Drought Difficulties In Europe

EU - Lack of rainfall, resulting in drought in Europe, is seriously affecting the cattle industry.
calendar icon 9 June 2011
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Speaking at a recent Council of the EU, France and Belguim briefed the Council on the consequence of the drought in certain European countries.

The French delegation mentioned in particular the decrease in yield foreseen for certain crops if the drought situation continues. It noted also that in addition several producer are now selling bovine animals they will not be able to feed in the future. This could have huge consequences for the cattle market in the long term.

On 17 May 2011, France supported by several delegations, voiced concerns about the current drought situation and consequent cash flow difficulties faced by farmers.

The Commission was requested to bring forward the date of payment of the direct payments. In this context, many delegations also called for greater flexibility or a standard procedure on advance payments.

The Commission representative recalled that member states have the possibility to provide an advance direct payment, provided that the respective checks have been carried out. On this occasion the Commission informed the Council of its intention to address in particular the problem faced by suckler cow farmers strongly affected by the drought.

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