THE EXTREME drought of 2000 is expected to be repeated this year, which may worsen the position of Slovak agriculture in the run-up to EU entry, according to farmers.
"Crops are already badly damaged," said Jozef Marenčík, head of cereals grower PD Senica. He added that crops were down to a third of normal levels.
Damages in the drought of 2000 were as high as Sk7 billion (€170 million).
Farmers groups say that the heavy rainfalls in the second week of May were not enough to forestall the damage.
19. May 2003 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA