North Portugal: Growers hoping for rain to save crops

The drought in the north of Portugal is not yet alarming, but sources claim farmers are praying for a rainy February so that next year's crops are not compromised.

Agricultural engineer João Morais explains that the region suffers from “a meteorological drought, not a hydrological drought, as there is in the south”, and this happens “because there is still water in the soil”.

Director-general of the Association of Young Farmers of Portugal (AJAP), Firmino Cordeiro, said: “it is almost impressive that we are talking about a drought in mid-January. What is happening is that, in addition to this Covid-19 thing, which has afflicted our lives, we have to deal with an even more complicated thing, which is climate change.”

“To arrive in mid-January with little water accumulated in the soil is terrible. It is terrible for the crops that are traditionally grown in this more coastal region, such as green wine, silage corn, white corn, other fruit trees, kiwi, lemon trees, outdoor horticulture, almost without irrigation, in the Póvoa de Varzim area and others areas”, he explained.


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