Bad weather jeopardising Italian crops, farmers say

Heavy rains, freezing temperatures continue to grip country

Bad weather jeopardising Italian crops, farmers say

Rome, February 7 - Farmers on Thursday voiced concern about the effect of the ongoing bad weather on crop cultivation as heavy rainfall and icy temperatures continued to grip much of the country. The Italian Farmers' Confederation (Cia) warned of the consequences of continued heavy rainfall particularly in clayey areas where crops risk asphyxiation due to poor drainage. Freezing temperatures could also interfere with plant growth, the confederation said. Snow fell in many parts of Italy on Thursday, including on the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily and in the upland Barbagia area in north-central Sardinia. Here the local authorities were at work to clear the roads and traffic was reported to be slow but without particular disruptions. Mount Vesuvius overlooking the Bay of Naples was also covered in snow.

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