Recurring droughts prompt calls for change in French farming methods

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As France sizzles this weekend under an extreme heatwave, data shows that July this year saw the lowest rainfall in the country since that of 1959, and the scorched land is witnessing a severe drought that is now threatening the future of many farmers. In face of what has become a recurrent problem over recent years, some agronomists are calling for urgent and radical changes to conventional agricultural practices. Amélie Poinssot reports.

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In the Marne département (county) in north-east France, Jean-Baptiste Prévost, a farmer with around 280 hectares of field crops is uncertain of even breaking even this year amid a drought that has significantly reduced yields. This now recurrent phenomenon threatens an uncertain future.