The first frosts of winter affected a total of 6,548 hectares and caused damage worth more than 3.7 million euros, stated the Minister of Agriculture, Miguel Angel del Amor. The economic damage amounted to more than 3,760,000 euros, which is a very high figure for the first wave of cold, according to the minister.
Meghan Arriola has had an East El Paso farm in her family for generations. During that time, one situation has happened a lot more than she’d like to see. “Out here on the farm we do experience dog attacks,” Arriola said. She told she understands how the owners of Licon Dairy feel after two dogs slaughtered 10 of their animals.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) has stated that Visayas -one of the three principal geographical divisions of the nation- will experience a dry season in the first quarter of the year. Therefore, the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) urged farmers to shift to high-value crops in preparation for the El Niño phenomenon.
According to recent research, East Africa could be facing the threat of a citrus fruit sap-sucking pest with the potential to collapse its entire regional fruit industry. The pest is called the Asian citrus psyllid and it transmits the bacterium that causes citrus greening disease, which deforms fruits and reduces their commercial value enormously.
In the second half of 2015, the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC) implemented a two-year pilot project, the Cambodia Micro Agriculture Insurance Scheme (CAMAIS), aiming to support local smallholder farmers by providing insurance payouts to those affected by severe weather-related events.
Weather is like a jester, in Italy. The North is fighting against drought, while the Centre and the South are experiencing strong and persistent rains and snowfalls. In the coming days, temperatures are expected to rise, with snow present only at high altitudes and strong winds, especially in the islands.
Turkey has released new figures on the nation’s 2018 crop production. The Turkstat Institute has cleared numbers showing that cereals and other crops, and vegetable production in general decreased when compared to the year before. While the production of cereals and vegetables dropped with 5.8% and 2.6% respectively, there was a small growth in the production of fruits, beverages and spices (0.8%) in 2018.
The cold of winter doesn’t stop all the external parasites that can torment livestock. While flies and ticks are mainly warm-weather pests, we still have lice to contend with in the winter. Lice are wingless insects that live on the skin of various species, including horses, cattle, sheep, goats and, of course, humans.
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