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Midsummer Strawberries in Danger?

Published fredag 12 juni 2009 kl 10.03

Swedes looking forward to home-grown strawberries at their traditional midsummer parties next weekend could be in for disappointment, as late frosts have caused major damage to strawberry fields across central Sweden.

If warmer weather doesn't arrive in the next few days there could be trouble, according to farmers organisations, meaning high prices for those that choose to buy Swedish rather than cheaper imported berries from southern Europe.

Magnus Engstadt from the Berry Marketing Association says that there are plenty of berries on the plants, but that they are growing very slowly because of the cold. He says if the weather improves, then there will be plenty of berries for next weekend. But Sweden's Met Office doesn't give the berry farmers much hope, with showery and cool conditions forecast for the next few days in central Sweden.

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