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Danish farmers decry the dangers of Drought that could cost them dearly

Sunday, 08 May 2011
After a historic winter where the cols and the snowfall were unprecedented, the warm and dry spring weather already being seen can be expensive for Danish farmers. Not just because crops would dry up and the harvest will be worse, but also because farmers risk being dragged into their EU subsidies.

For the moment some of the fields have just enough water and some farmers who have irrigation quota are using them.  This shows that there is not enough water and if farmers are using more water than allowed, then the EU will cut aid to them.

In parts of Denmark such as in Herlufmagle, north of Nęstved, the effects of drought have already been hard on the fields. Farmer here are only having just enough water for their plants to survive.

Farmer cry that they do not have any irrigation permit, as such have no irrigation quota.
They point that the EU rules are too rigid and should loosen up in their municipalities.

But it may go beyond the water environment if farmers are allowed to loose their water quotas according to Mathias Neumann Andersen, associate professor of agricultural production at Aarhus University.

“If all farmers exceed their quotas, it goes particularly against the flow of the rivers.” But the volume of water varies widely from province to province, and therefore the rules could be adjusted much better,” said Mathias Neumann Andersen.
“They probably should be more locally graded according to the situation,” he said.

In April, only 15 millimeters of rainfall was received in central and western Jutland from the normal 41 inches. Not since 1993 has there been such a poor start to the agricultural year.

Authorities say that if it continues for a week or 14 days more, then the drought situation will becomes very critical, especially in the heart of Jutland.
It may cost the Danish farmers between one and two billion Danish Krona if the dry weather continues.
By Scancomark.se Team

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