Plum Pox poses serious threat to France’s peach harvest
France’s peach production in 2018 could be as much as 10& lower than last year’s output. This loss is mainly due to the blight of plum pox as well as frosts at the start of the year. The Medfel international meeting of the fruit and vegetable sector called for significant measures to be taken to tackle the problem. In 2017, France produced 215,800 tons of peach, but only 195,000 tons are forecast for this campaign.
Réart Vallée greenhouse production of peaches in Saint-Féliu and Pézilla-la-Rivière are already on the supermarket shelves. The forecasts of the EU’s other peach producing countries (Italy, Spain and Greece) are no longer published at Medfel, but should be announced shortly.