Farmers who live in citrus producing provinces hit hard by hot African sourced hot weather.
Due to temperatures exceeding 40 degrees, almost no fruit left on branches of orange, lemon, tangerine and grapefruit trees. Erdemli (a district of Mersin province) Chamber of Agriculture President Rasim Şahin said that 70 percent of the fruits are poured out and added, “A similar situation will bring serious problems as experienced last year.”
A sudden change in the weather has been almost nightmare of farmers living in Mersin, Adana and Antalya provinces where citrus production mostly made in Turkey.
African hot weather, which started in the second week of May, caused thermometers showed 40 degrees during day time, while the temperature dropped to 10 degrees at night.
Due to this sudden weather change, 70 percent of citrus tree fruits have been perished.
Erdemli Chamber of Agriculture President Rasim Şahin made a statement and said, “Trees got stressed because of the sudden temperature and poured out their fruits. A similar situation happened last year. This year was effective in the whole region. The fruits were burned and yellowed this year.”
Stating that the disaster in citrus is effective from Antalya to Hatay region, Şahin underlined that another tough year is waiting for the farmers.