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Drought, Piedmont calls for a state of calamity. Coldiretti: all of Italy is thirsty

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Drought, Piedmont calls for a state of calamity.  Coldiretti: all of Italy is thirsty

Turin, June 16, 2022 – La drought threatens over 30% of agricultural production, and the president of Piedmont, Albert Cirio, has applied for state of disaster for agriculture in its region. But the lack of water in the fields affects all of Italy, from Lombardy to Sicily, passing through Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Abruzzo, Puglia and Calabria. Coldiretti estimates damage to agriculture of around 2 billion euros, due to the decline in crops.

Piedmont estimates a 30% reduction in forage with consequent damage to livestock farms. Decrease of 30% also in autumn sowing cereals. Serious damage also to the vines, with the production of grapes below average. In Lombardy Field crops are ruined, and barley and wheat are expected to drop by up to 30%. In trouble corn and rice, which need a lot of water to grow. In Liguria, in addition to forage, there are also strong drops in typical products such as olive groves and basil.

Drought, the Po remained dry

Also Sicily he is thirsty: on the Catania plain the irrigation system is dilapidated. Prickly pears, arable crops and vegetables also remain dry. There Puglia even worse with a loss estimated at over 70 million euros per year. Down the crops in the field such as wheat and other cereals, but also of fodder for animal feed, vegetables and fruit. the olive trees also pay: a significant drop in olive production by 40%.

In Sardinia the emergency brought by the scorching heat has come in the form of millions of grasshoppers, which are devastating 30 thousand hectares of crops, devouring the crops of the countryside. In Calabria the regional average of the damage is 10%, but the Ionian coast touches losses that exceed 60%, again according to the photograph by Coldirretti.

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In Emilia Romagna there are 300 million euros in damages for arable land and fruit and vegetables. But the damage will grow as only 30% of the water needed for apricots, cherries, peaches and plums has been given and 12% for pear and apple trees.

In Abruzzo damage to wheat fields with a drop of at least 15% in yields, then difficulties for sunflowers, maize and other cereals. In Veneto emergency irrigation is containing the damage. But Polesine and the Lower Padua area also encounter problems for crops that need little water, such as garlic and wheat. At the mouth of the Po all this is added to the rising of the saline wedge (infiltration of salt water) which could affect the aquifers and burn vegetables.

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