Cyprus potato crops destroyed

About 70% of potato crops in the Famagusta district suffered extensive irrversible damage because of the recent frost. The damage had been caused by three nights of freezing temperatures. The crops had been planted 3 months ago and had been due for export to Britain and other countries. Cyprus new potatoes are a very popular product bought in UK supermarkets in late spring.

It is not known if this damage has spread to other areas as this is one of the first reports of the frost damage. Farmers are asking the Farmers’ Association to visit the potato plantations in order to evaluate the damage so that compensation can be paid at a time when they would normally expect payment for the crops.

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