Politico.eu: Northern Europe’s farmers struggle to weather extreme drought20 July 2018 | 08:46 | FOCUS News Agency
One of the worst droughts in recent memory has taken countries along the Baltic Sea by surprise, with places like Sweden issuing alerts for “extremely high temperatures” above 30 degrees Celsius, and where groundwater levels in some areas are at their lowest point on record.
Lithuania has declared a state of emergency. The Danish government is pushing through legislation to ease standards for organic farmers so that they don’t have to feed their livestock as much grass — which is scarce.
“This is the most severe drought we’ve had in 50 or 60 years,” said Niels Lindberg Madsen, head of EU policy at the Danish Agriculture and Food Council. “Yields are very low simply because there has been no rain, generally speaking, for a couple of months.”
Swedish grain and cereal growers have had to start harvesting their first cut of crops for the season three to four weeks earlier than usual, according to Palle Borgström, president of the Federation of Swedish Farmers. Some have witnessed their production decrease by as much as 50 percent compared to the average.
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