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5 million euro aid package for farmers

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Luxembourg farmers are to receive five million euros in emergency aid to compensate for financial losses caused by drought.

Luxembourg farmers are to receive five million euros in emergency aid to compensate for financial losses caused by drought.

The Grand Duchy experienced one of the driest Aprils in history this year with the mercury regularly hitting 30 degrees celsius.

This, followed, by an exceptionally dry May, has left many farmers with ruined crops for which the recent rain has come too late.

The government was quick to respond to the growing anxious voices and, on Wednesday it approved a rescue package of five million euros to be distributed among the worst affected farmers as soon as possible.

In a press statement from the government, ministers pledged further aid if losses are higher than initial estimates.

The extent of the crisis was revealed earlier this month as farmers expressed their concern at poor quality crops depriving livestock of food.

Agricultural minister Romain Schneider ordered an estimate on how much farmers had lost. In the interim, he called for a cash advance to be paid to all farmers