Latter Rains Saves Orchards

Ad Feedback - UPPER GALILEE, Israel - Plentiful late winter rains saved apple and cherry orchards in the north from being uprooted.

Farmers in the north were facing massive uprooting of orchards from debilitating drought.

Following the driest January ever recorded in the nation's history, the unexpected cold snap at the end of February and early March, accompanied by above-average rainfall, saved the orchards.

According to Ahikam Barlevy, CEO of Hatzbani-Dan, the late winter rain that fell in the north amounted to 80 percent of the annual average for 2009.

The rain helped replenish the Dan River and nearly empty reservoirs in the Golan Heights to half their maximum capacity.

For many Israelis, it was an answer to their prayers.

While the late winter rains helped, the national water authority, Mekerot, cautioned that the country still faces a huge water deficit caused by five consecutive winters of below average rainfall.

Source: Haaretz

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