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Drought: Confagricoltura Piemonte, the rains are not enough

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(ANSA) – TURIN, JULY 27 – “The rains of the last two days, with some hailstorms which fortunately, apart from a few isolated cases, caused limited damage to crops, did not help to mitigate the effects of the drought”. This was stated by Confagricoltura Piemonte, in a note. It is observed that more intense rains were recorded in Mondovì (Cuneo), with 69 millimeters of precipitation, and in Viola (Cuneo), where 133 millimeters of water accumulated.

“In areas of intensive agriculture, rainfall – declared Enrico Allasia, president of Confagricoltura Piemonte – was generally modest, with accumulations of less than 20 millimeters of water in 24 hours. Excluding some cases, such as Saluzzo (Cuneo), where the rains reached 65 millimeters and Villanova Solaro (Cuneo), where they touched 50 millimeters, the rains were generally scarce. This means that agriculture continues to need water. The forecast models – he adds – at the moment they do not indicate significant changes in the weather situation: at most some isolated thunderstorms. The crops continue to be strongly at risk, in particular the corn crops throughout Piedmont and the rice crops in the Lower Vercellese area and in the province of Novara “.

“The drought increases the costs for irrigation” is reiterated, recalling the request of Confagricoltura to the Region “to intervene to support businesses”. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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