territory is decreed as a "Catastrophe Zone"

The frontal system, in addition to being very violent, is the second front that has had to be endured in less than two months, both causing major flooding and crop losses.

The south-central zone of Chile, made up of the regions of O'Higgins; del Maule, Ñuble and del Bíobio, have been the scene of intense rains in recent days, the product of two fronts accompanied by the phenomenon called "atmospheric river". The intense rains have caused extensive flooding in the cultivated fields, so the losses will be large for Chilean producers and businessmen.

For these reasons, the Government of Chile has declared a Catastrophe Zone for the entire territory made up of these four regions, which are the regions where the main agricultural and fruit and vegetable export activities are concentrated.

Millionaires loses

The Federation of Fruit Exporters (Fedrefruta) initially calculates that in fruit investment in hectares and extra and intra-farm infrastructure, the losses in fruit growing due to this frontal system are at least USD 400 million.

The frontal system, in addition to being very violent, is the second front that has had to be endured in less than two months, both causing major flooding and crop losses.

The fruit union, through consultations with the regional associations that make up Fedefruta, has calculated this initial loss considering the hectares flooded by rains and river overflows, and destruction of productive assets, especially water infrastructure.

In unfolding catastrophe

This calculation by the federation only considers the areas hit at the beginning of the storm, between O'Higgins and Biobío, and only in European cherry, blueberry and hazelnut farms, warns the president of Fedefruta, Jorge Valenzuela.

"Many producers still cannot enter their fields to see the damage, and we still have to face the real dimension of losses in orchards of other species such as stone fruit and table grapes, so as we collect more information, this number of the 400 million dollars of insurance will increase”, assured the leader.

In addition to the losses from these disasters, changing environmental conditions, such as high temperatures, prolonged and intense droughts, an increase in atmospheric CO, and these extreme weather events, affect the growth, yield, and nutritional content of crops, for What these impacts threaten the livelihoods of people who depend on the agricultural sector and, ultimately, pose a serious threat to the food security of the region and the world.

The boy?

Chile has faced an extensive drought for almost two decades, so these frontal systems with abundant rainfall do nothing more than recover the normal rates of falling water, the big problem is that these large volumes of rain have been concentrated in very short spaces, days or hours, so they have become a tragedy.

In addition to everything known regarding the serious impacts that climate change can have on agriculture, this year the region is facing the El Niño meteorological phenomenon, which will probably also affect Peruvian production, significantly delaying it, compared to other seasons. .

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Blueberries Consulting

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