Italian artichokes sufferingThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE wintry weather in northern Europe is putting a strain on fruit and vegetable crops. Open field vegetables are at particularly high risk. The alarm has been sounded by the farmers' Confederation, CIA, worried about the further consequences that may affect agriculture, which is already facing a very difficult situation after last month's flooding and landslides. Southern Italy is also experiencing exceptionally cold weather. Apulia's cabbage, broccoli and artichokes have been badly hit and 70% of the artichoke crop has already been lost. If the freeze continues, other winter crops such as kale, chicory, radicchio, spinach, fennel, cauliflower and asparagus will also be damaged or destroyed. "In view of the serious situation, our technical departments have immediately started to check the damage. It is essential that rural areas are protected efficiently and promptly in case of such exceptional events," said the head of Puglia's farmers association, Coldiretti, Antonio De Concilio.