Farmers to assess damages caused by the extreme summer

Losses to reach several millions of euros. Farmers want to talk about easing the impact of climate change.

A fire fighter puts out a fire in the field in the town of Vojčice, eastern Slovakia, on July 16, 2019. A fire fighter puts out a fire in the field in the town of Vojčice, eastern Slovakia, on July 16, 2019. (Source: TASR)

This year, the weather was extremely unstable in the summer and an overpopulation of rodents have contributed to extensive damages to agricultural crops as well.

The Slovak Agriculture and Food Chamber (SPPK) has decided to carry out a nationwide monitoring of damages, SPPK spokesperson Jana Holéciová told the TASR newswire.

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“We want to point out the extreme situation in agriculture,” SPPK head Emil Macho added, as quoted by TASR.

“We will later be ready for talks with state institutions and farmers on how to prevent the negative impacts of climate change on agriculture.”

Climate change impacts

The monitoring concerns damages caused by drought, hail, wild animals and the common vole. In several regions, storms accompanied by hail caused great damage to crops, as well as to storage in the eastern Slovakian region of Zemplín.

Climate change has impacted not only the volume and quality of harvested crops but also the flow of work in fields, when rainy weather interrupted the harvest in regions. The fires threatened the harvesting of crops, as reported by TASR.

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The SPPK has already asked its 38 regional branches to submit all the requested data by September 12.

Hectares & millions

The crops were also damaged by the common vole and mice, mostly in western Slovakia Holéciová said.

Wheat, rapeseed, barley, corn, sunflower, and sugar beet are all on the list of damaged crops.

“It is clear today that the damages will increase to millions of euros,” Holéciová claimed, as quoted by TASR.

By September 4, identified damages on thousands of hectares of agricultural soil were calculated in the millions of euros. The complete results will be known by September 20, she added.

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