The mayor said that the investigation of the losses is still ongoing, but the damage to agriculture is high.
The mayor told the Lusa News Agency this Saturday that a large number of hailstones that occurred in some parishes in the southern part of Fondo on Friday damaged equipment and caused high crop losses, that is, loss of cherry production.
Paul Fernandez said: “This is a very strong hail storm and intense violence that hit the corridors in the southern part of the county, causing damage to public and private infrastructure and agriculture.”
The mayor of the city in the Castello Blanco area, which is considered to be the country’s main cherry production area, stipulated that the storm mainly affected Pova de Atalaya, Atalaya Du Campo, and Nos. Fort and Soaleira and other towns.
As he pointed out, in some areas, the accumulated hail reached a height of more than one meter.
He said: “This is a very local situation, but it is also very rapid, extremely intense, and huge violence has occurred.”
Paulo Fernandes noted that the damage is still being investigated, but added that the damage caused by agriculture is high.
He said: “We have a team on the ground together with the farmers. We already have specific knowledge. Part of the agricultural production in this corridor has been greatly affected, namely the fruit production of cherries and peaches.”
He recalled that there were several cherry orchards in the area, and he emphasized the “huge concern” of the impact because it was already at the “critical stage” of beginning results.
The municipality is reporting the entire situation and submitting it to the government so that boundaries can be drawn to help farmers and landowners minimize losses.
Paulo Fernandes emphasized that extreme weather phenomena are becoming more common due to climate change, reiterating that insurance must be able to adapt to demand and the importance of betting on more diverse and sustainable agriculture.