More than 7,000 farm animals dead – More than 10,000 missing – Hundreds of collapsed buildings.
“The bad weather has caused damage to nearly 300 million euros to agriculture up and down the entire Italian Peninsula,” says reader Dr Mirco Poletto.
Here are the details, region by region, from Coldiretti (national association of cultivators).
• Lazio – Horticultural, olive, kiwi fruit and livestock. Stables and farm buildings collapsed especially in Frusinate worth 18 million. 2,500 heads of dead cows and sheep € 35,000,000 in damages.
• Abruzzo – Horticultural, floriculture, olive oil, wine and farming. Death sheep, cows and horses valued at 2 million. Barns and other rural buildings collapsed for a value of 17 million. € 32,000,000 in damages.
• Emilia-Romagna – Livestock, floriculture, fruit and olive oil. Death of several hundred cattle, sheep, horses and chickens. Mortality of bees for 4,000 euros. Collapsed barns and rural buildings for 12 million € 20,000,000 in damages.
• Marche – Horticultural in open fields and fruit. 120 stalls or collapsed buildings, 6000 of which 1000 animals died between cattle and sheep € 30,000,000 in damages.
• Campania – Horticultural, horticultural, livestock and olive oil. Killed over 100 sheep and 30 cattle. Collapsed barns and other rural buildings, especially in the provinces of Caserta and Avellino. 11.000.000.
• Puglia – Stables and farm buildings collapsed for 300,000 euros. Fruit and Vegetable destroyed 50% of the autumn-winter vegetables), floriculture, animal husbandry (including for loss of supply) and fish (aquaculture) € 20 million in damages.
• Basilicata – Fruit and vegetables (especially in the Vulture Melfi) and livestock. Still or greenhouses collapsed tunnel (especially mushrooms and strawberries) for a damage of 2 million. 150 dead cattle, 30 buffaloes and 1,500 sheep and goats. Stables and farm buildings collapsed for 3 million euros. € 15,000,000 in damages.
• Calabria – Olive and livestock. Dead animals: 80 cattle, 85 pigs and 1,200 sheep. Animals missing: 7-10000 sheep, pigs from 1.5 to 2000 € 20,000,000 in damages.
• Molise – Fruit and Vegetable and olive (drastic reduction in the production of olives for the next three years) and breeding. 18 and 15 collapsed barns and hay sheds for farm machinery. Confirmed Dead for 100 sheep, 100 horses and 50 cattle. One hundred animals dispersed. Estimated a reduction of 30% cow’s milk € 3,000,000 in damages.
• Tuscany – Horticultural, olive, kiwi fruit, wine and livestock. 100 of collapsed barns, sheds, barns and greenhouses. Dead horses and sheep. Concern for vegetative growth of olive trees € 22,000,000 in damages.
• Sardinia – Horticultural (notably fennel and artichokes for which Š was compromised 50% of production) and livestock. Death dozens of sheep. Strong increases in costs of supply of fodder and fuel for heating greenhouses € 30,000,000 in damages.
• Piedmont – Fruits and Vegetables, nuts and livestock. Very strong damage to the plants of kiwi, apricot and peach and young vineyards. € 15,000,000 in damages.
• Liguria – Horticultural and floricultural. Many sheep and goats died worth 10,000 euros. € 15,000,000 in damages.
• Lombardy – Horticultural and Livestock (with a decrease of 10-15% of milk production (amounting to 4,000,000 euros) and increased production costs) € 10 million in damages.
• Veneto – vallicoltura (especially mussels), floriculture and horticulture. Barns and other rural buildings collapsed mainly because of the wind. € 2,200,000 in damages.
• Friuli-V.Giulia – vallicoltura (lost 1,500 q.li of sea bream, sea bass and gray mullet, less memory for future production of fry). At the risk kiwi fruit vine and € 4,000,000 in damages.
• Umbria – Horticultural open field, decreased milk production, roofing barns and greenhouses for at least € 110,000 € 500,000 in damages.
• Sicily – Fruit and vegetables, cereals and livestock. 50% increase in production costs for greenhouse heating costs € 10,000,000 in damages.
• Val d’Aosta – No damage.
• Trentino-A.Adige – No damage.
ITALY total – € 294,700,000 in damages.
And this is just Italy! I shudder at what we will learn as the death and agricultural damage reports come in from other countries.
As I keep on repeating, I think we’ll be fighting in the streets for food long before we’re covered by ice.
Thanks to Dr Mirco Poletto for this link