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Drought in Italy: Water scarcity affects clam production
Italy fears its national dish, spaghetti ale vongol. Due to the drought, the sea was deeper and deeper in Italy’s longest river, the Del Delta, where clam production was threatened.
Posted: 10:08 am
Updated: 33 minutes ago
According to the Goldiretti Farmers’ Association, shellfish production has dropped by 20 percent due to rising water temperatures. An entire sector is at risk due to water scarcity, producing more than 93 million kg of shells and mussels each year.
The association said that in 2022, the rainfall was only half the average of previous years. There is a risk of increasing imports of mussels from abroad, which already account for one-third of consumption. Imports of mussels from abroad have already increased by 50 per cent in the first three months of this year.
“The situation is dire.”
“The work of hundreds of fishing families and fish farmers is at stake. The situation is so dire that it is necessary to declare a state of emergency to save the surroundings of the pond, “Goldretty said.
The situation is aggravated by the current drought in Italy. Some regions in the north are already demanding that the government in Rome declare a state of emergency. “I think the implementation of the emergency law due to the drought is inevitable,” said Agriculture Minister Stefano Paduvenelli.
It had not rained for four months
Various parts of the Mediterranean country have not received rain for four months, and the Po River is at its lowest level in 70 years.
Water shortages have endangered many harvests in the Piedmont, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna areas. In many places water reservoirs are empty and tanks are used, in some communities water is used only for drinking or other important areas of daily life. In Piedmont, many harvests are expected to be destroyed by early July if no special measures are taken. (SDA)
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