Salomé Soutelo | El Faro de Vigo |10.06.2015 02:45

The regional secretary of Unións Agrarias and responsible of Ganadería de la Unión de Pequeños Agricultores, Román Santalla, yesterday transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture the problems that already suffer the farmers and cattlemen of the zone due to the drought. It has not rained for a month, so losses are already palpable in the crops used for silage. Specifically, Santalla notes that the lack of rainfall already affects the growth of maize that was sown in 5,400 hectares. In some cases, the farms choose to replant for the second time, thus assuming a cost of 1,000 euros per hectare, which without a doubt will be a new loss for the sector, given that the harvest will be bad and that Due to the drought, pests such as drills or wire reappear. With these worms appear the damage of crows and crows, “who are scorching entire fields,” says Santalla.

The drought also causes the second cut of grass for forage to be very bad or even useless. In Deza and Tabeirós-Montes, according to the calculations of Unións Agrarias, about 19,000 hectares are devoted to the production of grass for silo, as well as another 18,000 to pastures, vital for the extensive herds but which are now depleted because of the high temperatures and a northeast wind that ended up drying the soils even more.

Faced with this situation, the farms have no choice but to reduce the ration to their animals, which will also reduce milk production. In the absence of knowing the state data, at European level both France and Germany reduced their milk production, while this increases in Ireland or the Netherlands. The average price was 31.6 cents per liter in April, down from 32.3 in March.