An innocent rain shower in Jinghaxiang, Yunnan, suddenly turned into a hailstorm at around six in the afternoon of December 9th. Local agricultural production areas suffered severe damage, and local farmers suffered severe losses. Local news reports damage to 50 houses and more than 26 hectares of crops.
Jackson Lewangu looks up at the clouds scudding above the dry plains of northern Kenya. And, somewhere higher still, a satellite looks down on him. Since 2012 Mr Lewangu, who keeps goats and cattle, has bought insurance designed by the International Livestock Research Institute, based in Nairobi. The satellite monitors vegetation; when it is unusually scarce, he gets a payout.
There are 401 villages in Gujarat where farmers have suffered crop loss of 33 per cent or more during this year’s Kharif season. The latest State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) report that was unveiled on Thursday show that the farmers incurred crop losses despite the state government’s efforts to provide Narmada water to save the Kharif crops after a poor monsoon.
A Spanish study on the adaptation of long shelf-life Mediterranean tomatoes grown in greenhouses and open fields was issued on 4th December 2018. Long shelf-life tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) landraces, characterized by carrying the alc allele in the NOR.NAC locus, have been traditionally cultivated in the Mediterranean region.
Farmers have been warned to be vigilant after a bad dog attack left nine sheep dead with a further three needing to be put down due to injuries earlier this week. Issuing the warning, Northern Ireland based veterinary practice Orchard Veterinary Centre Armagh explained through social media the incident that had occurred near the village of Keady in Co. Armagh.
The next few weeks of weather will be make or break for Waikato maize growers after some crops have failed to germinate properly. A chemical treatment used on maize seeds sold under the Pioneer brand is being blamed for poor germination rates, prompting concerns it may impact crop yield when harvesting begins in early 2019.
Hail insurance is a regular factor for Bindi Bindi farmer Toby Ellis, who said he wouldn’t sleep at night if his crop wasn’t covered. After losing up to 50 per cent of his canola to hail in the first week of November, Mr Ellis then lost 350 hectares of wheat and lupins in a storm that passed through early last week.
The total potato harvest is 13% down on the five-year average of 5.6m tonnes at 4.9m tonnes, according to the annual Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) estimate. The relatively low production figure is a result of an estimated 4.4% drop in planted area, and a 12% drop in average yield.
A close collaboration between eastern and western Australian regions has strengthened the capabilities of the Goulburn Murray Valley to rid the region of the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF). Effective area-wide management has been applied to the two regions to control the QFF locally and the Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Medfly) further afield, in the west.
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