Mexico City, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) An unusual summer frost destroyed 57,000 hectares of corn, sorghum, peas, potato and beans in Veracruz, Tlaxcala and Puebla states, El Universal newspaper reported Saturday.
The frost occurred early Wednesday and Thursday morning, but its full impact was made public when farmers sought aid from municipal authorities.
Rural Development Secretary Pedro Adalberto Gonzalez said some 1,500 farmers in Puebla would receive the equivalent of 90 USD per damaged hectare, and some 30,000 hectares in devastated crops would be evaluated, the El Universal article said.
In Tlaxcala, the Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Food Secretariat reported damage to 17,000 hectares of corn in nine municipalities.
In Veracruz, 10,000 hectares of potatoes, beans and corn were seriously affected, and frosts were reported in 22 communities of the Perote municipality.
The frosts and reports of freezing temperatures contrasted with the heat wave that is currently hitting Mexico, with temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius in many areas, and an intense drought.