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Balkan drought highlights years of farm neglect

Mon, 08/20/2012 - 10:25am
Reuters

KALESIJA, Bosnia (Reuters) - As crops wilt and die in the Balkans, farmers struck down by a particularly harsh drought this year are ruing the region's failure to upgrade irrigation networks and invest in a long-term agricultural strategy.

Hot, dry weather in eastern and southern Europe has piled pressure on world grain markets already reeling from huge drought damage in the United States.

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