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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.