France lifts caps on farm compensation after frost threatens harvest

The unexpected frost has hit 80 percent of French vineyards, according to one estimate.

France lifts caps on farm compensation after frost threatens harvest

France will immediately lift a cap on disaster compensation for farmers after several nights of exceptional frost, which has threatened crops around the country, Prime Minister Jean Castex said Saturday.

The government will use all the means at its disposal to provide “exceptional” funding, said Castex according to French news channel BFM Business. During a visit to a farm in southeast France, he said the government would also work with banks and insurers to help farmers. 

The unexpected frost has hit 80 percent of French vineyards, according to one estimate. Farmers growing fruit and field crops, such as rapeseed, are also facing bleak harvests, Minister of Agriculture Julien Denormandie told France Info. 

Denormandie described the situation as “completely exceptional,” explaining that earlier warm weather had brought crops into bud, but the overnight frosts led to a sudden freezing. “Once the bud freezes, the whole harvest is deeply damaged, sometimes even completely lost,” he said.

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