France will know, from Monday, July 22, a new episode of heat wave that may worsen the drought in the country – seventy-three departments are already subject to water restrictions.
In an interview with the Parisian, the Minister of Agriculture, Didier Guillaume, announces a “plan of general mobilization”: a series of measures to help farmers and ranchers, the main victims of this aridity. “We need to help struggling farmers get through this difficult milestone, especially those who are struggling to feed their animals or already using the hay stocks that were to be kept for this fall and winter,” said Mr. Guillaume.
Among the main announcements of the minister, is a request for early release of a portion of European aid, to grant “a billion euros cash advance”. France will therefore ask the European Union to ensure that 70% of aid granted under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is paid in mid-October, instead of 50% usually. The mechanism of agricultural calamity, which had last year to “unlock 196 million euros in favor of farmers,” will be activated again, added Mr. Guillaume.
Other emergency aid: nine additional departments will be affected by the force majeure clause “to allow farmers to mow fallows, to be able to feed their animals, because there is simply no more grass in the pastures for them. to feed ” . These are Cantal, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, Loiret, Haute-Savoie, Jura, Nièvre, Haut-Rhin and Loir-et-Cher, where must surrender Didier Guillaume on Monday.
The government also wants to establish “solidarity flows” between departments with fodder and those threatened by scarcity. The chambers of agriculture will be in charge of coordinating this solidarity, but the logistics and transport of fodder will be financed by the State.