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Growers given Irene reprieve

Storm has not caused as much damage as initially feared, according to growers in the US and the Dominican Republic

Growers given Irene reprieve

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Apple producers in the US and banana growers in the Dominican Republic have been relieved that the passage of Hurricane Irene last week did not cause as much damage as initially feared.

Mark Gedris at the US Apple Association reported: "We have reached out to our state associations and growers in the affected states, and while there were some orchards that took damage, the impact on the overall east coast crop is minimal."

In Virginia, the larger growing regions are in the western part of the state and in New York the main growing region was unaffected.

"There have been reports of damage in Maine, and while we hate seeing any grower lose a portion of their crop, the impact on the overall national crop is minor," said Gedris. "I think we weathered this storm as well as we could have hoped."

Meanwhile in the Dominican Republic, Irene dumped a lot of rain on plantations before moving on and being downgraded to a tropical storm as it reached the US. Máximo Jérez of growers’ organisation Adobanano said: "There were some effects but not of great significance, because we were able to prepare." 


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