Friday, 5 March 2010

Earthquake in Santa Cruz, Chile: Harvest Update

Wines of Chile is reporting that the overall state of health for the wine industry is not as bad as first feared. They say that 125 million litres of wine have been lost, representing about 12.5% of production compared to 2009 and that the harvest will go ahead as normal this year. Wineries have been affected to varying degrees, with some suffering serious damage to infrastructure and some nothing more than minor damage and loss of wine. Apparently, production will not be too badly affected.

Hopefully, this will come as some comfort to those workers who have lost their homes. So many people have been badly affected and the poor are amongst the worst hit. They need the work that they get during harvest to survive- this year more than most.

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