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'Disaster': Sicily's farmers sound alarm as water dries up

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🗞️ Driving the news: Italy's drought emergency in Sicily severely impacts farmers and livestock breeders, with significant water shortages exacerbating production costs and threatening livestock health
• Agricultural producers face reduced yields, particularly in hay and olive oil production, due to the extreme weather conditions

🔭 The context: Sicily, a major producer of olive oil and livestock, is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years
Water scarcity has led to increased costs and reduced productivity, with hay production expected to drop by 60-70%, and olive oil production has dramatically decreased due to adverse weather conditions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The drought highlights the broader impact of climate change on agriculture, essential for food security and economic stability
• Effective management and mitigation strategies are crucial to support farmers and ensure sustainable agricultural practices in the face of increasing climate variability

⏭️ What's next: The Italian government has allocated €20 million to address the drought emergency in Sicily, but more substantial and long-term interventions are needed
• Experts call for improved maintenance of water storage systems and more robust policies to support farmers and mitigate future climate impacts

💬 One quote: "Without farmers, there is desertification, there are fires, and Sicily as we know it would no longer exist," says Graziano Scardino, president of the Italian Farmers Confederation Sicily

📈 One stat: Damages confirmed today exceed €1 billion, reflecting the extensive impact of the drought on Sicily's agricultural sector

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