Rice farmers in Negros Occidental suffered losses amounting to PHP11.544 million brought by various crop pests in the past four months. A report released by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) on Tuesday showed the infestations were caused by rice black bugs, rats, and bacterial leaf blight between the period November 2018 and February 2019.
Farmers have had to fight against diseases that affect different crops, such as Palm and Cogollo rot. Plantain, another of the products harvested in the province, has also been affected. Juan Carlos Robles, an Innovation Technician of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in the province, said they were carrying out different trainings to improve the plantation and help production with organic fertilizers and better practices.
In South Korea the first lettuce and herbs have been harvested in the TAPKIT units that EZfarm purchased. Harvesting under these cold conditions is the first for the relatively new greenhouse kit. Teshuva Agricultural Projects (T.A.P.) supplies the TAPKIT - a 500 m2 hydroponic unit, in three different versions, depending on the climate of the project.
A detailed report prepared by the technical services of the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) reveals that since last September, the losses accumulated by growers dedicated to the cultivation of oranges and mandarins amount to around 300 million Euro (295.9 million, to be precise).
Abundant showers in most of Ivory Coast’s cocoa regions last week augured well for the April-to-September mid-crop, farmers said on Monday, despite concerns over below-average rainfall in the centre of the country. Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, is entering the rainy season, which runs from mid March to late October.
The Philippines will have to endure the adverse and worsening effects of the El Niño phenomenon until the end of May, disaster officials said. In a press briefing, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Ricardo Jalad said 41 provinces will be classified as under a dry spell by the end of this month.
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