Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Armagh's Bramley apple harvest at risk from April's chill

County Armagh’s famous apple harvest could be under threat because of the recent unseasonably cold weather.

The Armagh Bramley is a protected product and its crop is worth millions to the local economy but grower Pat McKeever said poor weather in April and early May had "hammered" the orchards, though he was hoping last week’s heatwave might turn the tide for his crop.

Cider manufacturer, Magners usually buys more than half of County Armagh's entire Bramley apple harvest, worth almost £4m but Mr McKeever feared the crop would be down on last year because of the cold weather.

Mr McKeever said though crops were now "doing well" due to the fine weather over the past few week, it would be July or August before producers could tell their buyers how this year's harvest has been affected.

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