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Drought spells disaster for farmers

LITTLE RAIN has fallen across most of the country for several weeks and farmers are already beginning to see the effects.

"It hasn't rained since May 10, when just 10 millimetres of rain fell. The effects are beginning to show on the crops. I estimate that there will be 40 percent less wheat than we had forecast, and there will also be reductions recorded for other crops," said Štefán Juhász, from the Gemer Chamber of Agriculture in eastern Slovakia.

Wine producers are also concerned about the effect of drought on their harvest.

"We are waiting for rain, and concerned that when it does come, it will be a cloud-burst. In vineyards that can cause more damage than drought," said Milan Párkány, head of the Príblec farm cooperative in southern Slovakia.

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