Drought will cause crop failures in Spain, farmers warn

MADRID (AP) – The drought is now affecting 60% of Spain’s countryside, causing “irreversible losses” to more than 3.5 million hectares of crops, with some regions writing off wheat and barley completely for this year, says Spain’s main farmers’ association.

Wheat and barley are expected to be out in four major growing regions and badly hit in three others, the coordinator of farmers’ and ranchers’ organizations says in a new report.

Olives and nuts are struggling due to the ongoing drought in Spain, which is also affecting farmers’ ability to irrigate corn, sunflowers, rice and cotton.

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