Government considers measures to help rain-hit farmers

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DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius

“We are looking for solutions. One of the options is to turn to the European Commission. Another option is to look into the future and set up a crisis fund, because natural disasters and animal-related diseases have a significant impact on the agricultural sector,” Skvernelis said on LRT Radio.

“Declaring a nationwide state of emergency is an option that would allow us using the state’s reserve funds,” he said.

The Agriculture Ministry plans to turn to the European Commission on Wednesday for compensation for losses suffered by farmers.

Agriculture Minister Bronius Markauskas also proposes to set up a risk management fund that could be tapped to compensate farmers for damages due to natural disasters.

Six Lithuanian municipalities have already declared a state of emergency over the effects of heavy rainfall.

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