“Unusual Cold Threatens Russian Fruit Crop,” headlines this article on Radio Free Europe – Radio Liberty.
Up to 70 percent of fruit from orchards may be lost in Astrakhan, north of the Caspian Sea.
Elsewhere, the problem is much the same.
In Daghestan, an emergency situation has been declared for the fields and vineyards in the area around the provincial capital, Makhachkala, and 11 other districts.
Daghestani Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bashir Baytemirov called it a “catastrophe” and said damage to the harvest would be measured in the billions of rubles.
In Saratov Kray, where temperatures have dropped to as low as -35 Celsius, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Anatoly Kutsenko said only about half of the country’s grapevines are sheltered by protective earthen barriers.
“Those parts of the grapevines that are above the earthen barriers could perish,” he said.
“As concerns apples and plums, it should be expected 10 to 30 percent of them will die off,” said Yevgeny Kritsky, head of the horticulture and viticulture department n Krasnodar Kray, located on the Black and Azov Seas.
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