Germany to give more than 30 million euros for fruit and wine
After a period of warm weather and an early blossom, two cold nights between the 19th and 21st of April with temperatures of -7°C had severely damaged fruit and wine production areas in Bavaria, but also Baden-Wuerttemberg and other states.
The Minister of Agriculture Helmut Brunner said: "The combination of the early fruit blossom and the frosty nights was devastating.
"In Bavaria alone, we are expecting losses of around 60 Million Euro on 3,800 hectares. The fruit growers and vintners around Lake Constance and in Franconia were hit especially hard.
"Even though there were protective measures put in place, some businesses had total losses, for example of their cherry harvest.
"This situation is threatening their existence and we will not let out producers go through this alone. Even more so, as these kinds of damages would not have been reasonably covered by insurance." ■