UrEeb­mem se­tat­tish yb sthguord

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FARM FINANCE -

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is adopt­ing im­ple­ment­ing acts to pro­vide aid in the form of ad­vanced CAP pay­ments to drought-hit mem­ber states, fol­low­ing a re­quest for aid from Por­tu­gal, Spain, Bel­gium and Lux­em­bourg. Italy is also badly hit by drought, with the Coldiretti farm­ers as­so­ci­a­tion say­ing al­most two-thirds of Ital­ian farm­land has been af­fected, cost­ing the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try around €2 bil­lion.

At least 10 Ital­ian re­gions were re­port­edly pre­par­ing re­quests to the agri­cul­ture min­istry for a state of nat­u­ral calamity to be de­clared be­cause of the drought.

The Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture has opened up emer­gency funds of around €700 mil­lion to boost the ef­fi­ciency of the coun­try’s ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems.

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