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.
Cage fish farmers across Ernakulam district suffered massive losses in the recent floods. Farmers of Pizhala, Kadamakkudy, Kothad, Aluva, Gothuruthu, and Kottappuram had seen their fish cages getting washed away, and fish had either gone missing or were dead,” said P.V. Santhosh of Thottakkattukara near Aluva. A senior scientist at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), which has been encouraging farmers to take up cage fish farming, said most farmers lived near waterbodies that saw massive flooding.
The devastating floods that have left a trail of destruction will cripple the state’s agriculture production in a major way in the current year, especially rice. As per the primary analysis by the the state agriculture department, around 56,844.44 ha of cropped area has been affected by the floods, causing a loss of Rs 1355.68 crore to 3.14 lakh farmers. Justin Mohan, director, Agriculture Department, said this is only an indicative loss, and that the actual loss will be very high as the majority of the affected farmers are still languishing in flood relief camps.
India’s coffee production in 2018/19 is likely to fall by at least one-fifth from a year ago as floods in key producing states damaged the crop and delayed exports, industry officials. Some of the worst flooding in India in a century killed hundreds of people in the southern states of Kerala and Karnataka earlier this month, both of which account for more than 90 percent of the country’s total coffee production.
Even as farmers registration under the flagship Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) for 2018-19 kharif season is over, a large number of farmers who suffered crop losses in 2017-18 are yet to receive insurance compensation. Over 6.25 lakh farmers out of 18.99 lakh covered under the insurance scheme are still waiting for their crop loss claims to the tune of Rs 215 crore. This despite the fact that the scheme mandated settlement of claims after two months of crop cutting (around November every year) or latest by the end of the financial year.
Production of plantation crops, including coffee, pepper and cardamom, which was initially expected to be good this season in the State, is set for a steep decline as rainfall that has battered Kodagu, Hassan and Chikkamagaluru has caused large-scale damage to crops. While the Coffee Board declined to estimate the losses citing lack of field data, planters’ association has estimated crop losses at above 70%.
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