Tanzania is losing a staggering Sh221.7 billion ($96.6million) a year due to drought affecting maize and legume yields, according to a recent study. Total annual losses amount to 306,805 tonnes, with maize accounting for 246,823 tonnes and legumes 59,892 tonnes, the Country Synthesis Report 2018 reveals.
At least 1 800 cattle have succumbed to drought in Matabeleland South Province with Gwanda and Beitbridge being the hardest hit districts so far. A crop and livestock assessment that is being carried out in Matabeleland South indicates that erratic rains experienced in some parts of the districts have impacted negatively on the 2018 /2019 agricultural season.
The Karnataka government on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the central government seeking a relief assistance of Rs 2,064.30 crore to drought-hit farmers in the ongoing rabi season. The state revenue minister R V Deshpande called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him about the severe drought prevailing in the southern state. State Agriculture Minister Shivashankar Reddy was also present in the meeting.
Australia's west coast is facing hot, dry weather over the next three months, the country's bureau of meteorology said on Thursday (Jan 31), denting the outlook for wheat production in the world's fourth largest exporter. There is only a 20 per cent chance that the state of Western Australia will receive average rainfall between Feb 1 and Apr 30, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said in its latest three-month outlook.
At the Salegaon cattle market in Beed, farmers say that usually there are about 1,000 cattle at this time of the year "But now there are 2,000, says Balasaheb Ingle, a major cattle trader from Kaij taluka. Oversupply has meant a crash in prices. While a pair of bullocks usually fetched Rs 60,000, now the price is Rs 20,000 and lower "I used to buy 15 cattle at each market. Now I am not even buying five," says Ingle, whose clients in larger markets have dried up.
Australia is experiencing a slightly unsteady market at the moment, and circumstances could soon become even more unstable. The nation appears to be set for yet another year of persistent drought. A lack of rain wiped out the profits of many farmers last year. The federal government had to dip into allocated savings to reimburse farmers who lost out on any chance of bumper crops as the climate continues to grow warmer.
Damages to agriculture brought about by Tropical Depression “Usman” has breached the PHP1-billion mark, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said on Monday. As of 5 p.m. Monday, the DA Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Operation Center recorded PHP1.08 billion in damages and losses, with an estimated volume production of 23,853 metric tons (MT) affecting 54,345 hectares of farm lands.
Odisha has sought an assistance of Rs 1,534.82 crore from the central government towards mitigation of farmers' problems due to the drought situation in certain pockets of nine districts, an official said on Friday. The state government, in its memorandum submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, said that a crop loss (mainly paddy) of 33 per cent and above had been recorded in some pockets of the state as a result of erratic rainfall and moisture-stress condition.
The window for planting maize and soya beans in SA has passed, and with barely anything planted in western growing areas because of drought, the likelihood of the need for imports increases, says grain farmers’ lobby group Grain SA. “The probability of a repeat of the 2016 drought is increasing daily,” Grain SA CEO Jannie de Villiers said. “Some of the scenarios we are facing look even grimmer than the previous drought.
Colorado's farming and ranching communities are facing a season of economic losses, after summer drought dried up grass for cattle, killed crops and kept thousands of acres from being planted. Drought in Colorado has a widespread impact on an economy where tourism and recreation play important parts, with money-drawing activities like rafting, fishing and skiing. But when it comes to agriculture – a $40 billion industry that generates $7 billion in revenue for the state, ultimately a fraction of Colorado's GDP – Colorado is a state divided.
The swelteringly hot summer of 2018 has long since given way to the early chills of winter in Germany but the effects of the damaging drought that gripped the country from May to August are still being felt by the country's farmers. While around 8,000 farmers have applied for emergency aid so far — as promised to them by the government in August — no money has yet been paid out, the German Farmers' Union (DBV) confirmed on Friday.
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