Storms and hailstorms are coming, which areas will be affected

Storms and hailstorms are coming, which areas will be affected

The new application frost.minagric.gr, aspires to be a tool for agricultural production.

At the LAED building in Athens, the presentation of a new application took place on Tuesday afternoon (click here) of the Ministry of Agriculture, which warns against frost and is the result of the cooperation of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Agriculture. A useful tool, according to officials of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which will provide information to farmers, so that they can deal in time with upcoming frost events.

How the user enters the map

One of the objectives of the application, which will provide forecasts at the municipality level, as highlighted during the event, will be to prevent frost damage to crops in winter and spring, both in production and in the vegetable capital of the country. According to ELGA data, between 2000 and 2009, frost was responsible for 36% of all disasters caused by natural phenomena in our country. In the last 23 years alone, the cost of compensation paid out due to damage to production or plant capital is estimated at around 1.25 billion euros. As mentioned in the event, the app works with maps, but not with google, it provides hourly data to users (farmers). Each farmer can at this time, via his computer (soon also via a special application on his mobile phone), access the specific website.

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The page that appears after the user first logs into the app

There he can choose the day he is interested in and the point in Greek territory, so he can see the forecast for any upcoming frost. The map shows four risk levels by county. In particular, in green are the areas where no frost is expected, in yellow are the areas where there is a possibility of frost, in orange moderate frosts are expected, while finally in red are the areas where severe frosts are expected.

Its mode of operation

The application will be available on the “cloud” of the Ministry of Digital Governance (frost.minagric.gr), while by the end of next month the application will be ready to work on mobile phones. Thanks to this, the producer will receive the early and valid warning necessary to take the necessary protective measures before and after the frost.

The information concerns the frost forecast for the next three days with a time step of one hour so that anyone interested can know precisely the start and end time of the phenomenon.

Producers will be able to be updated via notifications on their mobile phones or via email for the region they have chosen. In addition, the fact that the application was developed in a Geographic Information Systems environment allows for great spatial analysis and the ability to provide information even at the plot level. The project uses the weather forecast from the European Meteorological Center, which is the best in the world, and therefore the weather forecast data is obtained through EMY. The total cost of the application for the Greek public is particularly low, since it does not exceed 30,000 euros, while the data on which its operation is based are provided free of charge.

Speaking at the event for the presentation of the “Frost Warning App”, the Minister of Agricultural Development and Food, Giorgos Georgantas, underlined, among other things, that it is about an application that will significantly help growers take the appropriate protective measures, both before and after frost. , and at the same time it will help to save resources.

“The FSA, recognizing both the extraordinary conditions created by climate change and the adverse consequences it has on production, has succeeded over the 2020-2022 triennium, with systematic effort and method, in paying compensations in the same year and the first months of the following year. Compensation, however, is a fire-fighting measure, not a preventive one, and for this reason the Ministry, in direct cooperation with ELGA and EMY, proceeded to create the application of frost warnings,” the minister said characteristically.

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A good idea, which was immediately implemented, characterized the application of the freezing notification by the Ministry of Anti-Corruption Service G. Georgandas

Especially to deal with frost, the Ministry of Antifreeze pointed out that the early warning of producers, through the use of modern technologies, can lead to the taking of appropriate active protection measures with the aim of reducing or even to avoid the risk of damage. “These damages are damaging both for the Greek budget, which bears the cost of compensation, and for our producers, who lose part of their production,” the minister said.

In closing, he stressed that the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food is on the side of the producers. “We listen to their problems and provide solutions. Our farmers will embrace this information, this free app.”

In his greeting, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr. Thodoros Skylakakis said, among other things, that: “Efficiency is also the main feature of this tool. This is an excellent offer from the Ministry of Transport and Communications to farmers. I wish we had a thousand such projects because Greece would be a different way to live.” Call on farmers to adopt this app.

For his part, the Vice-President (President And. Lykourentzos was absent due to illness) of ELGA, Mr. Giorgos Feretzanis noted: “I believe that the ministry makes the most of its partners. The synergies between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and ELGA are essential. ELGA is closely linked to the payment of compensation, but it also has another responsibility. Promote proactive protection to prevent damage and avoid compensation. We commend the ministry and Mr. Anandranistakis for this initiative. »

For his part, the Commander of EMY Lieutenant Commander (I), Mr. Dimitris Sideridis in his greeting mentioned the importance of the application of frost warnings which was carried out with the contribution of EMY. He underlined the close cooperation of the EMY with the Ministry of Defense and the exchange of know-how on meteorological radars. He also underlined the importance of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the “Settlement of issuances of the special account of the EMY, for the use of its income from the European Organization for Aviation Safety (EUROCONTROL)”.

This was followed by speeches by Professor at the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics of the University of Patras, Mr. Athanasios Argyriou on the theme “Freezing and its consequences on the national economy” and by Mrs. Flora Gofa, EMY Meteorologist on the theme: “Contribution of weather forecasts-alerts to Agriculture”.

What conditions favor frost growth?

Mr. Argyriou gave the definition of frost in agriculture and mentioned the effects it has on the national economy. He explained what frost is and how it is caused, how it has an indicative effect on certain crops and cited data on the amount of compensations that have been granted over the past twenty years, as well as their geographical characteristics. . As he said, frost “is caused when the air temperature at the ground drops below the freezing temperature of water (0°C). It can also be caused when the ground cools more faster than air, even if the air temperature (for example at 2 m) is above freezing point.It is also favored by low temperatures, apnea, low relative humidity of the atmosphere and the absence of cloud cover”.

Ms. Gofa spoke about the contribution of meteorology to agriculture and more specifically about the predictions of EMY weather models in relation to parameters such as temperature and frost, while mentioning the possibilities and perspectives of their use.

The presentation of the application of freeze notices was made by the Service Secretary of the Ministry of AAT, Dr. Manolis Anandranistakis. He explained in great detail the ease of use of this specific application, which will be one of the most useful and immediately accessible tools for every farmer. Then, Mr. Apostolos Polymeros, Director General of HYPAAT, meteorologists from EMY, etc. discussed “Frost Predictions – Protective Measures Before and After”. Anna Mamara and Eleni Hatzi and the Vice President of ETHEA, Mr. Christos Giannakakis, who focused on the effects of a freeze in terms of exports, currencies and by extension our national economy.

Attendees

Were present the FSA, Simos Kedikoglou and Giorgos Stylios, the secretary general of the FSA Christiana Kalogirou and Costas Baginetas, the deputies: Fthiotidas, E. Makri, Pellis D. Stamenitis, Thesprotias G. Yogiakas, Magnisias A. Lioupis, Serron A Hatzivasileiou , Kastoria Z. Tzigalayas, Pella, L. Vasiliadis. Also, the president of OPEKEPE, E. Simandrakos, the President of the IGE. D. Kyriakopoulos, the general director of ELGO-DIMITRA, P. Hatjinikolau and the vice-president of the organization, Stavroula Petri, the rector of the Agricultural University, S. Kintzios and the vice-rector, ME Flemetakis. The event was presented and coordinated by journalist Gogo Katseli.

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