Germany confirms assistance for feed after a drought

  • Germany confirms assistance for feed after a drought
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    Germany has confirmed that it will relax some rules on the protection of the environment, to help farmers to overcome the sharp rise in feed prices after drought, agriculture Minister said on Wednesday.
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Germany has confirmed that it will relax some rules on the protection of the environment, to help farmers to overcome the sharp rise in feed prices after drought, agriculture Minister said on Wednesday.

Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner also said that she is waiting for the official figures of the crop, before deciding on a response to calls for 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) in the crisis state aid request of German farmers.

Kloeckner, senior member of the conservatives of Chancellor Angela Merkel, said he would make the decision on state aid next week when Cabinet is expected to Approve the annual report of harvest on August 22.

The Cabinet approved allowing some ecological reserves for compensation, land is kept fallow, and meadows to be used for growing food, said Kloeckner.

These ecological reserves were established as conditions for obtaining EU subsidies for the creation of more environmentally friendly agricultural system.

Germany is among the countries of Northern Europe are suffering severe crop losses after the heatwave of this summer. Its grain harvest in 2018 will be the lowest in 24 years after the crops wilted under the highest summer temperatures since records began in 1881.

The heat severely damaged animal feed grain, straw and hay in short supply.

Grain traders said animal feed wheat in Northern Germany is more expensive than feed wheat used for human consumption bread.

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Animal feed wheat for September delivery in Northern Germany was on Wednesday was quoted at € 224 per tonne, more than about 12 euros more expensive than bread wheat.

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