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Crops destroyed by hailstorm

PRODUCERS in the semi and mountainous regions of Paphos and Nicosia saw their crops destroyed on Wednesday afternoon by huge hail the size of walnuts.

The hailstorm that lasted about half an hour, destroyed vineyards and half-grown tree crops and grain in Paphos, and cherry crops in Kampos tis Tsakkistras and Amiandos in Nicosia.

According to reports, vine growers said the damage was so extensive that their vineyards will not be able to produce grapes next year either.

To examine the extent of the damage in Paphos, members of the local farmers unions visited the affected areas.

Farmers are asking for the assistance of the government since they say they will not be fully compensated by the subsidy schemes of the Agriculture Insurance Organisation (OGA).

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