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Nearly 7,000 ha in Bulgaria damaged by hail since start of 2019

Christian Fernsby |
The areas damaged by hail storms since the start of 2019 total 7,000 ha up to this moment, Agriculture, Food and Forestry Minister Dessislava Taneva said Tuesday in Svishtov (North-central Bulgaria), quoted by her Ministry in a press release.

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She explained that the necessary actions have been taken in the regions where the weather conditions allow, and commissions from the regional agricultural directorates are already evaluating the losses.

Taneva noted that the areas declared for aid under the direct payments campaign, which is currently running, total about 3.8 million ha for the whole country, and a total of 107,000 applications have been submitted up to this moment.

The Minister said that farmers whose crops were 100 per cent damaged will be compensated through the state aid for compensating farmers' losses for completely destroyed crops as a result of natural disasters or adverse weather conditions.

The compensation is higher for crops under insurance.

The budget for the aid will total 4 million leva.

Taneva, Interior Minister Mladen Marinov and the director of Fire Safety and Civil Protection Chief Directorate visited two villages damaged by the strong hail storms, Morava and Dragomirovo.

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