Saxony’s farmers’ president Torsten Krawczyk expects severe financial losses despite an average grain harvest in the Free State. Operating costs play a significant role in the production of food, said Krawczyk on Friday when presenting the harvest balance. The costs for fertilizers and pesticides as well as for seeds, energy and fuel have skyrocketed to unimagined heights. Compared to the previous year, this will lead to financial losses of 20 to 30 percent.

Although the harvest quantity is slightly above the six-year average, in addition to the increased production costs, there are also quality deficits for some types of grain. The reason is persistent rain during the harvest phase at the end of July to the beginning of August.