In the southern areas of Central Italy, heavy, persistent rain and floods have caused a critical situation to develop in the countryside. According to the producer, entire ready-to-eat salad, carrot and turnip fields have been completely destroyed. Here, we show some photos taken at the beginning of the 48th week that illustrate the conditions in fields and greenhouses.
Since last week, Spain has been going through a period of heavy rain events which are certainly taking a toll on the fruit and vegetable sector. Depending on the production area, the damage translates into production losses, impact on the crops' quality and delays in the shipments, both now and for future harvests.
Citrus producers are concerned about the threat of the "pixat" and about the risk of mandarin skins being affected by the excess water; a result of the latest rains. In fact, the harvest has been delayed due to the flooding of fields in the Region of Valencia. The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA) has pointed out that the citrus varieties that are now at the optimum point of ripeness could suffer fungal problems due to the excess water.
On Sunday night through Monday, heavy rain caused flooding in Southern France. Around the town of Carcassonne in the department of Aude, the water became very high. The south of France is an important region for the fruit and vegetable production. A spokesperson of Les Serres de Capestang says consequences for growers in the region are considerable.
Heavy rain in Nabeul damaged 864 hectares of vegetable crops and orchards covering 794 hectares on the 22nd September. Almost 100 hectares of strawberry productions were damaged. This represents 1 fifth of strawberry acreage (500 hectares/year). Nabeul is Tunisia's leading strawberry producer with production varying between 15,000 to 17,000 tons (99%).
For the state, it has been a mix of “too much” and “too little”. While the bounteous southwest monsoon triggered devastating floods and landslides in seven districts of coastal Karnataka, at least 15 districts in the state are staring at severe drought situation. The district of Kodagu and adjoining Malnadu and coastal districts have been witnessing flashes of intense wet spells from May to August. The rainfall recorded during August second week was the highest in the last 118 years.
It could take years for local farmers to recover from this year’s flood. Damage to crop fields is visible just about anywhere there was flooding. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin said the water washed out crops and damaged soil. Even though most fields are insured about 75 percent, Agriculture and Applied Economics Professor Paul Mitchell said this took profits from many farmers who are already dealing with a tight market.
The plantation sector in the south, including tea, coffee, rubber, cardamom and pepper, is estimated to have suffered a ₹5,000-crore crop loss due to the recent floods in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The losses include those of field crops and stocks in warehouses and they may increase due to attacks from pests and fungi in the coming months.
World consumption of natural rubber grew 5.2 percent in the first seven months of 2018, compared with growth of 3.7 percent in world NR supply, according to the July 2018 issue of Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics from the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries. World NR production totaled 8.16 million metric tons in January-July 2018, and production stood at 7.37 million tons, for a total production shortfall of 786,000 tons, ANRPC Secretary General Nguyen Ngoc Bich wrote in his August 23 letter prefacing the July report.
With a demand to pay compensation of Rs 25,000 per acre of crop damaged due to heavy rains and flood, the farmers staged a dharna in front of office of the joint director of the agriculture department here on Tuesday. The farmers under the joint aegis of AP Kowlu Rythula Sangham and the AP Rytu Sangham also demanded that the government register names of tenant farmers while preparing crop loss list.
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