Strong storms of hail have landed on secured plots of vineyards, fruit trees, vegetables and nuts, among other crops in the north and interior of the peninsula and in the Valencian Community.
The hail storms recorded in recent days -from last Thursday 25 to yesterday Monday- have affected several crops located in different areas of the interior and east peninsular.
In the Valencian Community, rain and wind storms recorded since last Thursday have caused particularly serious damage in the Valencian region of Requena-Utiel when unloading accompanied by hail. In total, the claims received by Agroseguro indicate damage in more than 4,300 hectares of vineyards, which represents more than 40% of the area insured in the area.
In Castilla-La Mancha the storms have unloaded with force during the weekend, and have caused serious damage in horticultural productions (mainly pepper, lettuce, onion and broccoli), nuts (pistachio and walnut) and vineyards of the provinces of Albacete (mainly in the regions of Manchuela, Centro and Hellín) and Cuenca (Manchuela, Serranía Baja and Media).
In addition, last Monday, new storms of hail unloaded on the northern half of the peninsula, generating casualties in plots of vines and fruit -mainly pears- of La Rioja and Navarra, productions that are close to their collection -or even already started- , so substantial damage can be expected. The claims received so far amount to almost 2,000 hectares insured in municipalities such as Alfaro, Grávalos or Rincón de Soto (La Rioja), as well as in the Ribera de Navarra.
In addition, those same storms also landed on Castile and León, with damage in sunflower productions of Soria (in municipalities such as Almazul or Ágreda) and in vineyards of Valladolid, although in this case the hail occurred accompanied by widespread rains, which can make the damage less severe. In Aragon, mainly fruit trees and maize from the region of Bajo Cinca (Huesca), as well as vines and almond trees from Campo de Borja (Zaragoza) are expected to be damaged.
Damage assessment in the affected areas has already begun. For this reason, Agroseguro reminds insured producers of the importance of sending claims reports as soon as possible, in order to speed up and coordinate the tasks of expertise.
The Spanish system of Combined Agricultural Insurance offers cover to the agricultural sector against damage caused to agricultural and livestock production by accidents of various nature. The extreme and changing climatic conditions and the adverse effects they have on harvests make it clear that farms should be protected by an agricultural insurance scheme to deal with these situations.