Erfurt (dpa/th) - The traditional harvest festival in Thuringia was celebrated with an ecumenical service in Erfurt. Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) received one of the hand-made harvest crowns on Sunday, according to the State Chancellery. The President of the Farmers' Association, Klaus Wagner, took stock of the harvest. However, he also referred to the major challenges facing agriculture in view of exploding energy prices and high expenditure on fertilizers, among other things.
According to the farmers' association, the low rainfall this year led to yield and quality losses in many places. There were large regional differences in the harvest results as well as in the individual types of fruit.
Thuringia's fruit growers are expecting harvest losses of up to 40 percent for apples compared to 2021. For sweet cherries, on the other hand, the previous year's result was exceeded by more than half.
Thanksgiving is celebrated in Thuringia and Germany with church services and processions. The ancient Greeks introduced the custom of thanking the grain goddess Demeter for a rich harvest.