the damage begins to appear on the crops, the apple growers are waiting for the assessment to be compensated

the damage begins to appear on the crops, the apple growers are waiting for the assessment to be compensated
the damage begins to appear on the crops, the apple growers are waiting for the assessment to be compensated

Damage caused by frost at the end of April 2024 may take time to appear on the fruit. In Corrèze, some apple growers are just starting to notice a loss of production in mid-May. They are awaiting expertise from state services to request compensation linked to the agricultural disaster regime.

Stéphane Boisserie, arborist in Estivaux, thought he had been spared the frost of April 22 and 23, 2024. And yet, the bitter cold of these two nights at minus 2 degrees only showed its first signs a month later.

This Friday, May 17, the farmer informed our team of the damage that had just appeared on the leaks: “here are the results today: russet, gel rings and there you go, these apples are all industry” he notes, disappointed. Industry, this means that the only outlet for these damaged apples will be the compote price, located below the cost price.

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“There are some apples today that have had a bit of frost, but then, to put it simply, they only decide from now on whether they are going to fall or not and I don’t know that, so I am in uncertainty, I must wait at least two more days before finding out.”

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Qualitative damage which is only the tip of the iceberg since Stéphane Boisserie expects even greater losses: “There are apples today that have had a frost, but then, to put it simply, they only decide from now on whether they are going to fall or not and I don’t know that, so I am in the uncertainty, I have to wait at least two more days before knowing“.

In support of the arborist, colleagues as well as unions and the Chamber of Agriculture met on May 17 to assess the damage. Apple cultivation represents 140 producers and 1,200 hectares of orchards in Corrèze. To find out how many were affected by the frost, the agricultural unions JA and FDSEA requested an expert commission.




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Frost damage to Corrèze apple growers in spring 2024



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It is the administration, therefore the DDT, which travels and comes to see the losses in different orchards, how the apples are damaged, the damage that there is and to be able to quantify the loss rate more or less precisely.“, explains Emmanuel Lissajoux, president of the FDSEA 19. Une essential estimate in order to request compensation linked to the agricultural disaster regime.

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