France declares ‘calamité agricole’ after record cold

  • Date: 11/04/21
  • The Connexion

Wednesday April 7 was one of the coldest April days since 1930.

The government has acknowledged the damage that many farmers had suffered to their crops as a result of the freezing weather.

Farmers across France will receive government support after the agriculture minister acknowledged the damage the cold had wreaked on crops; with the cold snap set to continue across the country.

Minister of Agriculture Julien Denormandie confirmed a state of “calamité agricole” – or farming disaster – yesterday (April 8), to acknowledge the damage that many farmers had suffered to their crops as a result of the freezing weather.

He told FranceInfo: “[We confirm] the implementation of what we call the calamité agricole scheme…

From Monday April 5, temperatures in some areas of France dropped suddenly to around 7C below the usual average. 

Wednesday April 7 was one of the coldest April days since 1930. 

Even in the south, temperatures dropped below freezing overnight on Tuesday and Wednesday. Low temperature records for April were broken in Gourdon in Lot, at -4.8C; Montauban in Tarn-et-Garonne (-2.1C); and in Nîmes in Gard (-0.7C).

Winemakers and fruit growers have been particularly affected.

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