The recent spell of dry and warm weather in Switzerland could lead to shortages of a number of crops, farmers have warned.

"/> The recent spell of dry and warm weather in Switzerland could lead to shortages of a number of crops, farmers have warned.

" />
SHARE
COPY LINK

FARMING

Dry weather spell threatens Swiss veggies

The recent spell of dry and warm weather in Switzerland could lead to shortages of a number of crops, farmers have warned.

Dry weather spell threatens Swiss veggies

The pleasant weather enjoyed by Switzerland might have been a boon for most people, but vegetable producers say it will push up the prices of carrots, broccoli, fennel and other produce.

According to the Swiss daily 20 Minuten, some seeds are being damaged by the lack of rain and estimates indicate that the yield this year will be lower than usual.

The 3,300 arable farms in Switzerland produce around 250,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables, mainly carrots, onions, tomatoes and lettuce.

The consequence for consumers is likely to be a spike in vegetable prices. “If the good weather persists, prices will go up in ten days,” Monika Weibel, a spokeswoman for Migros, a local supermarket chain, was quoted as saying by the paper. 

However, other experts say there’s no reason to panic.

Beat Stierli, the director of the Association of Vegetable Growers VSGP told 20 Minuten that good weather provides for optimal growing conditions for some types of crop, such as tomatoes and cucumbers. He also added that favourable conditions have allowed the asparagus season to start earlier than usual.

WEATHER

9,000 lightning bolts: Heavy storms sweep across Switzerland

Hurricane-like gusts have swept across much of Switzerland on Sunday and Monday. Weather experts have counted at least 9,000 lightning bolts striking since Sunday.

9,000 lightning bolts: Heavy storms sweep across Switzerland

As of Monday morning however, the storms have largely receded in most of the country. 

Swiss weather service Meteonews said the canton of Bern was the heaviest hit, with 2,500 lightning strikes. 

Around 850 were recorded in Uri, followed by Fribourg, Vaud and St Gallen. 

Winds of 111km/h were recorded on the Weissfluhjoch summit, while wind speeds of 85km/h were recorded in Meiringen and Sitten. 

Monday will experience some winds, but will largely be sunny. 

Temperatures of 24C degrees are predicted in the north of the country, while heights of 30C are predicted for the centre and south.  

SHOW COMMENTS