Italy declares state of emergency amid severe drought

Agricultural output is said to plunge in key areas
calendar icon 4 July 2022
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The Italian government will declare a state of emergency for the areas worst hit by a drought, reported Reuters, citing a government statement on Monday.

A cabinet meeting on the issue has been scheduled for 1800 (1600 GMT), it added. Declaring a state of emergency allows authorities to take decisions faster, cutting through normal legislative procedures.

Several Italian regions have already declared a state of emergency, looking to free up funds to counter the growing water crisis as farming associations say agricultural output is set to plunge this year in key areas.

Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.

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