The weather forecast of the Uzhydrometeorological center alarmed not only the Ministry of Energy and public utilities. Growers and greenhouse owners are also worried about the future of their plants. This is stated in an article published by the EastFruit analytical platform.
Recall that weather forecasters predicted a sharp cooling associated with the invasion of the territory of Central Asia by cold air masses from the territory of Russia. It is assumed that the abnormal cold will last only five days – from 10 to 15 January. In some regions, the temperature can drop below -20 degrees. But for most horticultural regions, the forecast is a little softer – the temperature on their territory should not fall below -17 degrees. But even such a frost is fraught with adverse consequences for the fruit and vegetable business.
Greenhouse owners are worried that their greenhouses will not get enough gas for heating. And if the temperature in greenhouses becomes lower than necessary, then an increase in the incidence of plants is possible, a decrease in their yield and product quality. The inevitable consequence of this will be an increase in the price of greenhouse products.
The subject of particular concern is pomegranate trees, which in recent years in our republic has become one of the strategic crops of domestic horticulture. It is grown as a non-covering crop and can suffer from frosts unusual for our climate.
Also, anomalous colds threaten lemon gardens, where, in addition to lemons, other types of citrus fruits grow. Platform analysts noted that recently the prices for local lemons in Uzbekistan have become “critically low”. Due to the anomaly, prices will, of course, rise, but the damage can be great.
Stone fruit growers, especially cherries and apricots, are also not happy about the upcoming cold snap – if especially low temperatures continue for several days in a row, this can damage the fruit buds of stone fruit trees, negatively affecting the yield of the current year.
A source: https://nuz.uz