Current drought a “last warning”
Extreme weather events like the current drought will occur more and more frequently and Germany’s agriculture sector must adapt, writes Markus Balser in an opinion piece in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Farmers must take the drought as a last warning and change: they must adopt a new cultivation strategy and say farewell to mass livestock farming as it is practiced today,” writes Balser. Federal agriculture minister Julia Klöckner has announced that German farmers would receive a total of about 340 million euros in financial support to offset losses from extreme weather. “The government won’t always be able to help in the long run,” adds Balser.