France raises aid fund for farmers after harsh frost wipes out crops


France's aid fund for agricultural catastrophes is to be increased, Prime Minister Jean Casteix has announced, after continuing severe nationwide frosts that followed exceptionally mild weather have wiped out many crops in the bud, especially fruit and including vast amounts of grapes in winegrowing regions.

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The French government will lift upper limits on its agriculture catastrophe fund to compensate farmers for frost damage to their crops, Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced, reports