Tensions rising between Mallorcan farmers and the government

LIVESTOCK: There is a lack of grazing lands due to the drought.

TENSIONS are rising between Mallorcan farmers and the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, because of lack of aid to combat problems associated with the drought.  

Farmers have expressed disappointment in the government’s handling of the drought situation, claiming that the €1.5 million of government aid is inadequate to cover costs for alternative solutions to compensate for the loss of grazing lands.

General Secretary of the Farmer’s Union Biel Torrens said the amount offered by the government was totally insufficient and would not even cover a minimum of the additional costs facing farmers.

The agricultural association Asaja believes the government should take on 50 per cent of the cost of feeding the livestock, which would equal between €4 million and €5 million.

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