Vines escaped the worst of the weekend weather, but fruit trees are not so lucky

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If the vines were spared by the frost and hail of Saturday and Sunday, the consequences of the cold were much more severe for the market gardeners of the Hérault, around Montferrier-sur -Lez and Saint-Gély-du-Fesc in particular.

According to the first findings of the Hérault Chamber of Agriculture, the vines have not been too badly affected by the recent episodes of cold, frost and hail.  The first leaves are less fragile than the buds, so the timing of the hail was fortunate.

However, on Yezid Allaya’s farm in Montferrier-sur-Lez, cherries, salads and chard were badly damaged.  He estimates his losses at between € 5,000 and € 6,000.  He is one of many farmers in the region who are going to be suffering financially in 2019.

“It takes a long time for the insurance to pay out, it’s going to be a tough year”

Source: France 3