Serbia experiencing "strong and extreme" drought
Source: B92, Tanjug
BELGRADE -- According to Serbia's state meteorological authority RHMZ the ongoing drought has in the past days become "strong and extreme" in much of the country.
A field of corn, destroyed by the drought, is seen in northern Serbia (Tanjug)
RHMZ Director Milan Dacić stated on Wednesday that should this weather continue, one consequence will become evident come the harvest season, when crops are likely to yield from 30 to 50 percent less than planned.
From June 17 until July 16, average daily temperatures in Serbia ranged from 18 to 26 degrees centigrade - which is from 3.5 to six degrees higher than normal.
Dacić, who today addressed the Agriculture Committee of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (PKS), described this as "alarming".
During the same period of time, he further explained, the rainfall amounted only to 20 percent of the average expected amount.
The fact that night-time temperatures did not drop below 20 degrees centigrade for a substantial period of time meant that "plants could not recover from the heat stress".
However, he also noted that in the past 10 to 12 years "one third passed in extreme droughts", and asserted that this was proof that "climate changes are already taking place", and that the citizens should be aware that the future holds "climate extremes, including strong droughts and intensive precipitation".
The 2000 drought cost the Serbian agriculture industry some USD 700mn in damages, while in 2003, the figure reached almost a billion dollars.
Some rainfall is expected from July 23 until 29, but Dacić warned it would be "modest". The rain will alleviate the problem, "but won't help the agriculture much".
This weather is set to continue until August 10, he also stated, and revealed that when it comes to the temperatures measured in southern Serbia, 2012 turned out to be the hottest year since 1888.
Meanwhile, the current drought has halved Serbia's crop production, and the damage estimates state a figure of USD 2.1bn, Serbian Chamber of Commerce (PKS) expert Vojislav Stanković said on Wednesday.
Serbia was also hit by a drought last summer and fall, which was followed by a winter of extremely cold weather.
July 16, 2012 | 18:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- National Bank of Serbia (NBS) Governor Dejan Šoškić stated on Monday that he had no reason to resign nor to discuss this topic with politicians.
July 12, 2012 | 17:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Consistent with the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) expectations, the year-on-year inflation continued up and reached 5.5 percent in June, the central bank said.
July 13, 2012 | 21:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- URS leader Mlađan Dinkić posted on Friday on his Twitter account that Železara (steel mill) Smederevo would likely find a partner in Russia or China.
July 12, 2012 | 13:41 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
MEDVEĐA -- The Farmakom MB Concern has invested EUR 5mn into the Lece gold mine, located near Medveđa, in southern Serbia.
July 16, 2012 | 11:33 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- In the first four months of 2012, Serbia's balance of payments deficit increased almost by half when compared to the respective period in 2011.
July 13, 2012 | 09:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian dinar weakened 0.3 percent against the euro on Friday, setting the official middle exchange rate at RSD 115.1832, the National Bank of Serbia says.
July 12, 2012 | 09:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian dinar strengthened 0.5 percent against the euro on Thursday, the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) has announced.
July 18, 2012 | 13:43 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's trade deficit in 2011 added up to EUR5.8 billion, 11.1 percent more than in 2010, the Serbian Statistical Office said on Tuesday, Beta is reporting.
July 18, 2012 | 09:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian dinar continued to slide for the fourth straight day against the euro on Wednesday, weakening, the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) has announced.
July 18, 2012 | 19:08 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- German WAZ Media Group has said that the sale of its stake in the Belgrade-based Politika publishing house was legal and in line with the founding documents.
July 17, 2012 | 10:39 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian dinar (RSD) is continuing to lose value against the euro (EUR) for a fourth day in a row, the central bank (NBS) has announced.
July 17, 2012 | 16:38 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- World Bank's Loup Brefort says "the two business models that many claim are the foundation of the Serbian economy did not lead to sustainable development".
July 14, 2012 | 15:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The new Fiat model 500L, which is manufactured in Serbia, could be ordered in Italy and the world's largest markets as of this month.