Unusually early and heavy snowfall split the trunks of 60 of Dar’s 100 apple trees in November, leading to huge apple - and financial - losses just before the harvest in Shopian, a region known as Kashmir’s apple bowl. “Even if the climate remains favorable in the years to come, I will get only 40 percent (of the apples) I used to harvest,” lamented the farmer from the village of Hirpora.
Farmers across Canada left thousands of acres of potato crops unharvested after a slew of bad weather created challenging conditions, setting the stage for a possible shortage of the starchy dinner table staple. “It’s unprecedented. Never, never before have I seen this in my time,” said Kevin MacIsaac, general manager of the United Potato Growers […]
While farmers are agitated over continuing crop damages by wild elephants in Thadagam valley, wild elephants went on a rampage in agricultural fields on Saturday night. The elephants damaged corn, coconut and banana crops. A lone elephant entered banana plantation, belonging to Elangovan at Varapalayam, and damaged at least 50 trees. Many of the banana trees trampled by the elephant were nearing harvesting stage.
The federal government’s latest report on climate change warns of specific dangers to Midwest agriculture production, which comprises a significant portion of the economies of Kansas and Missouri. Increasing temperatures and more extreme weather patterns such as flooding and drought will have serious consequences on crop and livestock production, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment that was released the day after Thanksgiving.
Further details are emerging of the damage caused by the hail and rain storms that struck Chile’s south central zone earlier this week. Jorge Valenzuela, president of producer association Fedefruta, said cherries and grapes had been the worst affected crops. Valenzuela estimated that losses in the 2018/19 season would run to US$200m, of which cherries will account for US$100m.
The intensity of this Monday's rains and hailstorms in south central Chile affected many crops. Some producers have registered more damages than others. The question is to what extent this will this affect exports and employment in the region. The president of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (Asoex), Richard Bown, said that the regions of O'Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Bio Bio, and Araucania were affected by the weather event.
In Africa, 1,145 natural disasters including droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, storms, wildfire, earthquakes (including tsunamis), mass movements, volcanic activity and land- slides occurred during 1995 and 2015 with 308 million people affected and damages of US$ 17 billion. The most frequent type of disaster was floods (64%) followed by storms (14%) and droughts (13%). However, droughts accounted for 80% of the affected people. The total damage was US$ 17 billion.
With damages estimated so far at $3 billion or more, Hurricane Michael is "the most expensive disaster Georgia has ever seen," Georgia Commissioner of Public Health Patrick O'Neal recently said. After devastating parts of the Florida panhandle when it made landfall Oct. 10, Michael continued its path of destruction through Southwest Georgia, and officials are still adding up the losses.
Cyclone Titli landed in Orissa’s Gopalpur on Thursday, which also badly affected the north coastal districts of Andhra – Srikakulam and Vizianagaram. The agricultural damage in Srikakulam is estimated to be at 1,39,844 hectares – of which 1,36,531 hectares were paddy, 2,021 were cotton, 1,150 were maize and 142 hectares of sugarcane.
In China, people breathe air thick with the lung-damaging pollutant ozone two to six times more often than people in the United States, Europe, Japan, or South Korea, according to a new assessment. By one metric -- total number of days with daily maximum average ozone values (8-hour average) greater than 70 ppb -- China had twice as many high ozone days as Japan and South Korea, three times more than the United States, and six times more than Europe.
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