Things were bad – they just got worse for the farmers here in the Vega Baja.
The low night-time temperatures which dropped to zero have spoilt the artichoke crop. Estimates put the loss at three million Euros. Add to that the other crops such as beans, potatoes which have been obliterated and and citrus fruit that will have been affected and this is tantamount to a disaster. On a positive note, the more resistant broccoli, celery and cabbage should be OK.
The start of the artichoke season was good with prices at market above production costs. Many farmers, who had planted artichokes because of their good price in previous years, must now be ruing that decision.