Drought hits 15 pct of Romanian sown arable area
‘To this area add another 141,000 hectares hit by the late spring freezing temperatures, hailstones and floods, which means the farming area affected this year totals 1.191 million hectares,’ Daniel Botanoiu said.
‘The oilseed rape crop has had to suffer most from the drought, namely some 35 percent of the area. Potatoes have been affected on 32 percent of the area, while grain such as wheat and barley on 19 percent.
The national weather forecaster has already announced Romania would see scorching temperatures of 38-40 degrees Celsius this summer; there will also be drought, but it will be less severe than in 2007.