According to a recent survey released by Munich Reinsurance America Inc., the popularity of drones is flourishing on the farm, with three in four U.S. farmers (74%) currently using or considering adopting the technology to assess, monitor and manage their farm. The online survey, which polled 269 U.S. farmers, was conducted by Qualtrics in April 2018.
India is a country where the inconsistent monsoon coupled with natural disasters like floods and drought badly affect agricultural output and the welfare of the farmer. Recent farmer agitations have reflected the distress faced by the farming community which had accumulated over several seasons of poor output and therefore poor return on investment.
Wednesday's storms are an example of the severe weather we get in the La Crosse area. In a region with a high number of farmers, that severe weather can make for hardships during the growing season. With snow falling into May, weather already shortened this year's growing season. Different parts of the season bring new challenges for farmers.
The ongoing eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii’s Big Island is starting to have a noticeable impact on the state’s agriculture industry and some farmers, cut off by lava flows, are resorting to unusual methods to harvest their crops. The state department of agriculture estimates the eruption has resulted in over $14 million in losses for farmers on the island. That figure is likely to rise as the lava continues to flow, with no predictable end in sight.
This heat wave brings challenges for area farmers still recovering from one of the wettest months of May on record. Mountain farmers may have dodged the downpours but now comes the heat. Some are dealing with problems like fields overgrown with weeds and not yet planted. It's a mixed bag at North River Farms in Henderson County. Water is being pumped to irrigate tomatoes just recently drowned by heavy rain but now showing signs of a little wilt in the scorching sun.
In an interview, Association of Insurance Brokers of Kenya (AIBK) chairman Nelson Omolo tells farmers to cushion themselves from calamities by partaking in agriculture insurance. It is the protection farmers can get from insurance companies for their crops and livestock in case of a calamity. A farmer pays a small amount called a premium to an insurance firm to compensate him whenever he incurs losses.
Farmers are asked to register under the Prime Minister’s crop insurance scheme for the Kharif season here in the district. According to an administration release, under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana farmers are invited to insure horticultural crops such as onion, turmeric, and plantain against drought, cyclone, hail storm, and floods. All farmers including lessees, those who have obtained crop loans against jewels, those without any crop loan, can insure their crops under the Scheme.
The NSW Government has made a significant announcement for drought assistance to help those affected around the state. Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair announced additional funding for the Farm Innovation Fund, a new weather station, mental health and a new kangaroo management plan at a property just outside of Dubbo on Wednesday.
The Maharashtra government is all set to introduce a system to issue daily district-wise weather advisory to farmers across the state. "The system has a capacity to generate weather alerts for every ten minutes, if required. The state is taking a step forward to explore the possibility of issuing weather advisory for farmers to minimise their crop losses due to adverse weather conditions," Agriculture Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh told PTI.
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