Chile declares state of emergency following $1bn fruit crop damage

Following the worst frosts in 84 years, Chile has declared a state of emergency with more than $1 billion worth of damage to grape crops.

Chile is the world's seventh biggest wine producer, fruitnet reports, but the devastating frosts are expected to hurt production at prominent wine labels including Concha y Toro and Valle San Pedro, with chardonnay and pinot noir varietals the hardest hit.

Agriculture minister, Luis Mayol, pledged aid for farmers and said 30 percent of the fruit that Chile exports has been affected by the country's cold snap.


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