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Drought in Slovenia Has Already Caused 28 Million Euros in Damage

Ljubljana, 3 July - The conditions in the drought-stricken Slovene agriculture sector remain catastrophic despite the recent precipitation. Agriculture Minister Ciril Smrkolj told Monday's press conference that a substantial drop in the production of wheat, corn, oat and rice can be expected, while hop production has also been affected by high temperatures. Smrkolj said that the State Commission for Reorganisation has almost compiled its finding on the consequences of the drought, something that the government asked it to do two weeks ago. Smrkolj believes that concerning the loss of income a special bill should be founded by which assistance to the drought-stricken farmers would be assured. The Agriculture Advising Office estimates that in the main agricultural areas the drought has caused some SIT 5.7 billion (27.8 million euros) in damage so far.

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