Pesticides as a precaution
In Malatya, the rains continue this week, delaying the formation of fruit set and instead favouring the spread of the Monilia fungus. The infestation causes peak drought and later fruit rot. The effects are currently particularly noticeable in early-flowering varieties in growing regions below 1,200 metres. Frost damage has also been reported in some regions. Currently, farmers apply pesticides to protect their trees from pest infestation; this process takes place every year when the flowering stand has reached 5-10%.