French authorities to allocate € 1 billion to frost-affected farms
French authorities are setting up a € 1 billion emergency fund to compensate farmers for the damage caused by frequent frosts this year, Prime Minister Jean Castex said.
During a working trip to the south-west of France, he noted that an emergency situation has developed in the agricultural sector, which requires large-scale measures. According to him, many agricultural workers faced the question of survival, and stressed that the state must give an answer to this catastrophe, reports TASS.
French Agriculture and Food Minister Julien Denormandy on Saturday also said on France Inter that the industry is experiencing perhaps the biggest disaster since the beginning of the 21st century. According to him, the frost destroyed vineyards, trees and field crops on hundreds of thousands of hectares of land.
Note that frosts in France have been observed since April 6. By this time, buds were beginning to form on the fruit trees and vines. In some places, the air temperature dropped to -6, and all methods of protection used in such situations turned out to be ineffective. As a result, 80% of the fruit on fruit trees died in the Rhone Valley alone.
Earlier it was reported that frost destroyed vineyards in 10 districts of France.