Odeleite dam, one of the most affected by the drought

Water stress affecting farmers, bee-keepers as drought continues

Portugal’s drought is causing “water stress” and affecting agricultural production throughout Ribatejo Norte, the farmers’ association said today, citing “serious” problems with pastures, beekeeping and water catchment systems. “Permanent species are all suffering, those that are not irrigated, because the drought and this heat wave is putting them under water stress,” Luís Damas told Lusa, adding that rain-fed production was “a disaster in spring and summer crops” and “a disgrace for crops that supported livestock”, in terms of pasture.