Natural disasters such as frost and drought inflict losses of between 120 and 150 trillion rials ($2.8-3.5 billion) to farmers and orchard owners in Iran every year, a board member at Agricultural Insurance Fund said. Niyaz-Ali Ebrahimi-Pak added that the recent frost caused damages to farms and orchards in 21 provinces, adding that Qazvin, Alborz, Tehran, Zanjan and East Azarbaijan were the hardest hit.
A well-conceived pro-farmer agricultural crop insurance scheme — the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) — is faced with the prospect of coming a cropper. The reason: The failure of most states to make timely payments of their premium subsidy share and also conduct the requisite number of crop cutting experiments (CCE) for assessment of yield losses.
According to the work of an international team of researchers, drought areas in Europe will double in size under a three-degree Celsius global warming scenario — from 13% of total area (calculated for the reference period 1971-2000) to 26%. If warming can be limited to 1.5°C, the target of the Paris Climate Protection Agreement, this expansion can be restricted to 19% of the total area, the researchers add.
Robotic lasers have been deployed to stop birds from damaging grapes at a vineyard in California for the first time. The bird-repelling technology has proved so successful it is estimated to have saved the vineyard owner more than 25,000 dollars (about £17,900) and decreased crop loss and bird nuisance by 99.8%.
Debilitating climate change could make Nigeria's economic productivity to decrease by 11 percent in two years, two new reports have revealed. The reports 'Fine Words do not Produce Food' and 'Impact of Investments in Agriculture and Climate Change Adaptation on Small Scale Farmers in Nigeria' were formally presented on Wednesday at a one-day media-CSOs roundtable in Abuja.
Even though Nor’wester rain accompanied by hailstorm came as a much-needed relief for the people of Keonjhar amidst scorching heat; it proved to a be nightmare for farmers as acres of crops were damaged in the sudden downpour and hailstone shower. As per sources, acres of tomato, brinjal and sunflower crops have been badly damaged by the chunky hailstones which lashed many parts of Keonjhar on Monday.
Agricultural officials on Monday estimated the Rhea and 34 Complex wildfires burning in Dewey and Woodward counties have killed about 1,100 head of cattle so far. Jim Reese, Oklahoma's secretary of agriculture, said Monday that's fewer cattle than Oklahoma ranchers lost in a series of wildfires in six western and Panhandle counties just more than a year ago, although he added he expects more ranchers are being hurt by this year's fires.
Coconut production in the state of Veracruz has fallen by 99 percent due to the lethal yellowing disease and a complete lack of replanting, said the representative of the Coastal Society of Mexico and Coordinator of the National Council of Producers in the State, Carmen Belen Lihaut Sequera. She also stated that during the 2013-2014 project, producers had planted 1,700 hectares of coconut that were tolerant to the lethal yellowing disease.
A spring blizzard with high winds and moderate-to-heavy snow blasted much of South Dakota late last week and this past weekend, killing some livestock and sending a number of cattle producers scrambling to protect their cows and young calves. Initial reports from across the state indicate there were some scattered livestock deaths attributed to the storm. However, many farmers and ranchers are still digging out, so the total number of cattle losses may not be fully known until the snow melts.
Tropical Race 4 (TR4), the virulent strain of fungus Fusarium oxysporum cubense that is threatening banana crop globally with the fusarium wilt disease, has hit the plantations in India, the world’s top producer of the fruit. The devastating disease, which surfaced in the Cavendish group of bananas in parts of Bihar, is now spreading to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and even Gujarat, and threatening to inflict heavy losses to the country’s €6 billion banana industry.
Atok officials have yet to assess the extent of crop damage brought about by the almost one hour hail storm wreaking havoc in 26.5 hectares of farmland in Barangay Paoay. Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) agriculturist Cherry Sano said based on their initial assessment, some P2.5 million (€40,000) worth of highland vegetables were damaged on Saturday afternoon April 21, like potatoes and cabbages.
Rice farmers in Budalang’i Constituency, Busia County are panicking after quelea birds invaded their farms destroying the crop and leaving hundreds counting huge losses. Mr Christopher Gunyi – the chairperson of Magombe Multipurpose Cooperative Society said growers are staring at Sh2 million loss, equivalent to 400 bags, following destruction.
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