As many as 134,600 Polish farms have suffered due to long-lasting drought. This year's heat wave has affected some 2.2 million hectares, the Agriculture Ministry told the PAP news agency.
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Drought-related damages in farming are currently estimated at PLN 1.2 bn (EUR 281 mln).
The biggest crop loss is being recorded in the Wielkopolskie province in western Poland. Farmers from the Warminsko-Mazurskie, Zachodniopomorskie, and Podlaskie provinces were also hard hit by the lack of rain.
The Polish cabinet recently decided to spend PLN 799.5 mln (EUR 186.89 mln) in 2018 on aid for farmers suffering as a result of either drought or floods.
Overall Poland’s 2018 harvest was down 14.1 percent on last year, with a lot of climatic factors damaging crops, not just the drought. In 2017, the problem was with the soft fruit crop, which was damaged by late May frosts. The government’s total payout of compensation to growers was around EUR 60 million. With global warming, such payouts are likely to be a constant budget item in the national accounts to protect farmers from economic blight. It does beg the question, however, that at the same time as paying compensation for crop damage, the government is also encouraging the sale of whole grain crops as biofuel, burning foodstuffs and creating carbon dioxide. You either have a grain shortage or you don’t.