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Drought in Portugal: fruit growers’ harvest is sluggish after months of dry weather

Fruit growers in drought-stricken Portugal have spoken of their harvest problems after months of dry weather.

About 40% of mainland Portugal remains in extreme drought, according to the Portuguese Institute of Meteorology (IPMA).

On Tuesday, Lisbon extended an order to temporarily restrict the use of water for power generation and irrigation to more of its hydroelectric dams.

“This year is going to be bad, it’s very bad, all the apples are very damaged,” said Luís Veiga, an apple grower in Carrazeda de Ansiães, located 150 kilometers east of Porto and one of the municipalities most affected by drought.

“We didn’t even earn enough to cover the expenses. There was hail, there was a storm and then we had a lot of heat and a lack of water.

“We also couldn’t feed the plants well. Everything was against us.”

Veiga normally produces 400 to 500 tons of apples per year. However, this year, farmers have not even reached half of their targets.

“We had a very hot and very dry summer with heat waves, so fruit production was reduced, coupled with low water availability, which made this campaign quite dramatic and very bad for farmers. said Duarte Borges of the Association of Fruit Growers, Wine Growers and Olive Growers of the Ansiães Highlands.

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