Farmers suffer over a million euros of damage in hail storm in Vila Real

Farmers and producers in the area around Campeã, Vila Real, are counting the cost of a hail storm that ripped through their community yesterday afternoon. According to rough estimates, the community has lost around a million euros worth of crops. Between 80-90 hectares of potatoes were “completely destroyed”; corn to feed cattle was ruined (and the farmer concerned now has no idea how he will feed his herd); 600 hectares of chestnuts were battered to the point that at least half the harvest will be lost. It is a local tragedy, leaving many wondering how they can afford to continue. The local agricultural association will be lobbying for State help.