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Bad news for Chilean wine; severe frosts = state of emergency

on 09/10/13 at 3:49 pm


170px-ConcordGrapesChile has declared a state of emergency following a period of late frost at the end of September which has affected the Chilean fruit and wine industry.

It has affected the main fruit growing region in central Chile and includes vineyards owned by the well known Concha y Toro and Valle San Pedro wineries.

“These frosts are the worst that agriculture has faced in 84 years, impacting the area from Coquimbo to Bio Bio,” the national agricultural society said.

The fruit and wine industry is one of the most important in Chile after copper.   In 2012 wine exports were worth £1.1 billion according to government statistics.

The Chilean Governmenet have promised aid for those farmers affected as it is anticipated that over 30% of the fruit Chile exports has been hit.   The Government will give its estimate of the cost to industry over the next couple of weeks.