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Frost believed to have decimated crops in Slovenia

Staff Writer | April 25, 2017
A severe frost that his large parts of Slovenia last week is believed to have decimated crops for the second year running.
Slovenia frost
Food production   For the second year running
It has given rise to calls for a systemic government-led approach to dealing with the recurring phenomenon.

While damage is still being assessed, reports from around the country indicate fruit trees, grapes and even some early field crops have been badly damaged by temperatures that dropped to as low as -6 degrees Celsius on Thursday and Friday.

Boštjan Kozole, the head of the chamber of agri-food firms at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) and director of fruit producer Evrosad, estimated the damage on Monday at EUR 50-60m. He said upwards of 90% of the fruit crop had been damaged.

The figure is in line with estimates that the frost was even worse than last year, when the final damage was assessed at EUR 44m.

Fruit trees have been hit the worst since the frost followed an unseasonably warm period that led to early blooming, but crops such as nuts and even early potatoes will also be affected.

Beekeepers said today honey production could be a third lower than normal since the frost destroyed acacia tree blooms, a crucial early food source for bees.

The preliminary figures will become clear in the coming days as appraisers complete damage estimates, the Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry said.