23 August 2002

Fight for wet weather aid

RAIN-HIT farmers in Northern Ireland have increased their efforts to secure help from Brussels to offset the effects of this years high rainfall.

The Ulster Farmers Union asked the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to help farmers hit by wet weather. The request was prompted by EU Commission comments that floods in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic must be addressed.

Severe flooding has left large swathes of the Czech Republic and central and eastern Germany under water. &#42