Kenya has become one of Africa’s pioneers in developing an agriculture insurance market to protect smallholders and pastoralists against the risks of the unpredictable and changing climate. Kenya’s first index-based agriculture insurance pilot took place in 2006. Since then, the Kenyan government, the private sector and development institutions, have been collaborating and experimenting to develop and expand the market.
Following a weekend of heavy rains, California growers are saying that the effect is likely only moderate, if anything, on their crops. Steve Johnston of GW Palmer in Salinas, Ca. notes that a few key growing regions in California—Salinas, Watsonville, Santa Maria and Oxnard—saw between .5 inches to rain to as many as 2.5 inches of rain.
The humble banana, one of the staple foods in East Africa, is under threat from a fungal disease. Kagera region in Tanzania and Luwero districts in Uganda are the most affected areas, according to a recent survey. "The disease is well established and more widespread than previously thought", they warned.
Just like for all other segments, the lemon trend is rather different than usual this year. However, in this case, there are factors that can be traced back to a series of variables that do not apply to other productions. To better understand this, we talked to Francesco Tarallo, a producer from Syracuse.
The wave of night frosts that are affecting much of Italy goes on. In the north, the situation has reached an unprecedented level, with 8 hours below zero on the night of April 2 and minimum peaks of -6 °C. Even the anti-frost systems are struggling, because protecting an orchard with 5 °C below zero is not easy.
Mandatory coronavirus quarantines of seasonal foreign workers in Canada could hurt that country's fruit and vegetable output this year, and travel problems related to the pandemic could also leave U.S. farmers with fewer workers than usual. Foreign labor is critical to farm production in both countries, where domestic workers shun hard physical labor and low pay.
USDA’s Risk Management Agency is authorizing self-certification on replant inspections and waiving witness signatures in certain situations as part of a broader suite of flexibilities to support producers during the coronavirus pandemic. Many state and local governments have issued “stay-at-home” orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may prevent loss adjusters from completing on-the-farm replant inspections.
Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith say USDA’s Risk Management Agency is providing flexibilities to aid producers who are facing slumping commodity prices due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap says producers need all the options they can get to deal with the crisis and crop insurance is their key safety net program.
Bad weather and coronavirus are walloping Argentina's key soy export industry, with a grains exchange cutting its harvest estimate on Thursday as a long line of cargo ships dropped anchor in the Parana River, delayed by health inspections. Argentina is the world's No. 3 corn and soybean exporter, as well as its top supplier of soymeal livestock feed.
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