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Norwegian farmers get record cash for climate damage

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Staff writer ▼ | July 15, 2014
Norwegian farmers got record compensation from the government as a result of extreme weather wrecking their crops.
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Norwegian farmerNorwegian farmers got record compensation from the government as a result of extreme weather wrecking their crops.


The Ministry of Agriculture recorded its highest ever payout to farmers last year after nearly 1,500 farmers received a share of 80.2 million kroner.

The report by the government stated: "There was considerable damage to crops caused by climate in 2013, which produced many cases of compensation in several counties."

More than one million hectares of farmland was affected by floods in 2013, caused by rapid snow-melting and heavy rainfall. Unusual weather also led to a record number of crop failures across Norway.

Farmers received compensation for root crops, where weather damage destroyed crops which grow under the earth only.

Each Norwegian county sends out inspectors who check the cause and extent of the climate damage. Farmers must pay 30 percent of the value of the lost crops themselves, before any government compensation is paid out.


 

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