Sweden is the second most expensive country in the EU for food after Denmark and the current drought is likely to push up food prices further, with the agricultural cooperative Lantmännen reporting that this year’s grain harvest will be the worst in 25 years.
The drought has destroyed thousands of hectares of crops and forced farmers to send cattle to early slaughter.
Rural Affairs Minister Sven-Erik Bucht (S) describes the situation as grave: The Federation of Swedish Farmers (Lantbrukarnas Riksförbund) estimates that the drought will cost farmers around SEK 10 billion
Mr Bucht now says farmers will not be able “to cope on their own” and that the government “is working intensively to draw up a national aid programme,” which it hopes to present shortly.
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