Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

Italy: Bad weather affects bergamot and tomatoes in Calabria

Coldiretti Reggio Calabria reported that strong winds and storms have hit the Ionian coast of the Reggio Calabria province for over 22 hours on 3rd and 4th January 2018. Surveys are underway to assess the damage.

The municipalities of Bianco, Africo, Brancaleone, Palizzi, Bova, Bova Marina, Condofuri, San Lorenzo, Roghudi, Roccaforte and Montebello Ionico were particularly affected. Operators in this area reported structural damage to warehouses and buildings as well as the eradication or damage to bergamot trees. Fruits have fallen to the ground and can no longer be used.

A PO from Calabria explains that "the strong wind meant most of the fruits fell to the ground. As we are in a rather advanced stage of the campaign, considerable quantities had already been harvested and destined to both the processing industry and fresh produce markets. What fell to the ground can no longer be used for commercialisation, but maybe it could be destined to the processing industry."

Flooded fields (Photo:

Greenhouses in San Lorenzo, Condofuri, Palizzi and Brancaleone dedicated to the production of high-income crops such as tomatoes etc. were heavily damaged. Open-field crops were also heavily hit, as even mulching films were damaged. 

A low-pressure front has also been hitting north-west Italy over the past few hours, with rain and heavy snow on the Biella Alps and north of Vercelli. Some roads have been closed in Valle d'Aosta. The situation is expected to last at least until 9th January.

As reported by, the danger of avalanches is high (level 4) on most of the Alpine sector also due to the wind. In the plain, heavy rain (70-80 millimetre peaks) may cause floods and local minor streams may overflow. The Maddalena Pass between Italy and France was closed due to the snow.

Danger of avalanches: the road to Cervinia has been closed and 100 people were evacuated in Champoluc (Photo: Twitter - Tgcom24)

The danger of avalanches is high in Veneto as well, as 50-70 centimetres of fresh snow are expected for 9th January in the southern Dolomites and central-eastern Pre-Alps.

Publication date: 1/10/2018



Other news in this sector:

8/16/2018 US: Tomato imports divide growers in Florida and West Coast
8/16/2018 US: Small farms produce different mix of commodities than larger farms
8/16/2018 Canadian greenhouse cucumber supply strained
8/16/2018 Tanzania: 500 fruit and vegetable growers benefit from online system
8/16/2018 Macedonia exported tomatoes amounting to $17.1 million in 2017
8/16/2018 New Zealand: Covered crops are thriving under the economic radar
8/16/2018 CAN (ON): Hot weather causing lower yields of field-grown peppers
8/15/2018 Challenging but positive year for Western Australia vegetable growers
8/15/2018 British pound sterling dropped against euro and dollar
8/15/2018 Turkey: Tomato growers in Karacabey request increase in prices
8/15/2018 Jamaican peppers wanted in Canada
8/15/2018 US: Plant-based food sales grow 20 percent
8/15/2018 “We’re about to send a huge load of produce to Europe for next to nothing”
8/15/2018 EU: Updated Horizon 2020 brochure – calls 2019
8/14/2018 Spain: Pink Barbastro tomato production may reach 2.1 million kilos
8/14/2018 New Zealand: Report shows need to protect Pukekohe food hub
8/14/2018 Australia: Growcom supports crackdown on labour hire licensing
8/14/2018 UK: £90 million to help feed the 9 billion
8/13/2018 Scottish growers face shortage of seasonal workers
8/13/2018 AU: Growers face another peak berry season unable to sell fruit