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Cold wave: in the Tarn-et-Garonne, an arborist loses 90% of his harvest


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Cold wave: in the Tarn-et-Garonne, an arborist loses 90% of his harvest

M.-C.Delouvrié, O.Combe, S.Henry – France 2

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On the night of Sunday April 3, the cold spell that hit France kept many arborists awake, fearing that their fruit trees would freeze. Report in Moissac, in the Tarn-et-Garonne, where a producer lost 90% of his harvest in a few hours.

AT Moissac (Tarn et Garonne)the arborist Maurice Andral lost 90% of its harvest on the night of Sunday April 3, due to the cold snap affecting France. For him and his 15 employees, it’s a disaster. He suffered the freezing of his crops for the second consecutive year. “Something I had never known since I became an arborist”he says.

However, Mauritius Andral and its employees fought all night of April 3 in their orchard to protect the crops. They lit 1,000 candles to limit the impact of frost on the trees. The night him will have cost more than 5,000 euros of investments. However, only its apple trees seem to have resisted thanks to the sprinkling of water, which made it possible to enclose the flower in ice. For Mauritius Andralthe problem is that the frost episode is not over. Indeed, temperatures, which reached -4 degrees on the night of April 3, could drop further on the night of April 4.

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