A sudden spell of heavy unseasonal rainfall and thunderstorms across Telangana during April 20-22 has resulted in serious damage to crops in different districts. Officials from the state agriculture department said paddy crop sown across 2,826 hectares has been damaged due to the rains, and an assessment is currently being undertaken to find out the extent of loss that farmers have suffered.
Ministry of National food Security and Research has written a letter to provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, asking them to submit the reports on damage assessment of different standing crops that were affected due to torrential rains and hailstorm across the crop sowing areas of the country.
Farmers in France and Germany have been forced to destroy over 20,000 hectares of oilseed rape crop after traces of a genetically modified (GM) variety that is not authorised for cultivation in Europe was found in Dekalb seed stocks. Bayer, who own the Dekalb brand, issued a product recall in the autumn but 18,000ha in France and 2150ha in Germany had already been drilled.
Honduran conservationists are worried. A deadly insect that wiped out more than a quarter of the Central American country's conifers between 2013 and 2017 is back. The southern pine beetle - or gorgojo, as it is known locally - appears in large numbers during droughts brought on by El Nino, a climatic phenomenon that occurs every few years and can be a threat to agriculture and even drinking water sources.
Cold and extreme rainfall made it difficult for citrus growers in Greece this year. Over the entire product range, it was a rather difficult season with high failure rates, reports importer Sophoclis Michaelides of Bio-Ilios GmbH, based in Tübingen. "All in all, our contract manufacturers have lost about 500 tons so far."
Hemp and hops are being promoted among alternatives for crops wiped out by Hurricane Michael in the eastern Panhandle. Glen Aiken, director of the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center, said Monday the need for alternatives has grown as farmers in an eight-county area suffered most of the estimated $1.5 billion hit to the state’s agriculture industry in the October storm.
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