The damage to Germany from the drought exceeded three billion euros

Ущерб Германии от засухи превысил три миллиарда евро

Only the Federal state of Mecklenburg – Vorpommern suffered losses in the amount of 531 million euros.

Total losses of the German farmers from drought in eight Federal States amounted to almost three billion euros. On Saturday, August 18, the newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

In particular, the authorities of Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania reported damage to 531 million euros. In Schleswig-Holstein damage was estimated at 422 million euros in Saxony – 308 million euros in Brandenburg 260 million euros. The loss of Rhineland-Palatinate from the drought amounted to 180 million euros, Thuringia 150 million euros, and the Saar of 5.3 million euros.

The situation “confirms our fears,” said the President of the German edition of the peasant Union, Joachim Rukvid. He urged the country’s authorities and Federal States “to clarify the situation with the provision of first aid” to farmers in drought-affected regions.

In turn, the President of the Peasant Union of Saxony-Anhalt Olaf Feuerborn called for the establishment of crisis Fund, and to the emergence of new government-funded insurance mechanisms against drought. This will help agriculture prepare for future dry periods. Contribute to the Fund can be used to “quickly and easily”, said Feuerborn.

For providing first aid to the farmer responsible land authorities. A decision on possible payments from the Federal budget will be made after harvest, and official damage assessment, said earlier the Minister of food and agriculture, Germany Julia klöckner. The last time such payments were made after the drought in 2003.

Earlier it was reported that Germany is expected to worst harvest in 15 years. Winter wheat will be harvested at 20% less than last year, and winter rye – 28% less.

German farmers have already asked for billions in assistance because of the unprecedented heat.

Source: Russian service of Deutsche Welle

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