Brazilian banana growers count the cost of wind damage

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Brazilian banana growers count the cost of wind damage

Wind damages earlier this month have caused significant crop losses for banana farmers in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS), website reported.

A survey conducted by theo Municipalities of Emater/RS-Ascar found the weather event affected plantations in five banana-producing areas, the story reported.

The study found 500 properties in Três Cachoeiras and 60 properties in Três Forquilhas lost 70% of their crop, while in Terra de Areia there were 110 prperties that had lost 50% of their bananas.

The story reported there were 650 properties in Mampituba that had lost 25% of their crop, while 950 farms in Morrinhos do Sul lost 24% for the next harvest.

Experts predict a recovery would take more than two years in the municipalities affected. The result was revealed after floods severely affected banana growers in the São Paulo region of Vale do Ribeira.

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