Food: Dryness: Faced with water restrictions, farmers are more and more helpless

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Face à une © Gaizka Iroz / AFP in the face of an "exceptional drought" and a "historic situation that crosses many territories", Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne activated the inter -ministerial crisis cell, Matignon announced on Friday. 93 departments are the subject of restrictions and for French farmers, the situation becomes very difficult.

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93 departments are subject to restrictions and this particularly affects French farmers. Europe 1 met an operator from Cassel in the north of the country.


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The nights have become very short

Matthias has pockets under the eyes, the features drawn. For a week, due to the restrictions, the nights have been short. He can only irrigate three nights a week. "It's hard. The concern is that this year, we have to water more often than usual. The problem is that we do not go when it is windy, you can imagine yourself that with the cannon, the water goes a little in all directions, so we also have to take this into account, "he says.

Being on the alert permanently

other things are to be taken into account as the reel, this huge 500-meter long pipe that this farmer uses to irrigate. You have to be on the alert all the time. "It is surveillance that asks that we get up at night because it can always happen," he admits.

"On this type of machine, a belt can break or safety may not set off so you water in the same place. You damage the culture more than anything else," he deplores.

Something to irrigate another week, no more

for these vegetables, this market gardener takes the water of a pool which he filled this winter. What left for a week, no more. Afterwards, it will have to rain, he insists, if not, the cultures will be grilled.

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