Ventimiglia. While the weather in Genoa and its surroundings is improving, where the yellow warning for thunderstorms has not caused any damage or particularly significant phenomena, on the other hand, the damage is counted in the extreme western Liguria, struck between night and early morning by a violent hailstorm.
Grains as large as golf balls, capable of shattering the glass in greenhouses, but also of piercing the gutters and plastic chairs on the terraces, bombed in particular the hamlets of Porra, Bevera and Calvo in the immediate hinterland of Ventimiglia. A real storm, lasting only ten minutes but capable of causing enormous damage to farms.
“In Bevera – specifies the president of Confagricoltura Imperia, Gian Guido Ghione – not even a greenhouse was spared. It’s all a shattered glass carpet that by falling – continues one of the owners of Nirp, one of the most affected companies – they have cut everything. Damage to crops, which in the case of breeding companies are very huge precisely due to the varietal heritage that they represent, destroyed plants, in short, a massacre – concludes Ghione – which has affected everyone, from our company to those of Sandra Santamaria, Sergio Santamaria, Lorenzi and other historical realities of the area “.
In the hinterland of Imperia entire olive groves have lost their crops, with hailstones that literally shredded the olives growing on the trees.
“We immediately coordinated with the Councilor for Agriculture, Alessandro Piana, which I thank as already this afternoon he will be in the most affected areas to make an inspection with us, and he himself was the subject of damage. specifies the Ligurian president of Confagricoltura, Luca De Michelis – We immediately activated the procedures for reporting damages in order to recognize the state of natural disaster. Our technicians will already be in the companies from tomorrow to support companies in reporting damages which, we remind you, must be made within thirty days of the event, using the ‘Model E’, and sent to the Regional Agricultural Inspectorate “.
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Violent hailstorm in the west, grains like tennis balls: devastated greenhouses and destroyed olive trees
“The violent hailstorm that hit Liguria in the last few hours leaves us puzzled why has thwarted the work of months and the efforts of those who work daily to protect the territory, producing real excellence – commented the vice president of the Region Alessandro Piana -. I have already set up inspections on vineyards, olive groves, greenhouses and it will be my responsibility, in the next few hours, to ascertain the extent of the damage. The crazy climate of this summer already drought and the exceptional nature of the event lead me to ask for extraordinary compensation. For the beginning of the week I urgently summoned the trade associations and the offices of the Liguria Region to prepare a refreshment plan and ask the Ministry for adequate answers. Given the growth, in recent years, of events of this magnitude, we will have to seek solutions in the next Agricultural Policy Commission that will face calamitous events with pervasiveness and greater force ”.