Portugal to get EU aid due to prolonged drought

Agriculture and Food Minister Maria do Céu Antunes has signed an order recognizing a drought situation in 40% of the country’s southern region late last week. This will also activate measures to support farmers, she announced on May 8.

According to the minister, the order was signed after the ministry received data from the national meteorological institute, IPMA stating “that in the last two months, there was no rain,” there were “three heat waves during April,” and there have been “average and maximum temperatures well above normal.”

“This allows us, with the European Commission, to say that we are in a drought situation,” said Maria do Céu Antunes in Fundão, where she attended the auction of the first Fundão Cherries 2023 and the presentation of the event to promote the fruit.

Source: euractiv.com

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