Hundreds of thousands of animals may have to be slaughtered in northern Italy which - in common with many other areas of Europe - is sufferinn its most severe drought for at least 30 years.
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Background: Hundreds of thousands of animals may have to be slaughtered in northern Italy which - in common with many other areas of Europe - is sufferinn its most severe drought for at least 30 years.
SYNOPSIS: The worst his areas are the usually fertile valleys lying south east of Milan in northern Italy. Rivers and reservoirs are far below normal levels and many small streams have dried up completely. The River Po and the River Ada are among the worst affected. Rainfall has been less than a third of the average, according to the meteorological office and several cities, among then Venice and Bergamot, have started water rationing.
While Italian politicians are fighting their power battles in Rome, the farmers in these areas are fighting for survival. Hundreds of thousands of animals may have to be slaughtered unless the rains come soon. The price of hay has already risen from about 60,000 (GBP40 sterling) a tonne in the spring to 85,000 lire (GBP56 sterling) and farmers fear this could double. If this does happen officials say keeping animals alive would be hopelessly uneconomical and many ??? would sell then for slaughter
Crops of wheat, maize, rice, potatoes and beans are all suffering from the drought. Local government officials from the areas have been visiting Rome, urging Agriculture Minister, Giovanni Marcora, to find a solution to the crisis.