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European farmers affected by heatwave and dry weather

Image: ales_kartal, Harvest harvester tractor, Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons
Image: ales_kartal, Harvest harvester tractor, Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons

Farmers in Britain and other European countries have been affected by the ongoing heatwave and dry weather. Oxfordshire farmer Lesley Chandler told the Guardian, “It’s like a tinderbox out here… Just a spark could set it all alight” (read more here). Combine harvesters can create sparks if their blades hit a stone.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) of England and Wales reports that fruit and vegetable growers risk using up their annual water abstraction allowances, while dairy farmers have observed increased animal stress due to the heat. Read more here. The NFU has also issued dry weather advice for farmers, which can be accessed here.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Farmers Association expects many farmers in Sweden to experience financial loss or bankruptcy, as Sweden has received only 12% of its normal rainfall and is suffering many wildfires (read more here). The drought has caused Lithuania to declare a state of emergency, giving farmers more leeway in their contracts with buyers (read more here), while Latvia has declared a nationwide natural disaster, which will mean farmers can avoid penalties linked to EU-funded projects or bank loans (read more here).

Scientists claim that the heatwave has been made more than twice as likely by climate change (read more here).

Read the full story here. See also the Foodsource resource How do the climate and environment directly affect the conditions required for food production?

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