Grass growth at a historic low in large parts of Europe

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    The unbearable heat and lack of rainfall in Northern and Central Europe was the worst region in the last two decades of drought, putting pressure on yields, prices and supplies of feed.
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The unbearable heat and lack of rainfall in Northern and Central Europe was the worst region in the last two decades of drought, putting pressure on yields, prices and supplies of feed.

According to a new report from the joint research centre of EC (JRC), Ireland is one of the most affected EU countries. “Precipitation” in the last week of July slightly helped”,” – said in the report, but the situation is even worse than the drought summer of 2006.

The UK, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Northern Germany and southern Sweden also see a “yields” at historic lows.

“In the last 20 years there are several growing seasons in which drought conditions have a greater impact on pasture productivity”, – stated in the report of the food security unit of the JRC.

The report also found “a steady decline in yield forecasts” due to the ongoing drought in Northern and Central Europe starting in may and June of this year.

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Finland also suffered, although recent rains have improved the situation. And Northern France and the Czech Republic saw harmful dry.

The EU proposed to help farmers by paying cap money before (as of mid-October, not December) and putting them to diversify crops and fallow land requirements.

The EU is also considering “further deviation” from the cap greening measures to help livestock farmers to produce more feed.

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Eight EU countries have officially applied for help under the scheme, although Ireland is not among them.

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Sweden were granted a derogation from certain requirements of greening in July. Other countries can apply, although the request must be approved by the governments of all EU countries.

In accordance with EU rules on state aid, farmers can also be compensated up to 90pc of the damage caused by drought, and purchasing food can apply for state aid in certain cases.

But one EU source noted the “hypocrisy” of the “greening” of the EU rules, which pays farmers to keep land fallow, in a time when there is a fodder crisis.

“You have pastures lying fallow, and you’ve got dairy farms depending on buying food from those that the EU is paying to mow the grass,” the EU official told the independent agriculture.

MEP Mairead McGuinness said farmers are experiencing a “double blow” after an unusually cold and wet winter has depleted forage base.

She said that the Ministry of agriculture should look like in a more “support”, “flexibility” to farmers, especially in the EU genomics schemes, which may be forced to reduce livestock numbers, farmers can’t sell TB, cattle and animal feed manufacturers that have to cope with growing demand.

“This will mean additional costs for farmers and hit revenues,” Ms. McGuinness, the statement reads. “I am very concerned about how this affects farmers and their families. Additional financial costs for the purchase of food is serious, but as the level of stress and anxiety, farmers are forced to deal with.”

At x said that there was no growth of grass in the dairy regions in Ireland, placing additional costs of up to €10 000 per month average farmer

Growing conditions in many parts of the country recently, but there is still a “huge shortage in the supply of winter forage” x said.

 

The EU faces new pressure to end duties on Russian fertilizers

The pressure increases, the trade officials of the EU until the end of the prolonged anti-dumping duties on Russian fertilizers based on ammonium nitrate.

Irish farmers and diplomats have long been lobbying for the EU in the end of the event, in place since 1994. Block says that Russian companies were exporting whipping at lower prices than at home, and re-duties in 2014. They come up for consideration in November.

EU sources say that it’s not just “the Irish question”, while the news journal politico reported this week that the unions of farmers of the block call service.

But some EU commissioners and many of the major manufacturers, such as the UK to grow as a global agri-giant yara and the Polish company grupa azoty group zakłady Azotowe fear of termination of duties will allow Russian companies to cut them again.

Fertilizer is the second largest expenditure on Irish farms, the prices grow two times faster than other expenditure management, according to IFA.

New EU restrictions on cadmium in the import of fertilizers may increase costs for farmers, as the only country where the level of cadmium in the soil, of course, to observe the limit of Russia.

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