Berlin (dpa) - In view of the growing climate risks for German farmers, Greens boss Robert Habeck calls for agriculture to be more adapted to climate change.

Water scarcity and hot temperatures are an increasingly pressing problem for farmers, "to which nobody can turn a blind eye," Habeck told the German press agency. «The extreme is becoming the rule. And that changes the basic assumptions on which agriculture was previously carried out. " In order to master the situation, it is high time to tackle the adaptation of agriculture to the climate crisis - both in the cultivation of plants and in animal husbandry.

For example, mixed crops instead of monocultures, more diverse crop rotations with plants that are resistant to heat and drought, more trees on agricultural land, different sowing and harvesting dates and more organic farming are needed, said Habeck. Animal populations have to be reduced so that a farm only has as many animals as it can in principle feed with the yield of its land. “The aim is to have fewer animals, but more space and good care,” he said. In the summer of 2018, the feed supply for the animals was not sufficient, and there was emergency slaughter.

The day before, during the presentation of the harvest balance, the President of the Farmers' Association, Joachim Rukwied, drew attention to the higher risks that farmers are confronted with due to climate change. They rely on soil-conserving methods and resistant species and breeds. But he also called for state aid to set up a "multiple risk insurance" to protect farmers.

The left's climate policy spokesman in the Bundestag, Lorenz Gösta Beutin, then demanded that the state should no longer let farmers “sit on dry land”. In addition to state emergency aid for climate damage, climate insurance would have to be subsidized. So far, the majority of farmers have not been able to afford the expensive insurance. In return, agriculture must invest even more in climate protection.

The agricultural policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Gero Hocker, had called for “decisive action” - such as the “consistent promotion of digital technologies” and a tax-free risk equalization reserve, which the farmers' association has long been calling for. In addition, the approval of modern pesticides would have to be accelerated and modern genetic engineering methods advanced.

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