European Drought Threatens Harvests in Europe
For farmers in central and northern Europe, this summer’s unusually high temperatures are putting their harvests at risk.
The German Association of the Fruit, Vegetable, and Potato Processing Industry announced they expected to see a smaller, lower-quality potato crop that would lead to a 25% revenue loss in the agricultural and potato processing sectors, Earther reported.
The Swedish Farmers Association estimated that if rain does not fall soon, its members could lose SEK8bn (~EUR 7.79bn) and many could go bankrupt.
“This is really serious,” Swedish Farmers Association co-chair Lennart Nilsson told The Guardian. “Most of south-west Sweden hasn’t had rain since the first days of May. A very early harvest has started but yields seem to be the lowest for 25 years—50% lower, or more in some cases – and it is causing severe losses.”
Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) president Joe Healy has called on the Irish minister for agriculture, Michael Creed, and the Government to take urgent action to stop the escalating fodder and income crises due to severe drought conditions.
North-Western European Potato Growers association (NEPG) warns that it is extremely dry in the NEPG countries and there are areas where culture begins to suffer a lack of water. According to the weather forecast, it should not rain in the short term. For the 2018 final crop, yields will have much more impact than the area planted.