That will cost the winegrowers almost 2 billion euros, the French umbrella organization of farmers FNSEA announced.
According to Secretary-General Jerôme Despey of the federation, the estimate was made after consultation of all concerned. The Minister of Agriculture Julien Denormandie already spoke on Monday of ‘probably the greatest agricultural catastrophe of the beginning of the 21st century’. The government is working on an emergency plan.
This weekend it was already clear that hundreds of farms have been affected. Winegrowers in Burgundy or in the Rhone Valley expect an almost complete crop failure. For example, a winegrower in the Landes department speaks of at least 90 percent loss.
After fairly mild and spring-like temperatures in late March, the mercury dropped below zero for a series of nights. Farmers are deploying fire pits en masse to protect their vines from the frost, as can be seen in this video: