Agriculture Ministry director-general Rami Cohen estimated that storm damage to agriculture had reached the equivalent of tens of millions of shekels, his office announced on Sunday.
From the hundreds of calls received from farmers throughout the country over the weekend, the ministry said that worst hit crops were those growing in open fields in the country's Center, where they were exposed to unusual cold. Many farms in the North also suffered due to disruptions in the power supplies necessary to their chicken coops and cattle barns.
Despite the damages, the ministry praised the advance preparations undertaken by drainage authorities across the country, which prevented flooding in many cases and even more significant breakdowns.
On Sunday evening, ministry officials will be meeting with agricultural organizations to formulate the steps necessary toward coping with farmers' losses, the ministry said.