ANDALUCIAN farmers are counting the cost of the wettest December in half a century, with an estimated 930 million euros of crops lost to the bad weather.

Olives, potatoes, asparagus, onions, artichokes and tomatoes were hardest hit.

“We’ve lost a lot. Autumn was super-dry so the sudden torrential rainfall knocked the harvest for six.”

Union boss Juan Antonio Villalba, of COAG, said: “We’ve lost a lot. Autumn was super-dry so the sudden torrential rainfall knocked the harvest for six.”

Full reservoirs at least guarantee irrigation for the next few years and cereal crops have benefited from wet weather.

“I believe we will get more and more used to such weather in the future,” said Villalba.

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