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Agriculture Minister to seek EU funding for farmers affected by climate change

Climate change and the drought along with incidents of extreme weather in Cyprus have endangered those whose income depends on agriculture. The agricultural sector in Cyprus is already paying the price of climate change, which has caused, among other things, the degradation of agricultural land, a decline in agricultural production and extreme weather (hailstorms, frost, prolonged droughts).

Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis is asking the EU to support farmers. The appeal for financial assistance through the EU Solidarity Fund is made in a document submitted to the Council of the European Union on June 12 and due to be discussed in today’s meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers.

It is the third time that Cyprus submits a request to the EU Solidarity Fund: this time the aim is to cover part of the costs of buying desalinised water, which reach €33.7 million, as well as part of the €12 million in compensation for damage from the effects of the continuing drought and the sudden storms and hailstorms of recent weeks.

Kadis will request support from other States for the Republic’s request for Community support from the Solidarity Fund. The government is concerned that farmers may be unable to overcome the difficulties and may choose to leave the Agriculture sector. This will have more devastating effects on the environment, as it will lead to land abandonment, soil erosion and desertification.

The main issue troubling the Ministry is the reduction of available water for agriculture in Cyprus. According to data from the Water Development Department, the total rainfall in Cyprus from 31 October 2017 to 11 June 2018 amounted to 419 millimetres or 85 % of normal rainfall.

The total water reserves in dams in the same period reached 44.1 million cubic metres, the lowest of the last three years. Total water reserves in dams until June 11, 2018 reached 64.8 million cubic metres. or 22.1% of capacity compared to 80.6 million cubic metres. or 27.7% in the same period last year.

Water reserves are currently adequate to cover 75% of  needs, obliging the government in May to impose cuts in irrigation.

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