Moravian farmers report devastating losses due to drought

Moravian farmers will demand compensation from the state for damages caused by this year’s drought, according to the head of the Moravian Agrarian Chamber Václav Hlaváček. Mr. Hlaváček told reporters on Wednesday that in Moravia the 2012 grain harvest was 65 percent smaller than last year’s due to the long months of drought which could have disastrous consequences for local farmers. He said farmers would request compensation to the tune of 750 million crowns. The situation in the Czech lands is slightly better although farmers say the harvest will be one of the worst in decades.