An agricultural insurance policy, which was launched under the auspices of Dr. Fuad bin Jaffer bin Mohammed Al Sajwani, minister of agriculture and fisheries on Monday, will be extended to cover livestock and fishermen later. The present policy, which is the first phase of the whole programme, is for covering the risks of vegetable farmers in Oman.
The State government wanted amendments to the existing Central government crop insurance policy under “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’ to provide farmers with insurance support during crop damage. The Union government had launched the insurance scheme across the country, subsequently the State government notified the scheme and asked farmers to avail the opportunity by paying premium.
The Tamil Nadu Farmers Association is demanding full compensation for crops destroyed by wild animals. In a letter to the forest department and agriculture department, the association said the government-fixed rate of Rs 25,000 per acre for crop damage was becoming inadequate and that the compensation does not reach the farmers.
When Erich Pearson awoke before dawn and found his rural Trinity Road community on fire, he woke up his housemate, checked on a neighbor and drove straight to the Glen Ellen farm where workers were in the midst of the harvest rush for his SPARC dispensaries. When Pearson arrived, fire seemed to surround the ranch, an old turkey farm off Highway 12, with flames destroying drying and trimmed plants in the barns and smoke singeing plants still ripening in the dirt.
The Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) has installed four new automatic weather stations as part of efforts to expand its observation network and improve climate and weather forecasting. The new stations have been installed in Kigali (Gitega station), Kamonyi (Gacurabwenge station), Gakenke (Rushashi station), and Rwamagana (Rwamagana station). The weather stations were acquired with support from the Rwanda Green Fund (FONERWA).
Incessant rains over the last few days have reportedly spoiled the farmers’ hope for good paddy harvest in many parts of this district. According to farmers, owing to good rainfall this year, there was chance of good harvest. However, the low pressure-induced rains flattened paddy saplings in hectares of water-logged farms at the time of maturing, they said. Besides, vegetable cultivation has also been badly affected by the unseasonal rainfall in many pockets, it was learnt.
Last week a swarm of locusts attacked large areas of the blueberry cultivation in Yatasto, south of San Jose de Metan. This area, where the company Extraberries SA has a modern packing plant, is currently the largest producer of blueberries in Argentina. The area has some 180 hectares cultivated with this crop. On the morning of Monday, October 9, millions of insects began to feed on the fruits and plant leaves in different batches.
The Bierzo Chestnut Board (based in Leon) lamented the "irreparable" loss of chestnut trees and forest in Galicia and the Bierzo region in the fires of recent days. "This situation, if caused deliberately, once again shows the lack of sensitivity to our natural environment that some individuals have, putting human lives at risk," the entity said in a statement.
FAO and its partners Bioversity International, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and the World Banana Forum have launched a global programme requiring $98 million to contain and manage a new strain, Tropical Race 4 (TR4) of Fusarium wilt, an insidious disease that can last for years in soils and can travel to new fields and destinations through a number of means such as infected planting materials, water, shoes, farm tools and vehicles.
Acres upon acres of crops were submerged in filthy water in Penal and Barrackpore yesterday as a result of overnight and persistent rains during the day. Crop farmer Chabinath Ramnanan was almost brought to tears, as for the second time this year his fields in Penal were destroyed. Bodi, bhagi, tomatoes, eggplants and corn near harvesting were all gone.
Southwest Georgia cotton growers said last month's severe weather most likely ended what could have been Georgia's best cotton crop ever. Now, farmers are harvesting what they can. McClesky Cotton Owner and Georgia Cotton Commission President Ronnie Lee said that while Southwest Georgia's cotton crop was damaged by Irma, other areas of the state were more damaged.
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