On Sunday, September 20th, the Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupted. “The eruption mostly affected nearby cities and provinces that were in the direction of the wind. There was a 10 kilometers high cloud of ashes, and it came down to the coastal area where about 30-40% of Ecuador’s banana production occurs,” says Hugo Castro of GinaFruit.
A delegation of CPM MPs Elamaram Kareem, KK Raghesh, Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya and Dr Vijoo Krishnan are on a visit to villages in Jind, Hisar and Rohtak to take stock of losses due to whitefly. The MPs said huge losses were suffered by cotton farmers and the PMFBY had failed as no compensation had been paid to them.
The Namibian government needs an estimated N$30 million (€1.5 mln) to contain the locust outbreak in the Zambezi region. The outbreak of the African migratory red locust was reported on 12 August 2020. Agriculture, Water and Land Reform minister Calle Schlettwein told the National Assembly on Thursday that since then, more reports are being received on a daily basis.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig Monday commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly from April through November. “Tuesday marks the official first day of fall and harvest is underway for many farmers across the state,” said Secretary Naig.
Paddy crops across the district suffered heavy damage in the rain that lashed the district in the past week. District agricultural authorities put the loss at ₹7 crore to paddy farmers. Official figures indicate that 467 hectares of paddy was damaged in the last two weeks. The crop loss was heavier at Alathur, Nemmara, Kuzhalmannam, Chittur and Kollangode.
Amidst report of large scale damage to standing urad, moong and soyabean crops, uptrend continued in most of the pulse seeds at the mandis in Indore. Tur (Maharashtra) rose further to ₹7,100 a quintal, while tur (Nimari) rose to ₹5,800-6,800. In the past one week tur in Indore mandis has gained ₹200. Rise in tur has primarily been attributed to weak availability of domestic and imported lemon tur in Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata ports.
Global peach and nectarine production is expected to decline by 1,1 million tons to 21 million tons. Adverse weather conditions are affecting production in China and the European Union. These are the largest producers of these fruits. That means reduced global supplies, which, in turn, will shrink world trade.
In the 2019/2020 season, the Turkish National Citrus Council saw export volumes rise by nine percent to 645,000 tons. A player that has decent amounts available is the Dutch company, Taneks Europe. This company is a joint venture between Taneks Tarim from Adana, Turkey, and Fruitfactor B.V. in Barendrecht, the Netherlands.
Excess rains have affected cotton crop in the cotton growing districts of Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar in Maharashtra. The cotton bolls have started rotting, which will affect the first plucking. A cotton plant undergoes about four pluckings in the harvesting season. The rains will reduce the quality of cotton in the first plucking, which will affect farmers’ earnings.
The Gujarat government on Monday announced ₹3,700-crore relief package for the farmers who suffered crop loss due to excess rains and flooding in several parts of the State. Making an announcement in the State Assembly, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani stated that total 37 lakh hectares of area under 123 tehsil (taluka) will qualify for the relief.
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