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25 05
2018
Weather index-based insurance for the Pacific
Smallholder farmers in the Pacific have no access to weather index-based insurances, while flooding is a real threat for them. Preliminary research in the region suggests that weather and agricultural data, and the exact locations of farmers is weak in the region. Catastrophe risk insurance can provide quick payouts in the wake of a major disaster. The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot (PCRIP) was a pilot that tested a multicounty index-based risk pooling programme.
25 05
2018
Canada - Sask beekeepers suffer significant losses
Saskatchewan beekeepers suffered major losses over the winter and early spring due to bitterly cold weather. The president of the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission, Simon Lalonde, says 35 to 40 percent of bees died over the winter and early spring. He says beekeepers will rebuild but will have a lean year with honey production down about 20 to 30 percent. Saskatchewan produces about 25 percent of Canada’s honey crop or 19 million pounds.
25 05
2018
Nepal - Storm causes loss of ₹45 million to banana farmers
Strong winds have damaged banana plantations in Nepal’s Kailali and Kanchanpur districts, causing farmers losses of over ₹44 million (€350,000). More than 800 farmers, who had planted bananas on over 35 hectares of land, have suffered great losses as 89,250 banana plants, ready to bear fruits, have collapsed due to strong winds.
25 05
2018
India - Inclement weather sours sweetness of melons in Punjab
Almost 35% of the muskmelon and watermelon crops, grown on over 4,000 ha in Kapurthala and Jalandhar, have been damaged due to rains and hailstorms this season. Farmers in the area are looking at even bigger losses as unfavourable weather earlier this month has reduced the sweetness of melons. Untimely rain causes melons to swell, making them tasteless, say experts.
25 05
2018
Taiwan - Cops guard watermelons
Hualien's Yuli Township is renowned for its sweet watermelons and this year -because of a mild spring- a bumper harvest is expected in an area covering 160 hectares. Many of the watermelon farmers are elderly, and in previous years to prevent thieves from making off with the hard-earned melons, many would have to camp out in the fields at night.
25 05
2018
Nigeria - Armyworm: farmers may lose $4bn crops this year
Amidst fears of imminent food shortage, the menace of fall armyworm pests ravaging farms across Nigeria may lead to loss of crops worth $4 billion. However, to avert this, farmers under the aegis of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) are calling for drastic measures from the Federal Government to stop the spread of the pest.
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