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2017.11.28

Information about the damage caused by natural disaster reached European Commission

Information about the damage caused by natural disaster reached European Commission
Long-lasting rains, that have fallen in many parts of Lithuania, caused serious damage to crops.
 
In October, after the government announced emergency situation in the whole country, Lithuania appealed to the European Commission (EC), asking to cover damage to farmers affected by the rains. The Ministry of Agriculture (MA), in order to find out the real extent of the losses, collected the information from municipalities about the areas of dead crops.
 
This week the EC received information about the damage caused by natural disaster. Based on the data provided by municipalities of Lithuania, 6 985 grain farms in the area of 408 888 hectares, which is 27 percent of all grain crops area, was damaged by long-lasting rains.
 
67 149 hectares of grain crops harvest (cereals, buckwheat, oilseed rape, corn) died. Natural disaster affected farmers in the whole country, but farmers of East Lithuania suffered the most. The largest area of crops died in Rokiškis county – 9 612 ha, Anykščiai county – 6 910 ha, Ukmergė county – 5 566, Švenčionys county – 4 302 ha, Panevėžys county – 3 675 ha.
 
According to the data provided by municipalities, 502 269 ha of winter crops were planted in 2017. Because of flooded fields, 291 771 ha of winter crops harvest of the next year wasn ‘t planted or already died. 10 thousand hectares of potatoes, vegetables, berries, gardens, fodder and other plants died.
 
Soon it should become clear whether the EC will find resources to help Lithuanian farmers affected by natural disaster.
 
“Not only Lithuania appealed to the European Commission – it was also done by Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Finland. When will the decision reach us it is hard to guess. Perhaps, we should not be such optimists and think that all losses will be compensated, but I hope that at least some part of them will be covered“, – says Bronius Markauskas, the Minister of Agriculture.
 
The article is based on information of the Ministry of Agriculture
 
 
Last updated: 2017-12-22 14:49