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21.10.2021

India - Farmers tally their losses after Kerala flooding

Hundreds of plantains and vegetables such as spinach ready for harvesting in Kalliyoor village have been submerged as Vellayani lake breached its banks in the recent heavy rains. The fields, especially in Pandarakkari and adjacent farms, were flooded and the farmers are still counting the losses.

21.10.2021

South Africa - Widespread Tuta absoluta outbreaks on tomatoes as rainy season gets underway

Tomato producers across South Africa are facing outbreaks of Tuta absoluta, or tomato leaf miner, an aggressive pest of the Solanaceae family, despite a cold winter that generally depresses population numbers.

21.10.2021

India - Gujarat government announces financial aid for farmers to cover crop loss

The Gujarat government on Tuesday announced a relief package for farmers of four districts who have suffered crop loss due to heavy rains last month and said compensation of ₹ 13,000 per hectare would be paid to them.

21.10.2021

USA - Ohio corn harvest way behind schedule this year

Both the corn and soybean harvests are now past the half way point this fall. According to this week’s USDA Crop Progress Report, the soybean harvest advanced 11% last week and is now 60% finished—13% behind last year’s progress by the middle of October.

21.10.2021

Spain - Brussels approves €120 million in aid to transform and modernize greenhouses

The European Commission has approved €120 million, which will be taken from the recovery funds of the European Union, for Spain so they can support the transformation and modernization of greenhouses for vegetables, cut flowers, and ornamental plants.

21.10.2021

India - Kejriwal announces Rs 50,000 per hectare compensation to farmers for crop loss due to rain

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday said that farmers in the capital who suffered crop damage due to the recent unseasonal rains would get compensation at the rate of Rs 50,000 per hectare.

21.10.2021

Uganda - How to make satellite data useful for farmers facing climate change

Over the summer, Edrick Bwambale, a field extension officer who works with farmers in southwestern Uganda to improve their production and productivity, wore a camera on his motorcycle helmet that captured photos as he drove from field to field.

21.10.2021

Zimbabwe - Crop, livestock insurance covers farmers against unforeseen risk

With the arrival of the 2021/22 farming season, many farmers have already started land preparation and securing inputs. Zimbabwe is expecting another bumper harvest in the coming season amid indications that the southern African region will receive normal to above normal rainfall.

20.10.2021

‘Maring’ crop loss reaches ₧2.1B

The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Monday reported that the damages and losses to farmlands due to Severe Tropical Storm “Maring” have now reached P2.1 billion affecting 76,442 farmers and fishers.

19.10.2021

Spain - Asturian kiwifruit harvest delayed due to spring frosts

This season, the kiwifruit harvest is expected to be "slightly" delayed in the Asturian region of Bajo Nalón due to the weather conditions recorded in recent months. "We have had some unusual weather; quite humid, with high temperatures and some frosts.

19.10.2021

India - Farmers incur huge loss due to rains

Due to the recent bout of heavy rains, two days ago, crop loss was reported from several villages in the erstwhile Medak district. However, the officials said that there was no loss of standing crops and added that in some places the crop may have got washed away in the rain water.

19.10.2021

Canada - To be resilient, the Prairie needs lots of wetlands

When many Canadians think of the Prairies, they envision beautiful endless landscapes of agricultural fields stretching across the horizon, perfect for a photo-op on a cross-country road trip. But what is missing from this imagery are the once-ubiquitous pothole wetlands, a defining feature of the region.

19.10.2021

New study explores maize diversity for fall armyworm resistance in a warming world

CABI has contributed to new research which highlights the importance of and need for host plant resistance for fall armyworm (Spodoptera frudiperda) in maize as current maize production in Africa and Asia is under serious threat from the pest and exacerbated by climate change concerns.

19.10.2021

Kenya - Toxic insecticides a threat to food security

Bees play a critical role in food and nutrition security in Kenya through cross-pollination. They are also a source of income for farmers, through products such as honey, pollen, beeswax, propolis, and royal jelly.

19.10.2021

Spain - 40% drop in persimmon volumes

With 350 hectares, Agrintesa is a leading persimmon producer and trader. This year, however, a considerable drop in production is expected. FreshPlaza talked about it with Cristian Moretti, general manager at Agrintesa, and Enrico Bucchi, sales manager at Italia Alegra.

18.10.2021

USA - Finding ways to survive and thrive amid climate change and extreme weather

Tom Farquhar checked the rain gauge on his farm in Ashton, Md., on Sept. 1, when remnants of Hurricane Ida rolled through the Mid-Atlantic. He was shocked — about 2½ inches of rain had fallen between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Then, almost another inch fell that afternoon.

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