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Farmers 'Lose Everything' In Deadly Floods

03 June 2010

POLAND – A large number of Polish farmers are said to have "lost everything" in recent floods, which have caused significant damage to more than 50,000 farms.

The full extent of destruction caused by severe flooding in late May, which killed 18 people and left scores homeless, will not be known until growers finish filing compensation claims, has reported.

Current assessments show that around 400,000 hectares (988,420 acres) of land has been destroyed by the floods, posing a serious threat to the country's position as the world's fourth-largest grain producer.

In reference to the disaster, a report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said: "Some farmers near swollen waterways lost everything in the deluge and will require years to restore their lands and farms."

As well as wreaking havoc on fields already planted, the severe rains have also hindered the sowing of spring crops, which official data has said will be down by 6.1 per cent, at 4.8 million hectares in total.

Growers in Kenya are currently facing a different problem, after the government issued a major alert over the threat of 2.3 million bags of poisonous maize earlier this week.

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