Let me take you down, 'cause I'm canoeing to.....strawberry fields

January 22 , 2016

The following video shows footage of strawberry fields in Northern Ireland which can only be navigated by canoes after they were hit by severe flooding.

Philip Fox is a strawberry producer from Foxberry Fruit Farm where his family business has been supplying the domestic market for more than 35 years.

Heavy rains started last December and have continued throughout January, leading to heavy crop losses.

Now it's a race against time to cut back the plants and try to salvage some crops but fields are so flooded the only way to get around is with some kind of boat. Strawberry fields - Craigavon-20160111-00832

"The flooding is absolutely terrible and it’s really difficult to estimate just how much damage there is at the moment. Having said that, I’d say around £25,000 (US$35,218) if we have to replace the plants and grow bags in the field," Fox tells www.freshfruitportal.com.

"If it goes on for much longer, then everything could be lost. The strawberry plants should be cut back and if we wait too much longer they may just all rot into hopeless mush."

"Strawberries are grown under Spanish tunnels and we take the cover off over the winter to get them harden up for the spring. But then came heavy rains, flooding a network of local rivers and we’ve been caught in the crossfire."

www.freshfruitportal.com 

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