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Farmers around the Baltic Sea affected by dry, hot conditions, with small harvests also predicted in Central Europe.5 July 2018
Lithuania’s decision to declare a nationwide state of emergency underlines how an unusual drought is affecting grain crops in Poland and the Baltic states.
The government declared the state of emergency in response to the prolonged drought, the Baltic Times reports.
Recent rains have eased the situation in many areas, but came too late for many farmers. A third of the harvest has already been lost, Agriculture Minister Giedrius Surplys said Tuesday.
Two weeks ago, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned of “very significant” crop losses if the drought persisted.
Experts said about a third of Polish crops have been damaged by the drought and unusually high spring temperatures. Farmers in Lithuania and Latvia were also affected, AFP reported.
This May was the warmest in 55 years in Poland, with average daily temperatures more than 3 degrees Celsius higher than last year, Zuzanna Sawinska from the University of Life Sciences in Poznan told the PAP news agency.
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