Analysis 21 Aug 17

‘Lucifer’ Wreaks Havoc With Balkan Agriculture

One of the worst-ever heat waves to hit the Balkans this summer, ‘Lucifer’ has brought drought and forest fires, decimating crops across the region, experts say.

Srecko Latal, Dorentina Kastrati, Sinisa Jakov Marusic, Filip Rudic
BIRN
Sarajevo, Pristina, Skopje, Belgrade
The extreme weather has decimated grain and corn crops, as well as fruit and vegetable production across the Balkans. Photo: Pixabay

While many people in the Balkans still remain on their summer holidays, officials across the region have started calculating the damage that the prolonged heat wave, codenamed Lucifer, has inflicted on agriculture.

The region was exposed to extraordinarily harsh heat for almost two months, with temperatures steadily exceeding 35 degrees Celsius, drought, as well as frequent thunder and even hailstorms.

Experts warn that the extreme weather has decimated grain and corn crops, as well as fruit and vegetable production across the Balkans, which is also having a damaging effects on livestock breeding and dairy production.

Given that much of the region's economy, especially its small farms, depends on agriculture, the damage will have a major impact on the economies of most Balkan countries for some time, experts stress.   

Subscribe to Balkan Insight Premium to read the full article.

Please login to your account below if you are already a Premium Subscriber.

Buy Premium Subscription

Our Premium Service gives you full access to all content published on BalkanInsight.com, including analyses, investigations, comments, interviews and more. Choose your subscription today and get unparalleled in-depth coverage of the Western Balkans.

Buy Premium Subscription

If you have trouble logging in or any other questions regarding you account, please contact us

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest News from the Balkans

18 Jan 18

Bosnia MPs Challenge Excise Law in Court

18 Jan 18

Blizzards Cause Turmoil in Romania and Moldova

18 Jan 18

US Confirms Backing for Croatia's LNG Terminal

Premium Selection

eu-funds-bring-hope-for-bosnia-s-neglected-farmers-01-17-2018
18 Jan 18

EU Funds Bring Hope for Bosnia's Neglected Farmers

A last-minute political breakthrough means that Bosnian farmers may finally be able to access badly needed EU funds for agriculture.

croatia-s-online-anti-hate-law-worries-experts-01-17-2018
18 Jan 18

Croatia’s Online Anti-Hate Law Worries Experts

With Croatia announcing new laws on regulating hate speech, incitement to violence and fake news online, some experts fear it may lead to censorship and limit freedom of expression.

18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?