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Drought: Italy Warns a Third of Farm Production At Risk

People sunbath in Turbigo, along Naviglio Grande canal, near, Milan, Italy, Tuesday July 12, 2022. The Italian government has declared a state of emergency for much of the rain-parched north, freeing up 36.5 million euros (about $38 million) in funds for the heavily agricultural regions. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
People sunbath in Turbigo, along Naviglio Grande canal, near, Milan, Italy, Tuesday July 12, 2022. The Italian government has declared a state of emergency for much of the rain-parched north, freeing up 36.5 million euros (about $38 million) in funds for the heavily agricultural regions. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Rome (AP) -- Italy’s agriculture minister warned Parliament on Wednesday that a third of Italy’s agricultural production was at risk because of drought and poor water infrastructure, and that the situation is only going to get worse in years to come.

Stefano Patuanelli provided the latest data from government research institutes which showed that Italy lost 19% of its available water resources from 1991-2020 compared to 1921-1950, and that the next decades could see further decreases of up to 40%.