Event “Particularly difficult”. These words were spoken by Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie after the frost offensive, which covered a large part of France this week. Many crops, including vines, fruit trees and even cereals, have been affected, from north to south of the country.
“Our mobilization is total so that the support measures are put in place as quickly as possible. In particular, we will launch the implementation of the agricultural disaster regime ”, declared the minister on France Info.
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“We will also study the usual tax systems that we can make available to these farmers who are facing these difficulties”, he added, while specifying that it is still too early to determine the exact cost of the damage, in particular because other episodes of frost are to be feared in the coming days.
Heavy losses expected
One thing is already certain at this point, “The losses are important”, warned the minister. He also promised the full mobilization of insurers and bankers to support the affected operators. “Today we are faced with a situation which is quite exceptional, which is particularly difficult, which affects a large number of crops, viticulture of course, arboriculture, but also arable crops such as beetroot, rapeseed “, detailed Julien Denormandie, evoking a “Quite unprecedented violence”.
“We are in the process of carrying out the quantified evaluation. What we can see is that a lot of regions are impacted today, from the north of Île-de-France to the south-east and part of the center of the country ”, he said.
Wine professionals are particularly devastated. This episode is “One of the most serious of recent decades” and that will cut off the year’s production, estimated the National Committee of Interprofessions for Wines with Designation of Origin and Geographical Indication. “We already know that we will have a very poor harvest in 2021”, declared its president Jean-Marie Barillère.