`Catalonian Farmers Seek More Aid to Recover from Filomena - Olive Oil Times

Catalonian Farmers Seek More Aid to Recover from Filomena

Sep. 14, 2021
Daniel Dawson

Recent News

The Association of Young Farmers and Ranchers in Catalonia (JARC) has called on the Spanish gov­ern­ment for more funds to help olive grow­ers impacted by Storm Filomena in January.

According to the asso­ci­a­tion, the his­toric bliz­zard dam­aged 46,000 hectares of olive groves in three provinces across the autonomous com­mu­nity. Some olive grow­ers lost as lit­tle as 20 per­cent of their fruits, while oth­ers lost as much as 80 per­cent.

Overall, JARC esti­mated that it will take pro­duc­ers between two and three years to fully recover from the dam­age caused by Filomena.

Olive grow­ers in the autonomous com­mu­ni­ties of Madrid and Castille-La Mancha also reported exten­sive dam­age to their olive groves from the win­ter storm.

JARC said the orig­i­nal dam­age esti­mates cal­cu­lated by the Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda (DACC), which was used by the national insur­ance agency, Agroseguro, to make pay­ments to farm­ers, was done pre­ma­turely.

The asso­ci­a­tion is now call­ing on the DACC to return and make a new assess­ment of the dam­aged groves in Leida, Terres de l’Ebre and Tarragona, and send these new cal­cu­la­tions to Agroseguro.

The farm­ers after the prun­ing found a higher impact and a job of prun­ing much higher than in other years to remove all the branches bro­ken by the weight of the snow,” said Lluís Gaya, the head of the olive sec­tor at JARC, adding that the sec­tor was still grate­ful for the pay­ments already received from Agroseguro.

These were not only the ones that were removed with the prun­ing but they have been found, even later,” Gaya con­cluded. They were branches that looked in good con­di­tion, but were bro­ken, and now with the weight of the olives, they have given way or will do so before har­vest.”





Advertisement

Related News

Feedback / Suggestions