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22 01
2018
India - 85% of pest-hit cotton fields uninsured, aid may be halved
With crops on nearly 85% of the pest-affected cotton fields in the state not being insured, 27.6 lakh loss-stricken farmers are facing a double whammy. They will not only miss out on relief under the crop insurance scheme, but also get only half the compensation from the National Disaster Response Fund(NDRF) compared to those with crop insurance. Cotton farmers are facing a crisis following a major pest attack on standing crops.
22 01
2018
India - Crop insurance scheme likely to get allocation of Rs 130 bn
The government of India (GoI) is likely to increase in Budget 2018 the allocation for the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) to Rs 130 billion for 2018-19 from Rs 107.01 billion for the current financial year, sources said. The GoI Budget for 2018-19 will be presented on February 1. Under the upgraded crop insurance scheme PMFBY, launched early 2016, farmers pay a very nominal premium and get a full claim for the crop damage.
22 01
2018
Canada - Extreme winter drought has farmers planning and praying
When Kevin Beach looks over his farmland, he sees an expanse of gray and yellow, almost bare of snow. It has him bracing for a tough seeding season. “We’re all kind of sitting here holding our breath,” Beach said. “As of today, we’re in a pretty serious drought condition.” That’s true across southern Saskatchewan. According to the National Agroclimate Information Service’s Dec. 31 drought map, a huge swath surrounding Regina is in “extreme drought.”
22 01
2018
Ukraine - 10-20% of winter crops in eastern oblasts were in poor condition
According to the monitoring reports , agricultural producers of eastern oblasts of Ukraine informed that nearly 10-20% of winter crops areas in the region were in poor condition. According to agrarians, the situation appeared due to rather weak development of winter crops in terms of late planting campaign. Also, sharp decreasing of the air temperature at night to -8...-12°C with insufficient snow covering of crops did not allow protecting poorly developed crops.
22 01
2018
India - Maharashtra to launch weather advisory system for farmers
The Maharashtra government is all set to introduce a system to issue daily district-wise weather advisory to farmers across the state. "The system has a capacity to generate weather alerts for every ten minutes, if required. The state is taking a step forward to explore the possibility of issuing weather advisory for farmers to minimise their crop losses due to adverse weather conditions," Agriculture Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh told PTI.
19 01
2018
Ireland - €314,000 paid out to farmers that lost crops in wet harvest of 2016
Approximately €314,000 has been paid out to farmers under the Crop Loss Support Measure, official figures reveal. The €1.5 million scheme was launched by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, last July to assist growers most affected by the wet weather harvest conditions of September 2016. A spokesperson for the department has confirmed that 69 cases have been paid out to date.