This year, the grain production of Germany receives its lowest production since the year 1993. The German Farmers’ Association (DBV) seems a drop of 22% in Germany’s grain harvest this season. Seeing the country’s grain production, it has been found that the production is 26% below the country’s five-year average.
The total amount of winter wheat production is 23% less than the previous year 2017 which is at 18.6 million tonnes. For 2018, Germany’s total grain production is at 35.6 million tonnes which is down to 400,000t from the group’s estimate at the beginning of August, as estimated by DBV. From 2017, winter barley production is decreased by 18%. Also, there is a visible decrease of 36% in winter oilseed rape production.
Germany is facing a serious drought this year due to receiving the less rainfall and high heatwave in the summer. This becomes the reason of less production this season. Germany being the second biggest grain producer in the EU after France is seeing the major drop in grain exports and availability.
Germany exports a large amount of grain in the EU. As per the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Germany accounted for 26% of the UK’s wheat imports from between 2012/2013 to 2016/2017.
Seeing the critical condition of farmers due to drought, the government of Germany has decided to provide aid for €340 million to farmers. This year, the farmers have lost 30% or more of their crops. But, the aid provided by government isn’t enough for the loss of farmers. According to DBV, €1 billion is needed to compensate affected farmers for crop losses. Germany is witnessing the highest summer temperatures since the year 1881. So, DBV demands to provide more aids from the government of Germany.
Hannah Weber is a seasoned journalist with nearly 10 years experience. While studying journalism at FernUniversität Hagen, Hannah found a passion for finding engaging stories. As a contributor to Deutch News, Hannah mostly covers human interest pieces.