Millions of dollars of infrastructure damage and lost sugar cane production has been reported in north Queensland, as growers and millers continue to assess damages from major flooding this month. Days of inundation across the Tully and Herbert valleys will lead to a serious downgrade of estimated cane yields this season, with some farmers facing immense losses.
A Kelowna apple orchardist is out tens of thousands of dollars of potential crop after wildlife tore down his fence and destroyed his trees. After returning from a month-long vacation, Surjit Nagra discovered the fence had been trampled and his trees destroyed by what appeared to be hundreds of deer and elk, judging by the droppings they left behind.
An armyworm infestation has destroyed P261 million worth of onions here, prompting the local government to consider placing the city under a state of calamity. The infestation ravaged 930.26 hectares of more than 1,100 ha of onion plantations and affected 2,297 farmers, according to the city agriculture office.
The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange (BAGE) trimmed its 2017/18 soy crop by a further 2.5 million mt down to 39.5 million mt, with the most recent losses in the north eastern area of the country which was hit by drought during critical growth stages. That figure is down 31% on the year and 14.5 million mt less since BAGE’s first estimate at the start of the season, and is one of the first industry bodies to forecast a crop lower than 40 million mt.
The farmers in Tamil Nadh received Rs 7 and Rs 10 as a compensation for crop loss. The compensation cheques were issued to them by the Dindigul Central Cooperative Bank Ltd to help them for the crop they had lost. The farmers were shocked to see the amount on the cheques as they were as low as Rs 5.
A technical committee of the Indus River System Authority (Irsa) comprising technical experts from federal agencies including Wapda, Meteorological Department and representatives from the four provinces calculated total water availability at 95 million acre feet (MAF) for Kharif season compared to 107 MAF last year and post-Tarbela dam average of 112 MAF.
Producers in Saskatchewan got some good news last month when the provincial government restored the PST exemption for premiums paid to agricultural insurance policies, including the Western Livestock Price Insurance Program. Jodie Griffin, the Saskatchewan Co-ordinator for the program, says this move will definitely help producers cut their costs.
Cotton planting in India, the world’s top producer of the fibre, could fall 12 percent in the 2018/19 crop year as infestation by the pink bollworm has slashed farmers’ incomes and prompted them to choose other crops, industry officials said. The reduction in planting area could cut into export supply from India and further bolster global cotton prices, which earlier this month hit their highest since June 2014.
In Somalia massive livestock deaths due to drought - 60 per cent of herds in some areas - have severely damaged pastoralists' livelihoods. The livestock losses threaten to exacerbate the country's food security situation, which remains critical in the central and northern pastoral areas, FAO warned today.
An impending nor'easter along with wet March weather could delay planting for a couple of crops in the First State, reducing yields and causing some farmers to forgo planting them this year. High tide and winds could push salt water onto farmland. University of Delaware extension vegetable specialist Gordon Johnson says that can make it harder for water to enter the roots of a crop.
In mid-March, residents in some coastal areas in the Mekong Delta began complaining about fresh water shortage. Farmers who had just finished harvesting of the winter-spring crop are now hurrying to sow the summer-autumn crop. Fresh water is getting scarce because of rising sea water levels and saline intrusion, damaging agricultural production and affecting people’s lives.
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