Drought making problems for agriculture in Norway

Source: Xinhua| 2018-07-05 00:47:30|Editor: yan
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OSLO, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Abnormally high temperature in Norway with little or no precipitation led to crop failure in several places in the Nordic country, the Norwegian government said Wednesday.

Minister of Agriculture and Food Jon Georg Dale expressed sympathy with the industry farmers, saying that the drought's consequences might significantly impact food production and animal feed situation during winter.

"The government is mapping the possibility to import feed and to evaluate how fast one in that case should decrease customs duty," Dale was quoted as saying in a statement.

According to Hanne Beate Skattor from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, south of Norway is currently between two heat waves.

"It is actually coincidental. The high pressures are positioned in such a way that it stays dry and warm in the region, even though there is precipitation in both the west and the north," Skattor told newspaper Dagbladet.

One high pressure is located in the Atlantic Ocean and the other above Russia, she added.

"We will follow closely the situation and the way this will develop further. What we need is primarily rain, but my encouragement to the farmers is to seek information about what the individual farmer can do in the situation they are in," Dale said.