Danish crop harvest to fall 40 percent due to drought
A prolonged heatwave and lack of rain have also severely damaged crops in countries such as France, Germany, and Sweden, as well as the Baltic states.
As a consequence, the country's government on Thursday set out aid measures for drought-afflicted farmers to ensure they can collect enough fodder for their animals and have more time to sow certain crops usually limited to summer sowing.
The government stopped short of offering any direct financial help but said it was concerned about a wave of bankruptcies.
Twenty Danish agricultural businesses declared bankruptcy in June, more than twice the number in the same period last year. In 2018 so far, 100 farmers have declared bankruptcy, compared with 130 in all of 2017.
Europe is grappling with one of the hottest summers on record and the European Commission recently said it would speed up payments to EU farmers hit by extreme droughts to counteract the decrease in crop production.
Rapeseed and rye harvests are expected to fall by about 25 percent and 35 percent, respectively, it added.
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