Farmers' group says Lombardy agriculture 'state of disaster'

Summer droughts and heat caused up to 200 million euros damage

Farmers' group says Lombardy agriculture 'state of disaster'

(ANSA) - Milan, September 3 - Damage caused by Italy's long hot summer has created an agricultural state of disaster, farmers' group Coldiretti said on Monday. "July and August droughts have impacted crops heavily, both in terms of quantities produced and expenditure for the fuel used for irrigation," Lombardy Coldiretti President Hector Prandini said. Producers around the cities of Brescia, Milan, Sondrio, Bergamo, Mantova, Pavia and Cremona have suffered damage estimated at 200 million euros. "Irrigation costs doubled for corn and soybeans. There was a sharp drop in production of almost every crop, milk and grapes, and increased spending for corn and soybeans used to feed livestock," Prandini said. There was also a sharp rise in the cost of energy to cool barns and sheds.

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